The first of the month is bill paying time for me: rent is due, the credit card needs to get paid and it's around the time that my utility payments are due. And with the wonderful news that we are officially in a recession and that we have been in one for over a year, well, I'm trying to cut back a bit (oh yeah, and there's that big holiday coming up that will take a bite out of my bank account).
I'm almost ashamed to admit that I spend close to $400 a month on groceries -- and that's just for me. Mind you, I rarely eat out, often buy organic and free range and make a lot of my food from scratch. My main problem is that I often can't help picking up that new gluten-free food, or trying that funny looking vegetable I've never heard of before. I guess you could say playing with food is my vice. Though, I'd say it's a better vice to have than clothes shopping (which some might argue that it used to be my vice).
Regardless, I need to cut back a bit on the monthly grocery bill, so in an attempt to do so, I've got a recipe to share that's easy on the wallet, uses foods that you might already have and is darn tasty to boot. It's inspired by the recent copy of Cooking Light's recipe for a spicy and crispy chicken sandwich. I omitted the sandwich part and made it gluten and dairy free.
Spicy Tortilla Chip Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free)
serves 4 for dinner (or me and one A-man)
4 chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup almond milk (or rice, hemp...)
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce (or your favorite gluten-free hot sauce)
3/4 cup tortilla chip crumbs (take about 3 cups of gluten-free tortilla chips and ground in a food processor)
2+ tablespoons of olive oil
Place the chicken, almond milk and hot sauce in a plastic bag and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Then, in a pan on medium heat, add the olive oil. Place the tortilla chip crumbs in a wide bowl and coat each chicken breast with the crumbs. Then, add to the pan, making sure not to crowd, and cook on each side for about three minutes each. Place the chicken on a paper towel to drain excess oil and serve.
The chicken is tasty on or with a salad, or make a sandwich out of it with red onion and spicy mayonnaise.