12 July 2012

My 400th Recipe: Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs


 Today is an exciting day!  Today I am celebrating another milestone on my little blog.  Today I am posting my 400th recipe!  Wow!  I can't believe there are 400 recipes here!  If it wasn't for Blogger keeping track of my post count, I wouldn't believe it.  



I have chosen an awesome recipe to be my 400th.  Crispy breaded chicken thighs cooked on the grill.  Breaded chicken on the grill?  Yep!  I know, I was skeptical when I first saw it too, but it was a Food Network recipe and they very rarely steer me wrong, so I thought it was worth a shot. Best risk I ever took!


Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs


Ingredients:
⅓ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2¼ lbs.)
Vegetable oil, for brushing
1½ cups dry breadcrumbs
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt


Directions:
Combine the mayonnaise, chili powder, 1 tsp onion powder, and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.


Preheat a grill to medium low. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil. Combine the breadcrumbs, 1 tsp onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and 1 tsp salt in a shallow dish.  Add the chicken, turning to thoroughly coat. Grill the chicken, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes per side.


Makes 4 servings.

I made a few changes, mostly adding seasoning to the breadcrumbs.  I thought they should be seasoned too. This chicken is amazing!  So crispy and crunchy on the inside, while tender and juicy on the inside.  Perfect.  

This was the meal I chose as my "grill take-over" on Father's Day.  My husband had always done all the grilling at our house, but I was starting to notice that not everything was turning out so well.  I'm just going to come out and say it: things were being burned.  Badly.  Like, beyond recognition.  I had a hunch that the problem was that my husband was grilling everything (burgers, pork chops, bone-in chicken, you name it) on high.  As high as it goes.  Like 700 degrees.  I think it's kind of a man thing.  Some fire is good, so more must be better, right?  Wrong!  Father's Day was the perfect time for my grill take-over because I disguised it as giving my husband the day off from grilling.  "I will make the entire dinner, honey. You don't have to lift a finger!"  My plan worked perfectly.  Until I noticed that every time I came back outside to check on the chicken, my husband was standing at the grill turning the heat up!  So I kept shooing him away.  I grilled that chicken on medium-low the whole time, while he sat there trying to read his book and not notice how I was doing it.  He was very impressed at how it turned out.  So I thought he had finally learned a valuable lesson that day and that he wouldn't cook everything on high in the future.

He was grilling earlier this week, and he said to me, "You know, I think sometimes it works out better to have the grill on medium instead of high."  *Forehead slap* Duh!  I guess sometimes you just have to learn things on your own!


Here's to another 400 recipes!


6 comments:

Mary said...

Congratulations!! 400 recipes is amazing - the chicken sounds simply delicious!
Mary x

Heidi @ Crockpotladies.com said...

Congrats on your 400th recipe, how exciting! And what a recipe it is, that looks amazing (have to Pin it). I would never have thought of breaded chicken on the grill. It is like you CAN have your cake (er, I mean chicken) and eat it too!)

Tammy said...

If I make this in the oven, what temperature should I use and for how long? Thank you. Tammy

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Sorry, Tammy, I don't know the answer to this as I have never made it in the oven. You will have to experiment. Let me know if you tried it and how it turned out.

Frilly said...

Trying this today. Living your blog! Are u still posting?

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook said...

Thank you! Yep, just posted a new recipe today. If you click on the name of my blog up at the top, it will take you to my homepage and you can see my most recent posts. You can also follow me on FB to see all my new posts. www.facebook.com/edesiasnotebook Hope you like the chicken!

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