More Winning Chicken Recipes
A few more dishes that captured the judges’ attention at the National Chicken Cooking Contest.
Chicken Naan-wiches with Date and Yogurt Sauces, created by Jessie Grearson, Falmouth, Maine, won the Northeast Region of the National Chicken Cooking Contest.
courtesy National Chicken Cooking Contest
Crowing rights go to a burger.
At the 48th National Chicken Cooking Contest, a chicken burger won the hearts and taste buds of the judging panel, spotlighting the easy use and yumminess of ground chicken. The contest, sponsored by the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, happens every two years. This year’s event, set in San Antonio, Texas, brought nine regional winners to the kitchen.
The winning burger recipe, “Chinese Chicken Burgers with Rainbow Sesame Slaw,” was spotlighted in GRIT’s July/August Recipe Box, as were a few of the other winning recipes. We ran out of space, however, so here are the other winning recipes.
Nine regional finalists, who qualified at cook-offs across the country, prepared their dishes in the test kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio Branch. The 2009 contest marked the first year regional cook-offs were held instead of bringing all 51 state and Washington, D.C., winners to the finale.
Contestant Ruth Kendrick, of Ogden, Utah, calls the institute’s kitchen setup “terrific,” and Elise says the CIA kitchens had a lot of wonderful space.
For more on the contest, visit the website, and check out the National Chicken Council's latest website for more great chicken recipes.
CHICKEN NAAN-WICHES WITH DATE AND YOGURT SAUCES
Jessie Grearson (representing Northeast Region)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
3/4 cup flour, divided
1 large egg
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 large naan (East Indian flat bread)
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
4 leaves Boston lettuce
Sweet Date Sauce, recipe follows
Tangy Yogurt Raita, recipe follows
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