Tuesday, March 3, 2015

City Chicken for the 2015 Healthy Solutions Seasoning Blend Challenge

There is a big storm going on here today.  We are supposed to get 3-4" of snow (which has been coming down for the past few hours) and then, lucky us, it is turning to freezing rain until 7 pm this evening.  So instead of meeting with Frank's family for dinner tonight it has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening.

That means that Thursday's dinner of City Chicken is going on the table tonight.  I am very anxious to share this recipe with you.  As some of you may recall I have shared City Chicken with you before using this recipe.  You may also recall that I was accepted in the 2015 Healthy Solutions Spice Blend Challenge that I told you about here when I made Spareribs and Cabbage.  That dish turned out delicious, but, as is often the case with crockpot meals, it was not very pretty.  Then, the other day when Frank asked if I would put City Chicken on the menu, I knew that it was going to be the perfect foil for this delicious spice blend.

For those of you who may have missed my introductory post for this great product you can see that this rub is made specifically for Pork and Poultry.  So I thought it would be perfect for City Chicken....get it???  Fake chicken legs made from pork?  Forget it, I guess you have to be here.

But here is my favorite part of this spice blend. See those ingredients?  There is nothing there that I cannot pronounce or that I have to wonder what in the world it might be.  That makes me very happy.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am in a contest sponsored by this company.  I have been charged with using this spice in an original recipe.  I can't really claim that city chicken is original, seeing as it has been around forever, but I can claim that I have never seen a recipe using the spice ingredients included in this package of Healthy Solutions Spice Blend.  I can also claim and guarantee that had I not been happy with the product, I would have foregone this contest rather than post something dishonest on my blog.  All opinions contained in my blog are 100% mine and 100% truthful.

I knew the minute that I started browning my skewers that this was going to be delicious.  The aroma was so wonderful that Tingting came in to see "what smelled so amazing".  

My original recipe that I shared with you is an adaptation of the recipe Mom Klik uses.  I adapted it to use seasoned bread crumbs and did my braise using chicken broth.  For this recipe I seasoned panko bread crumbs with the Healthy Solutions Spice blend.  Let me just say.....YUM!!!!  I don't think I will be using the original recipe any longer.  This is going to be my new go to recipe when making City Chicken and my family couldn't be happier.

Combine the Panko and the Seasoning Mix in a Shallow Bowl.

Create a Breading Station.
The first bowl contains flour seasoned with salt and pepper.
The second bowl contains 2 eggs, beaten.
The last bowl contains the seasoned bread crumb.

Bread the skewers by first rolling them in the flour, then roll them in the egg and finally in the bread crumbs.

Brown the skewers in coconut oil over med high heat until golden and crisp on all sides.
Deglaze the pan with chicken broth and return the skewers to the pan.
Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Remove the lid and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and place on a serving platter.
Drizzle with pan gravy if desired.

A Delicious Healthy Solution for tonight's dinner.

Healthy Solutions City Chicken

2 lbs. Pork Stew 
4.5" long wooden skewers
1/2 c. flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. panko bread crumbs
2 t. Healthy Solutions Pork and Poultry Rub
2 T. coconut oil
1 c. chicken broth

Place 4-5 pieces of pork on each skewer.  Create a breading station by placing the seasoned flour in a shallow bowl and the eggs in a second shallow bowl. Combine the panko and Healthy Solutions seasoning in a third shallow bowl. Roll each skewer in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs.  Brown in batches in the coconut oil over med high heat in an oven safe skillet, removing from pan when brown and crispy on all sides.  Deglaze the pan with 1 c. chicken broth.  Return the skewers to the pan, cover and bake in a preheated oven at 350* for 30-40 minutes (you cannot overcook them but if you let them cook longer you will need to add additional broth).  Remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Print Recipe


  1. I have never heard of City Chicken and had to go back to the first post you made to figure it all out. This is something we would love. I can't wait to give this a try. I wonder if they sell those seasoning packs at my store. This looks amazing Wendy

    1. It is one of Frank's favorite meals. I had never heard of it until we got married. They are tender and delicious. If they don't have the seasoning packet you can use Italian flavored bread crumbs or just plain bread crumbs with no seasoning or your favorite seasonings.

    2. I will have to try these. They look delicious!


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