One of our favorite meals is my oven fried chicken with hot sauce!
It is common sense to try to save money at the grocery store these days. I grow as many vegetables as possible on my small homestead. I do not raise meat animals though. We eat meat and yes, I understand where it comes from. I just do not have enough land, time or money to raise it myself. I now purchase almost all our meat from a local restaurant supply store and it has made a big difference in our grocery budget.
The chicken at Mainesource Food & Party Warehouse is sold in ten pound bags. If I am canning it, I will buy 2-3 bags so I can put a good supply away at once. If I am using it for a few meals now, then I buy one bag, unless it is for company. If you have a freezer, you can buy more than I do. They sell it in special case lots even cheaper. Stock up when it is on sale. Then when you have time, create some of your favorite recipes with it and freeze or can them. Fast food couldn't be simpler or better!
Oven Fried in Cast Iron Skillets
Oven Fried Chicken
Rinse the chicken pieces with water. Then shake or roll in seasoned bread crumbs. Put them in your skillet or pan. Sprinkle garlic powder liberally on each piece. If you want for additional flavor you can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on each one also
Pour a little melted butter on top of each piece. Put in the oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes to one hour. Check it to see if they are done. Juices should run clear. We like it moist and crisp on top. It doesn't matter if they are skinless or not. Even skinless comes out crispy for me. Breasts cook faster than legs and thighs, so cut them a little to see if they are done. Nothing is worse than biting into chicken that is not done! When it is done serve with my hot wing sauce below, and you can add a little blue cheese dressing if desired. Much cheaper than buying hot wings!
Homemade Hot Wing Sauce
katlupe's Hot Sauce
12 Tbsp. any hot sauce
1/2 cup butter (can be less, adjust it if needed)
2-3 Tbsp. white vinegar (add more if you made it too hot)
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Mix all ingredients in a small pan over low heat until the butter is melted. Stir occasionally.
Fresh Salad made by Jeff, my son
This is a really good recipe and easy to make. Add a salad and you have a easy meal that everyone will love! If you buy a bulk supply of chicken, you can make this recipe and wrap and freeze it for quick meals during the week. Try it and tell me what you think!
Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
According to the FTC Blogging Disclosure, I have to let you know that Mainesource did contact me about writing a post about how to save money by shopping in bulk. That was after I had posted about their store in several past posts, since it is my regular store. In no way did they influence me on what I wrote!