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I have to admit, I don’t like to wear a coat-nor do I like to necessarily put something heavy on my foods.

However, I must admit that sometimes, as much as I like to grill-it’s just not going to happen.  Case in point, the last few weeks where we were living in a literal flood zone.

The other was when my husband went to the market for me and came back with a very large package of “thin” boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they “were on sale“.

I know that the breast is leaner and better for us-but honestly, it’s more difficult to keep moist.  Especially on the grill.

So there I was thinking what could I do to serve these up without adding unneeded and unwanted calories?

I went back to when the kids were little and loved oven-fried chicken.  Here are some of the favorites:

Use up leftover baked tortilla chips, potato chips, pretzels.

Try crushed crackers of any kind and add some crushed up french’s onions (got mine on the clearance station in WalMart-I’d never even purchased them before this re-visit)

Almost finished a box of cereal?  Why not?  Adding some garlic or onion powder with almost any rice, oat, wheat type unsweetened cereal would work.

I know it doesn’t sound good, but as a kid one of our neighbors made the best fried chicken out of graham cracker crumbs that she added some spice too.

Of course there’s the classics of cornflakes, panko and regular old bread crumbs too.

One of my recipes for a healthier wing recipe was made for our son Adam.  Marinate the protein in your favorite hot sauce for a couple of hours (it gets hotter the longer you marinate), coat it in cornflakes and then bake until the juices run clear and they look nice and brown and crunchy.

The point is-don’t think that you have to use one coating and leave it at that!

Try a “margarita” version, marinate the chicken for a couple of hours in a yogurt and lime mixture that has garlic in it.  Coat with pretzel crumbs and bake.

So many combinations to perk up the ordinary chicken dinner-give your imagination a dusting off and share some of your successful tries!

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