Tuesday 6 September 2011


The children go back to school this week. After thoroughly chilling out and enjoying the summer break, I have to snap back into the school time routine. 

Weeknight meals on school days tend to be rushed in our household. I bet it is in most. I have to quickly cook after the school run, serve the kids dinner (technically it's called "tea" because we eat very early), then they have to do their school work. 

The dinner has to be planned so that I know exactly what to do and can get on with things pretty quickly. When my children were very young, they had their fair share of frozen crumbed food. Thankfully, their tastes have now matured (a little) and prefer real home made crumbed food, if they were to have it. 

Today, I've decided to make chicken steaks.  I always have bread crumbs in the freezer made with the end slices of loaves (whizzed in the food processor and stored in a zip lock bag). Everything has to be  ready in a few minutes. A simple garlic balsamic drizzle serves as sauce. This really wakes up the taste of the chicken and is a welcome change from the red sauce that comes out of a squeeze bottle. I served it with boiled potatoes and a salad. 


four chicken breasts
butter and olive oil for frying
bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk

Marinade ingredients:

1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp.salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 sprig of thyme, chopped or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar


Marinate the chicken pieces in a mixture of all the marinade ingredients. Dredge lightly in all purpose flour. Beat the eggs and milk together. Dip the floured chicken pieces in the egg mixture before coating with breadcrumbs. Shake off excess. Heat up a pan and add 1 tbsp. each of butter and olive oil. Panfry the chicken, one at a time until just light brown. Drizzle with the glaze.

For the garlic balsamic glaze:

2 tbsps. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsps. brown sugar
2 tbsps. balsamic vinegar

Heat up the butter in a sauce pan and add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Take out out most of the garlic but leave about a teaspoonful in the pan. Continue to cook until golden and crisp. Take out of the pan and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer gently until syrupy. Drizzle on top of the chicken and sprinkle with the crispy garlic.

It is also nice on a crusty bread roll.

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  1. Very Yummy looking dish.And a splash of vinegar adds extra taste:)

  2. This looks wonderful! The yummy balsamic drizzle is a nice touch. My daughter's tastes have matured too, and I am amazed at all the different things she will eat now.

  3. They look lovely! Something for both adults and the kids! x

  4. The chicken looks delicious and perfectly browned-I would have been quite pleased with just that. However, the balsamic glaze is such a great addition-simply delicious.

  5. Isn't it wonderful when children finally begin to accept "real" food instead of rejecting everything out of course? This chicken looks fantastic and I'd definitely pull up to the plate, either with the potatoes or the sandwich!

  6. I reckon most kiddos would go thru this phase of not wanting real home-cooked food that would eventually goes off. I understand what you mean by 'Thankfully' ;)

    Your chicken steak looks so crispy and succulent! I'd love to have mine on a crusty bread roll! ;D

  7. Your lunch look divine..of how would I love it right now:)) Great recipe and pictures are really fantastic!

  8. I bet the chicken itself is delicious, but my eyes are on the last photo... I want this sandwich for my lunch....well I haven't had a proper breakfast yet and maybe that's why I'm extra crazy for this delicious chicken steak! Looks so good!!! Good luck with the back-to-school week! I've been busy since my kids started school too. @_@ mommy is always busy!

  9. Oh wow, that drizzle! I am in love. You just can't go wrong with garlic and balsamic!

  10. As always you prepare delicious dinners. I love the garlic balsamic drizzle, I am sure it gives it a delicious taste. I will eat this chicken steak happily both ways, with veggies and on a roll.

    Have a great afternoon :)

  11. This is a delicious meal. I plan to have chicken tonight for dinner and I will try your Garlic Balsamic Drizzle. Thanks for the great dinner idea. Great photos!

  12. Adora - that's stunning! I bet everyone loved it!

  13. Oh my, I want to come over for dinner so bad. This is spectacular.

  14. The chicken looks perfectly crisp! And I love that you have breadcrumbs in the freezer. That is really smart!

  15. This looks simply scrumptious!

  16. This looks delicious. Great photos. The addition of balsamic is perfect!


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