Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast

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My favorite memories of Mother’s Day as a kid were the times I woke up in the morning to help my dad make breakfast or brunch for mom. This year, I want you to try out my favorite family tradition with this delicious and easy fried chicken and pancakes recipe for your mom!

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Who needs chicken and waffles when you can enjoy mini chicken and pancakes?!?

While deep frying is definitely an indulgent cooking style, it’s technically low energy use in nature because it doesn’t take long at all to cook your food! Make sure there is an adult to help with the frying stage, but everything else is easily doable for the kids.

I saved additional energy by opting for using frozen mini pancakes that just heat up in the microwave. Using this item helps your little kids feel like they are helping cook the meal for mom without needing to get too involved. My three-year-old always loves to help me cook anything. Even if I just give him the task of taking frozen pancakes out of a package, putting them on a plate, and helping me press start on the microwave, he really loves being a part of the action!

You can definitely make your own pancakes from scratch for Mom – or you could even make your own waffles! Check out this fabulous waffle recipe from our Meatless Monday series back in 2015, as it featured the same maple mascarpone syrup in today’s recipe. Those waffles would be an excellent vessel for the fried chicken.

I ramp up the flavor of the chicken with an initial coating of hot sauce, a little milk, and some half-and-half. This gives a nice kick without making them too spicy! The addition of turmeric into my flour mixture delivers a special golden color to the fried chicken, as well as providing a curious flavor component that will keep people talking!

For the frying itself, I use one of my favorite energy friendly cooking vessels: an enameled cast iron Dutch oven. If you’re not a fan of frying (or just don’t have a fryer available), just cook the chicken in a 400° F oven for 20 minutes.

Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast

Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
PLEASE make sure you wash your hands and clean your cooking space VERY well when working with raw chicken. Salmonella is NOT a good Mother’s Day gift.
  • 1 lb. Chicken breasts
  • ¼ c. Half and half
  • ¼ c. Milk (any %)
  • ½ tbsp. Hot sauce
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2 c. All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Ground black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 2 mini pancakes per chicken nugget (buy 1 large box from freezer section)
  • ¼ c. Mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ c. Maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp. Light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cinnamon

Directions:

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Cut your chicken into consistent chunks so everything cooks evenly and promptly.

1) Remove the chicken breasts from the package and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut them into approximately 1” x 1” x 1” “nuggets.”

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Stir the chicken chunks so each of them is coated evenly.

2) Add the chicken to a metal or glass bowl. Sprinkle a little sea salt, and pour the hot sauce, milk, and half and half over the chicken and stir. Let the bowl sit for a few minutes in the fridge while you prepare the other items.

3) Add the two eggs to a separate bowl and whisk them together.

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
What a tasty blend of spices and herbs!

4) Add the flour, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and turmeric to a third bowl and mix these dry seasonings together.

5) Move all the chicken one piece at a time in this order:

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Coating each piece of chicken properly ensures consistent cooking and flavor.
  • The milk/hot sauce mixture,
  • The flour mixture,
  • The egg mixture,
  • Back to the flour mixture, and
  • To a clean plate.

6) Pour two (2) inches of canola oil into enameled cast iron Dutch oven (or any deep frying safe vessel). Heat over medium heat until oil reaches 350° F.

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
To ensure proper safety measures are adhered to, the actual frying of the chicken MUST be done by a grownup.

7) Fry chicken in 2 batches until golden brown and done in the middle (approx. 4 ½ min. per batch).

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Doesn’t that chicken look tasty?!

8) Set hot chicken on paper towels to drain and cool while you prepare the syrup.

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
This maple and marscapone syrup makes the dish sing!

9) Add the mascarpone cheese, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Whisk after heating until it’s smooth and ready to serve.

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Sure, you can make your own pancakes, but why not save a little energy by warming up pre-packaged ones in the microwave?!

10) Prepare frozen mini pancakes as directed on the packaging.

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Chicken and pancake sandwiches for everyone (but make sure Mom gets hers first)!

I like to have one piece of chicken between two mini pancakes for little breakfast sandwiches!

Direct Your Dining: Mini Chicken and Pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast
Happy Mother’s Day!

I also prefer to serve the delicious mascarpone maple syrup in a small side dish so I can dip my sandwiches in the syrup. Or you can just pour the syrup over everything and eat it with a fork and a knife!

Happy Mother’s Day from Direct Energy!

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Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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