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Chicken Patties

on February 18, 2014

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You mean I can have a "fast food" chicken sammy made at home with real chicken?!

You mean I can have a “fast food” chicken sammy made at home with real chicken?!

When I was expecting Ozzy, I ate many a fast food chicken sammies.  I know, I know… I should’ve been eating more fruits and veggies, but they tasted sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

After having Oz, I’ve only eaten maybe 3… that’s like once a year.  So when I made something at home that unexpectedly tasted just like one, I was so pumped!

I was eating left overs at work for lunch and I immediately called my husband.

“Have you eaten lunch yet?!”

“Yeah, why?”

“Doesn’t the chicken taste like a fast food chicken sandwich?”

“Yeah, actually someone asked what I was eating and I told her it was basically fake chicken, but it’s real.”

Haha!

Right after I got off the phone with him, I texted Auntie M (my husband’s cousin’s wife and my good friend) to tell her how excited I was to try them in patty form!

Auntie M is the one who originally made the buffalo chicken meatballs that inspired this creation.  Let me explain…

So for the past few years on New Year’s Eve, Auntie M and I have had “Pinterest Nights” where we try a bunch of new appetizer recipes we found on Pinterest.  It’s such a success that we started having one in the summertime, too!

Last year, Auntie M made these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.  We loved them and she made them again as an appetizer for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  They were gone in 20 minutes!

I decided to make them for Super Bowl Sunday and we loved them yet again.  So, I thought I would make them for dinner one night.  However, I thought I’d tone down half the batch for Ozzy… I used ranch in place of buffalo sauce and because I was cooking one handed (with my kid-cook in training on my hip), I left out the celery.  That night, I ate the buffalo portion, so I didn’t know how amazing the ranch version was until the next day.

Less than a week later, I made them as patties and the result is this deliciousness…

Here they are almost done... they just need to finish cooking in the oven.

Here they are almost done… they just need to finish cooking in the oven.

Oh, and I feel like it’s worth mentioning that even with all that ranch, it doesn’t taste like ranch!  It tastes just like a fast food chicken patty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • Whole wheat Ritz crackers (half of a 12.9oz box)
  • 1 c ranch dressing
  • Oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Put the crackers into a large zip top bag and crush them into crumbs.
  3. Mix chicken, 1 cup cracker crumbs, and 3 T ranch.
  4. Pour the rest of the crackers and ranch into separate bowls.
  5. Form chicken mixture into patties and heat the oil in a skillet.
  6. Coat them in ranch, then in cracker crumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  7. Fry each patty until golden brown on each side.
  8. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 165°.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him do the cracker crunching!
  • Measure the crackers before crushing them.  Ask him if he thinks there will be more before or after crushing.  Measure them again after and have a discussion about volume.
A perfect "kid cook" job is crushing the crackers!

A perfect “kid cook” job is crushing the crackers!

... at least until something more fun (like helping Daddy de-kitty-fur the couch) comes along.  What?

… at least until something more fun (like helping Daddy de-kitty-fur the couch) comes along. What?

That's ok... I called in the trainee.

That’s ok… I called in the trainee.

This recipe was inspired by: OMFG. So Good.

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3 responses to “Chicken Patties

  1. lindz5 says:

    These look so good! I printed the recipe and will make this weekend. Thanks for sharing. I started a new blog: http://www.lindz5.wordpress.com I hope you follow it, too!

  2. Alicia says:

    Thanks, Lindz! Let me know what you think!
    P.S. I checked out your blog… looks like you’re having fun in the snow! 🙂

  3. […] In this case, it’s shredded cheddar cheese, left over bacon crumbles, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and leftover Chicken Patties! […]

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