Sometimes it’s important to write about our fails in the kitchen. If I run across someone’s site and see a warning about a recipe, or instructions on what would work better next time, that is amazingly helpful. Before I put my time and money into preparing a meal, it’s good to know some possible pitfalls ahead of time.
My epic fail story today is about Sicilian Chicken.
Someone had left a stack of Rachel Ray magazines in the break room where I have lunch. Thumbing through a few I came across Sicilian Chicken. It looked good. Lots of fresh ingredients such as lemon, scallions, garlic, red potatoes and one of my favorite meats – chicken.
Total disaster and I got half drunk in the process. Well now, how did that happen, you may ask. I’ll tell you. We were two very hungry individuals, anticipating this meal as we'd only had a bowl of cereal around 6:30 a.m. and then a larger breakfast of eggs and grits about 10:30. Seemed that would hold us over until dinner. In anticipation of this meal, we thought it would be a good idea to have a cocktail and bruschetta while the chicken cooked.
One martini and appie later we are setting the table up for the entrée. There was a bottle of wine already open (corked from previous night) so that was grabbed and placed on the table. We didn’t think about the fact that dinner had lemon in it, a starring role too, so a Riesling would have been in order. I don’t know what we had……it was either a Malbec or something but whoa…….clashing tastes! My face scrunched up, wincing, when I took a sip of wine after a bite chicken.
It gets better. Not. It was bitter. I mean very bitter, not citrusy and tangy. Bitter. Also, the cook time for this recipe is either off or my stove top cooks unevenly. After two slices into the thigh I saw raw meat. There was a bit of blood around the bone. Yep…we were done. So I had breakfast, a martini, a piece of bread and tomato tapenade, a few pole beans and wine. I couldn’t finish the wine.
The plus is, I guess it was a low calorie day.
The recipe is here if you want to attempt it but, you just read my story. Maybe I did something wrong or maybe this wasn’t a tested recipe. Sadly that happens more than you’d think; recipes going into print without the benefit of testing.
Don't you think it looks good, simmering in a large skillet?
Tags for this one – epic fail. I actually look on these little bumps in the culinary road as a learning experience. Sharing with anyone who attempts this one so you can avoid it or tackle it. Just one of those nights!
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