One of the things I have loved most about being a parent, and missed most as my babies got older, is the toddler vocabulary.
Both of my kids called cupcakes “pupcakes”. Spaghetti was “sketti” and “passketti”. That thing you eat in the morning? Breaktess, or brefftess, depending on whose kid was eating it.
And it isn’t all about the food, either. Between my kids and my extended family, some favorite kid vocabulary has included:
- cornbread=bulldozer (we have NO IDEA why my son called bulldozers “cornbread”)
- pegetsus=Not the winged horse. This was my sister saying “spaghetti”
- front butt=(girls)–this needs no explanation
- chyness=see above (this was a toddler trying to say the correct anatomical name of the front butt)
I think it funny that even as toddlers, boys give multiple names to boobs. Then they became tah-tahs, nah-nahs, and boobies. After that, was all down hill from there. In our house, we have settled on boobs, as it is not offensive, and is still “fun” for them to say, apparently.
Still seeming to be oriented towards breasts, my youngest son wants to eat boneless, skinless chicken breasts every day. Fried. Grilled. Roasted. However he can get it. Unless he can have pizza. And since he is very picky about h0w his chicken is prepared, it has made for some pretty repetitive meals, and found me playing short order cook to avoid such boredom for the rest of us.
Taking a cue from my Captain Crunch Fried Shrimp, Max suggested we try frying some chicken tenders in Captain Crunch. Then, based on his other obsession–Andy’s Hot Fries—he suggested we try that too. This opened up a whole bunch of possibilities, and some fun experimental chicken frying ensued. They were all very good. The boys ate them up so fast I couldn’t keep any on the platter while I cooked the rest. My favorites are either shrimp or chicken fried in Captain Crunch, and the chicken fried in Funyuns. Really incredible crunch and flavor. The boys really liked the both the Andy’s Hot Fries chicken, and the Funyun chicken. You be the judge…Chicken Tenders Fried in Random Stuff
- one pound boneless skinless chicken breast, or chicken tenders
- 12 large fried shrimp, peeled, butterflied, and deveined
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere’s)
- 3 beaten eggs
- 2 cups one of the following, crushed roughly: Captain Crunch cereal, Andy’s Hot Fries, Funyuns, Munchos potato chips
- oil, 1/2″ deep in a skillet, for frying (or may use deep-fryer)
Heat the oil to 375*, or medium high in a skillet. Combine flour and Cajun seasoning. Dredge the chicken or shrimp in flour, then in beaten egg, then in crushed cereal or chips. Fry for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve with choice of sauce for dipping.
**omit cajun seasoning if using Munchos-they are very salty already.
Caribbean Lime Sauce (goes well with Captain Crunch)
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- juice of one lime
- 1 small fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
Mix all ingredients. Serve with shrimp, chicken, fried fish or pork.