If you aren't from the Midwest, you are probably asking yourself, "what in the heck is city chicken?" City Chicken is a very regional dish and is described by Wikipedia as..." (also known in some locations as mock drumsticks or mock chicken) an entrée consisting of cubes of meat (usually pork), which have been placed on a wooden skewer (approximately 4-5 inches long), then fried and/or baked. Depending on the recipe, they may be breaded."
It's origins date back to the 1700's when raising chickens in the populated cities became impossible. Inexpensive cuts of pork skewered on sticks to resemble chicken drumsticks became a substitute for chicken as a meal. Over the years, recipes have included other cuts of meat as well, such as veal or beef...but I have always had it with only pork, and that is how I like it!
I buy pork sirloin already cut for city chicken with the skewers included in the package. If you don't have pre-cut pork for city chicken available to you, you can buy pork sirloin or loin and cut it into 1" cubes yourself then use shortened bamboo skewers to thread it on to. As far as I am concerned, the secret to great city chicken is the slow braising done in a low oven and cooking the pork until it is fork tender.
You will start by threading the pork cubes onto the skewers...and then breading them with a three step process...
seasoned flour, followed by egg beaters, and lastly Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs. I like to add some smoked paprika to the dry bread crumbs, as well as a little extra salt and pepper.
Next, the breaded pork is browned a little bit of oil on medium high heat...(taking care not to overcrowd the pan)
And when they are browned on all sides, placed in a baking dish....
Once they have all been browned and placed into the baking dish, I add a little chicken stock to the bottom of the pan and cover tightly with foil. I then bake in a 325 degree F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the pork is fork tender.
I like to serve mine with gravy and mashed potatoes. My gravy is simply a mixture of canned pork and mushroom gravy...because that's what we like! :)
from the kitchen of MKA
Servings - 4 Servings Size - 1 skewer and 1/4 cup gravy Points Plus per serving- 9 Points+
Calories - 344.6, Total Fat - 13.5g, Carb. - 19.5g, Protein - 34g, Fiber - 0.9g
Approx. 1 pound cubed pork sirloin plus skewers
1/4 cup all purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 cup eggbeaters
1/2 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika ( optional )
1 TBS rice bran or olive oil
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 can of Cambell's gravy ( pork or mushroom or one of each mixed together ), heated
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. ( I always make double the recipe, so I use a 9 x 13" baking dish..but you could go smaller if you are only making 4 skewers)
2. Set up a breading station. Seasoned flour, eggbeaters, and then the breadcrumbs. Add the smoked paprika to the breadcrumbs if using. Thread 4 cubes of pork onto each skewer. Dust first with flour, shaking off excess, then dip each skewer into the eggbeaters, followed by the breadcrumbs. Heat a nonstick pan over med high heat with 1 TBS oil of your choice. Brown the breaded pork on all sides. You aren't looking to cook the pork, just get a nice brown.
3. Once the pork is browned, transfer to the prepared baking dish. Leave a little space between each skewer. Pour chicken stock into the bottom of the pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake in 325 degree oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until pork is fork tender. Serve with heated gravy.
There are certain dishes for all of us that we see as pure comfort...this is one of those dishes for me. I was surprised that not everyone knew what city chicken was when I got older! If you have ever had this dish, you know what I mean, and if you haven't, give it a try...I promise you will love it! I admit, it's a bit of a splurge at 9p+..but it's worth it.
Again with the apologies for not posting more recipes this week but, I have been trying to recover from a bug that got me last week...it's just a horrible nagging cough, but I do feel like I am finally on the mend! Blogger also changed up it's interface...so it's taking me a little longer to get things published until I get used to it! On a happy note, my day got a little brighter yesterday when I finally got a chance to open my email only to find I had won a cookbook from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy! Wooooo hoooo! Thanks Debbi! I cannot wait to get it...it's a Food Network Magazine cookbook...the latest. :)
Now how about you? Have you ever had City Chicken?