Before we get to this Guest Post, I need to share some context: for the month of March, I am living in CA and my husband is living in WA because, yep, we're relocating yet again (hopefully for the last time in a long, long while). So while I'm sticking to 3 recipes a week on my own and doing my normal weekly menu-planning up to wazoo, my husband is flying by the seat of his pants to feed himself while living alone in a furnished temporary rental apartment.
So a couple days ago, we FaceTime-d to brainstorm some more long-term grocery shopping plans for him. He's been on a shop-every-other-day schedule which I think is just crazy, plus I felt obligated to intervene after he made frozen tempura AND frozen yakisoba for dinner and then complained to me that he felt gross. We came up with 4 dinners in a row that he could make using chicken baked on the first night. Easy, right?
Well, last night I get a pre-dinnertime text saying he has a surprise for me, and a couple hours later, a post-dinnertime email popped into my inbox with the following (drumroll, please): my husband wrote a blog post about his dinner! Which of course made me fall down laughing while also glowing with pride and joy.
So I present: Pot Belly Bird's first ever Guest Post written by none other than my husband, Jeff.
What Husbands Do Unsupervised
Being away from your wife for an extended period of time stinks. Being away from your wife who is an awesome cook, the menu-planner and grocery shopper of the house, and is the #1 reason why our grocery bills are smaller than George Costanza’s you know what when he gets out of the pool, REALLY stinks. But, I won’t deny it: being on my own so I can buy cereal meant for kids, i.e. Frosted Flakes, is almost totally worth it.
So after opening one my my favorite “thinking beers” (thank you, Sierra Nevada Torpedo) to help me decide how to cook my previously planned meal (thank you wife), the most amazing thought popped into my head: What if I used crushed Frosted Flakes instead of breadcrumbs to make crispy chicken tenders??!
Well, according to the internet, this is actually A Thing. See for yourself: Frosted Flake Chicken Tenders. I guess moms really know how to trick their kids into eating healthy meals. Well, at least I think this one is healthy. Or maybe, “healthy.” I, however, will instead be tricking our future kids into doing my chores for free.
As awesome as this recipe looks (mainly because it calls for Frosted Flakes, which I have, and doesn’t call for breadcrumbs, which I don’t have), my biggest problem in this adventure I refer to as “return to bachelorhood” is: I don’t have any flour (temporary rental apartment living. . . without a wife, no less. . .does have its drawbacks). However, I have a feeling it won’t be as big a problem as making pancakes without baking powder. Now, you're probably asking yourself, what dope makes pancakes without baking powder? I’ll let you figure that one out for yourself because my wife surely hasn’t forgotten.
Back to Chicken Crusted Frosted Flakes! Time to dive in! Even without flour, I’m hopeful that this will work out.
Tangent #1: So of course this apartment has a coffee grinder, and it’s coming in quite handy at the moment. The ironic thing is, I have a bag of coffee beans that I mistakenly purchased many weeks back when I meant to buy ground coffee (queue wife eye roll). Not wanting to be wasteful, I did attempt to manually grind the beans (yes, actual manual labor), but it wasn’t worth the effort, and I’ve been hanging on to the bag for reasons I’m not sure of. But now I have a coffee grinder!
Tangent #2: The second ironic part to this story is that when I went to make coffee for the first time here, I got out the Mr. Coffee maker, ground my beans in the aforementioned coffee grinder, and was all ready to brew some Pike’s Roast when I noticed that there weren’t any coffee filters in the cupboard. BAHHHHH! But thank you again to the internet, a YouTube video showing how to fold a coffee filter from a paper towel saved the day. Score!
Where was I? Ahh yes, knee deep in a potential disaster. But I’m off to a good start because pulverizing Frosted Flakes in a coffee grinder was a success! Word to the wise: make sure to pulse the grinder, otherwise you’ll burn them to smithereens.
I have no idea what is happening right now, but I think it’s working!!
Holy cow, it worked! In the words of Tony the Tiger. . . Theeeeyyyyyyy’re Great!!!!
Now you ask, what do you do with such amazing chicken? The answer: whatever the heck you want. This hack-a-chef-Jeff is making a buffalo chicken wrap, WITH a side salad. My wife would be so pleased!
Enjoy! I know I will.
- Making more than enough frosted crust.
- Opening another “thinking beer” before sitting down because you won’t want to interrupt dinner to get up to get a fresh one.
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!