So my husband came home with a very specific request the other day…”Can you make me chicken fried latkes, Mel?” After I gave him a lesson on chicken fried steak and how that wouldn’t work with a latke unless I fry a latke, bread it like schnitzel and fry it (that just doesn’t sound right to me but I might have to try it someday), he then asked for fried chicken and latkes. I had big plans to go all out and fry Southern-style chicken AND fry classic potato latkes but since we are trying to be very healthy right now and I am actually on a new health plan that is working (12 pounds down!!!), I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to make a healthy version for dinner. Yes, frying can be healthy when it’s done right and THIS fried chicken is done right! I breaded thin chicken cutlets in almond flour and ground flax seeds then pan fried in a little bit of oil to cook through. You can certainly bake the cutlets but what would “fried chicken” be if I didn’t fry it, right?? And then we have to get to the latkes…those beautiful healthy latkes. No oil today, people! Just zucchini and purple cabbage cooked to crunchy perfection in a waffle iron.
Did I mention that I brined the chicken in apple cider (thanks for the idea, Chanie!) for 1 hour before breading and frying? You just can’t dry out that chicken and just look at that crust! Flax seeds are where it’s at!
And seriously, do we even need to talk about that color! Purple cabbage adds so much texture and visual appeal to these latkes. I can’t even take it! Oh gosh, if you’re wondering why I’m stirring the latke mixture in a pot, just know that it was the closest thing to me while I was working around my kitchen and it’s nice and big. No cooking on the stove! Just a fancy mixing bowl today.
Purple latkes. Yup.
Now it’s chicken and waffles time…zucchini and purple cabbage waffle latkes topped with fried flax-crusted chicken cutlets and maybe some sweet pure maple syrup. All chicken and waffles need maple syrup. It’s a rule.