Friday, August 31, 2012

Heroin Chicken

For today's recipe, we will be making Heroin Chicken! This recipe was suggested by one of my readers and it sounded so delicious, I couldn't wait to make it! Let me just tell you, this recipe is not for those who are dieting because a main part of it calls for a large (and I mean large!) heap of butter. Like I've said previously, the biggest way to save money when you're making a meat dish is to look for sales on meat in your local grocery store or use coupons. When chicken went on super sale a couple weeks ago, we stocked up and bought about 6 packages of chicken. We froze the packages so whenever we want to make a chicken dish, we just pull one out the night before and voila! Super easy. So, without further ado, let's begin!

Heroin Chicken


First of all, this chicken sounds amazing! I love butter ( a LOT!) and I especially love when things are smothered in butter, as this chicken is. So, the first thing I did was get all of our ingredients together.

Once I did this, I got to work. I put the butter into a microwaveable bowl and put it in for about two minutes (note that I didn't even use all of the butter I was supposed to and there was still so much!). I realized that there was more butter than we needed, so I split it up and saved one half of it for another secret project which I will disclose later in this post...

Once the butter was all melted, I mixed together the dry ingredients which would form the "crust" for our chicken. 

 As I mixed these ingredients with my hands (like a true chef!), I realized there was waaaay too much than what we needed for four chicken breasts. So, once again, I divided up the mix and saved one half for that secret project I mentioned earlier (you probably forgot about that, huh?).

Now, the recipe didn't say this, but I sprayed my aluminum foil with Pam, simply because I have had bad experiences with chicken sticking to the foil (it's not fun). I would suggest doing this because it made the chicken really easy to get off once it was cooked.

 Now comes the fun part!Instead of using an egg mixture to dip your chicken in so the seasoning will stick to it, you use that delicious melted butter that we made earlier! How great is that?? So, you dip your chicken in the butter, coat it generously in the seasoning mix, and it should come out looking like this:

Once that was done, we popped the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes. My chicken breasts were pretty thin, so I chose to cook them for a lower amount of time. I would suggest cooking them for 30 minutes, then checking them with a meat thermometer to see if they're ready.

While those were cooking, I decided to test my secret recipe idea which is......Garlic bread with Parmesan cheese and herb mixture topping! Not really a catchy name but hey, we can't win 'em all. So the first thing I did was grab a few slices of Italian bread. We luckily had Italian bread in the house, but if you don't no worries, I'm sure this recipe would taste good on any kind of bread (or bread-like substance).

Then I grabbed that butter mixture that we set aside earlier. You could add real garlic to the butter, but to save time we used garlic salt.

It just makes you want to drink it, doesn't it?
Now it's time to brush your bread with the heavenly garlic butter mixture. I used a brush that's normally for putting marinade onto meat, but it works just as well with delicious butter.

 Sprinkle some of the seasoning mix onto your buttered bread (and make sure it's spread evenly) and put it in the toaster oven. I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 7-8 minutes. If you don't have a toaster oven, don't worry! Just pop it in with your chicken that's already cooking in the oven! Let me tell you right now, the smell of that garlic bread cooking will drive you crazy! It smells so amazing that you're not gonna want to wait 7 minutes!

Luckily, the force was strong with us today and our willpower was stronger than our urges, so our bread cooked and it was fantastic! Here's a picture of our first batch:

Like heaven on a plate

Soon after the bread was done, the timer for the chicken went off. I checked the chicken with a meat thermometer and it was well over what it should be (165 degrees Fahrenheit). So, using my nifty "Ove Glove" which has now stopped resisting heat so well after many years of use, I took the chicken out of the oven and savored the moment, thinking about how awesome it would be when I could finally eat this in a few minutes!

Look at all that extra butter at the bottom!
The finished product! I served the chicken with garlic bread, white rice, and steamed carrots

All in all, this meal was very easy to make as long as you don't mind getting your hands a bit dirty (that's half the fun!). It took me about ten minutes to prepare this dish which is nice if you need to make a meal fast. My only problem with this recipe is that the seasoning you put on the chicken is good, but very overpowering!  I think that there might be too much oregano and Parmesan cheese in the mixture; if I made this recipe again, I would only put 1 tablespoon of dried oregano in or I would put in 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano. I would also half the amount of Parmesan cheese I used (so, 1 cup instead of 2 cups).

Also, I think there was too much excess seasoning mixture. I covered 4 pieces of chicken, 5 pieces of bread, and I still had a large amount left over! If you're doing a small amount of chicken like I did, I would cut the recipe in half. Besides that, I think this dish is really good! I would definitely make it again, but just with a few changes that I mentioned above :)

I hope this helped and I hope that your chicken comes out great if you make it! Once again, thanks for reading my blog! If you like what you see, please subscribe to my blog via Google+ or email (the links are on the side of the page below the search bar). Check back every day for more Pinterest recipes that may or may not make the cut! I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!

Also, thanks again to my friend Heather for taking such awesome pictures!


  1. Since Jim is out of town, I will be eating more chicken. Looks yummy, will have to try it!

    Aunt Karin

  2. I love that you're doing this! Now we can see how things really come out and look!