Bad day? Make chicken cutlets for dinner. You get to hit them repeatedly with a mallet.
Chicken cutlets are not difficult or time consuming but they do involve several steps. Breading and frying is about being organized. Anyone can do it.
one boneless, skinless chicken breast
homemade bread crumbs (about one cup)
flour (about one cup)
vegetable or peanut oil
salt & pepper
Cut the chicken breast in half. Cut each half down the middle (if you need step by step pictures see yumsugar.com). Flatten each piece with a mallet and let go of your frustrations from the day. If you’re afraid of salmonella (I am not) you can put the chicken between wax paper or plastic wrap before smashing.
Now setup your breading station with three dishes: flour, eggs (beaten), and breadcrumbs (add chopped parsley, salt & pepper). Use one hand for wet and one for dry so you do not coat your hands in breading. Dredge each cutlet in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Set aside.
Get a big skillet out. Pour in some oil about an inch or two deep. Heat on high flame. Pan fry the cultlets in batches. Remove and set on plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with lemon wedge and/or ketchup. If you want to go the distance (and I don’t) you can make them into chicken parmasean.
On the side: saute spinach with red pepper flakes, lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper.
Also, my brother sent me this video of Jamie Oliver trying to scare kids off chicken nuggets.