Next to cheese fries and a few other amazing things, fried chicken is up there in my top 5 favorite foods. There is nothing better than that perfect crispy breading, and juicy meat, and you can’t forget all the delicious sides that go along. I found this Hot Honey at ALDI and I knew I had to have it with some fried chicken. I learned a life-changing trick from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence that makes sure the breading stays on the chicken while frying. I make this after pickle brining the chicken for 24 hours. You can always omit that or marinade with buttermilk. Serve this fried chicken up with your favorite sides, like mac & cheese, french fries, or a side salad.
16 oz Pickle juice
1 Cup Water
2 Smashed Garlic for Brine
1 LB Chicken cut of choice, I used drumsticks, can use thighs or breast
3 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Water
1 Cup Hot Sauce
4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 TSP Salt
2 TSP Pepper
2 TSP Paprika
1 TSBP Cayenne Pepper
Berryhill Hot Honey [can buy at ALDI]
Peanut or Vegetable Oil for fryer
Let’s Get Cooking
In a large bowl, place the pickle juice + garlic + 1 cup of water and add in the chicken. Cover with foil and place in the fridge to rest for 24 hours. Drain chicken from brine and pat dry when ready to use.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs + water + hot sauce and set aside.
On a large plate, whisk together flour + salt + pepper + paprika + cayenne.
Dredge the chicken in the flour, then egg wash, then flour again and place the chicken on the wire rack or baking pan and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meg ensures that this allows the breading to stick to the chicken and she is absolutely right!
Heat the frying oil to 350F and work in batches frying the chicken for about 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.
I first off want to clarify that this is Snoop Dog’s WIFE’s, Shante Broadus’s, mac and cheese recipe. I feel that is important to point out because she deserves all the credit here. The original recipe calls for 5 cups of extra sharp cheddar. Instead, I did half with Colby-jack but you do not have to! I bought fall-shaped noodles from ALDI so I was incredibly excited to make this. I have nothing more to say about this recipe other than you need to make it and the nutmeg is game-changing.
2 TSP Salt + more for the water
1lb Elbow macaroni, or cute fall shapes
2 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Heavy Cream
4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
2 1/2 Cups Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar
2 1/2 Cups Shredded Colby Jack
1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Sour Cream
1 TSP Cracked Black Pepper
2 TSP Dry Mustard
1/2 TSP Ground Nutmeg
2 TSP Worchestershire Sauce
1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
Let’s Get Cooking
Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly butter a 9×13 in baking dish.
Bring a large pot of water, heavily salted, to boil. Add in the macaroni and cook 1 minute less than the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
In a small saucepan over MED heat, combine the milk and cream and gently heat. Be careful not to boil.
While the milk heats, in a large skillet over MED heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour and whisk constantly for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in the warmed milk. Cook for 2 minutes whisking frequently or until thickened. Adjust the heat as needed so the milk does not boil.
Gradually add in half of the Colby jack and half the cheddar cheese. Whisk until fully incorporated and smooth. Add in the sour cream and whisk until smooth. Add in pepper + dry mustard + cayenne + Worcestershire sauce + nutmeg. Season with salt.
Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until combined. Spoon the mixture into the buttered dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
May is Asian and Pacific Islander Month and what better way to celebrate a culture than through their food. I was at ALDI the other day and found these Ramen kits from IRL Food. They had spicy chicken and this miso ramen, I picked up both because they looked so good. I used Budget Bytes as a source to spice up my ramen kit and make it a proper meal. It was incredibly easy to put together and the miso broth from the kit was DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to taste the spicy chicken.
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Let’s Get Cooking
The kit starts off by bringing the broth to a low boil.
While that’s heating up, in a skillet saute garlic + zested ginger with the olive oil. Once that becomes fragrant, add in the spinach and cook until wilted.
Once the broth has come to a boil, add in the noodles. Break the noodles up with a fork. Let that boil on low for about 2 minutes.
Turn down to a low simmer and crack an egg into the broth. Let it cook enough that the white is fully cooked but the yolk is still soft.
Once done, pour into a bowl, and top with spinach + scallions + a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce!
Enjoy and be sure to give your support to local Asian-owned businesses!
We all remember when Avocado toast became all the craze a few years ago, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect breakfast, especially topped with a beautifully done egg. I found this recipe from @Kelseysfoodreviews on Tik Tok where she used a hashbrown as the toast. I saw some frozen hashbrown’s at ALDI the other day, and I had to make this. I had it for breakfast and OMG, it’s silky, it’s crispy and very satisfying.
1 Frozen Hash Brown
1/2 Avocado Mashed
Crushed Red Pepper
Salt + Pepper
Let’s Get Cooking
Cook the hashbrown per package instructions, and make sure it is extra crispy.
While the hash brown is cooking, mash the avocado in the bowl with some red pepper flakes + lime juice + salt + pepper.
In a skillet, drizzle olive oil in a pan and heat on MED.
Crack the egg in the skillet and fry until the whites are fully cooked.
Once the hashbrown is done, top with the mashed avocado and fried egg.