I had never heard of city chicken until a friend's baby shower last fall. I nibbled on a delicious delight on a stick that was very good, but was it chicken? I was told it was pork but it was called "city chicken". At home I did some digging on the internets to find that it originated during the Depression when pork was cheaper than chicken.
Fast forward to last Christmas in Tennessee...My mother-in-law was reminiscing about eating city chicken as a child so I offered to make it for dinner the day after Christmas. I did a search of various recipes and came up with the following recipe. I made it with beef and chicken the first time, the beef was a HUGE hit with my father-in-law. My husband likes the pork so I have been sticking with that lately.
- 1.5 to 2 pounds of pork or beef, I used a pork tenderloin because it was on sale
- 1 cup of cracker (or bread) crumbs
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp chicken seasoning
- 1 egg
- dash of half and half
- 1 red pepper in chunky slices
- 1/2 sweet onion in bite size pieces
- 1 bouillon cube
- 1 cup of hot water
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- bamboo skewers
- 2-3 tablespoons of canola oil - enough to coat the bottom of a saute pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the pork (or beef) into about 1 inch cubes. Place on skewers.
Beat the egg and half and half together, place on a plate. Combine the cracker crumbs, chicken seasoning, and paprika, place on another plate. Roll the skewers in the egg, then the break crumbs.
Brown the skewers in a saute pan with the canola oil on medium.
Step 4Place on a roll pan or 13x9 pan. Add the pepper and onion over top/around the skewers. Dissolve the bouillon in the water, add the soy sauce. Pour in the bottom of the pan. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
I haven't been able to find quite the right length of skewer, so I have been cutting the ones I bought at the grocery store so they are more manageable length.
The sauce is wonderful with some mashed potatoes.
Local - Organic
I didn't do so well today...
The organic red peppers were from the grocery store (shameful)Cracker crumbs were made in town (and yet they were the most expensive on the shelf?!?)