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Chicken Maryland

One of the “10 Dollar meals” as part of Food Revolution. These “10 Dollar” meals are just great for when you want to make something tasty and different from your day to day meals, on a budget ☺.

Chicken Maryland
Chicken Maryland extra yummy with mash and carrots.

Chicken Maryland is a wonderful comfort food, the combination with the bacon bits, milk and corn is so comforting, you’ll even forget it’s a low budget meal.

What you need (serves 4)
– 4 chicken breast, or boneless thighs (you would need a few more than 4).
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Thyme
– Paprika
– 4 cups of flour
– 1 glove garlic
– 1 onion, finely sliced
– ½ cup chicken stock
– ½ cup milk
– 1 pack bacon bits, or few chopped rashes of bacon
– 1 can of sweet corn
– 1 plantain /banana

I’ve read that traditionally the chicken soaks in milk overnight. Life can’t always be so predictable that you can have some chicken soaking in milk, so I’m going with the non-soaked version.

Salt the chicken and sprinkle some black pepper and paprika. Roll and dust the chicken in the flour.
Put a thick bottom frying pan on the stove, medium heat. Once the pan has warmed up, you can add the oil, wait for the oil to warm up and you can start frying your chicken; not too many pieces at once as the oil will loose its heat to fast and the chicken won’t cook nice and crisp.

Chicken_Maryland
Chicken Maryland

In the mean time you can start working on the gravy.
Take another thick bottom pan, slowly bring up the heat to medium. Add some oil, not too much, and add the bacon bits or the chopped rashes.
Fry the bacon and add the sliced onion, once the onions are glazy you can add the garlic. Give it all another quick fry and add the stock, milk and sweet corn. Bring it to the boil and turn it to a simmer until it reduces a bit.

When the last bit of chicken is cooked, you can fry the plantain or banana.
Combine the chicken with the gravy, add the banana. Ideally this dish is served with a helping of mashed potatoes, and some basic veg like carrots and peas.

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