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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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My friends and I just took a weekend trip to Nashville, and no trip to Nashville is complete without a meal of hot chicken!

Saturday night, after our pedal tavern (a really fun activity that I recommend doing in Nashville!), we headed over to Midtown to Hattie B’s. Hattie B’s had been recommended to us by several people and looked to be THE place to get hot chicken, so we wanted to do it right.

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We arrived at around 7:30 pm and there was a line out the door. The wait wasn’t too bad – probably 20 or 30 minutes. Inside, we ordered at the counter where the questions we answered were basically “how much chicken do you want?” and “how hot do you want it?” We sat outside in the patio area which had a bunch of metal benches and TVs playing college football.

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I ordered the large white plate, a plate of two breasts and two wings, with sides of pimento mac & cheese and baked beans. The sides were okay – the mac & cheese was a little too soupy but the pimento was a nice touch; the beans were fine with a little bit of sweetness but not too much. The chicken was amazing!! Since I’m a wimp who completely contradicts her Louisiana upbringing, I got no heat with my chicken. The breading was perfectly crispy and still tasty without any spiciness at all. I also had sweet tea, which was very good. My one mistake was that the large plate was way too much for me and a small plate would’ve been just fine.

There are six heat levels – Southern (no heat), Mild, Medium, Hot, Damn Hot, and Shut the Cluck Up. A couple of my friends got their chicken with the Damn Hot heat – big mistake!

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Karan said that Damn Hot was spicier than Blazin’ at Buffalo Wild Wings, which is their spiciest sauce. Rachel tried a bit of his chicken and said it burned her mouth. Finally, Greg said that the first 5 seconds after eating the chicken are amazing, but then it hits you and you’re like, “Why did I bite into this?” Everyone who got Medium said it was hotter than they expected, and everyone who was conservative and got Mild said they were happy with their choice. You’ve been warned!

Chicken Broccoli Bake

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Oh, CBB. CBB, or Chicken Broccoli Bake, is a beloved dish served in the dining halls at Michigan. I would seriously look at the menus for each dorm and slightly alter my plans on where to eat if a particular dorm was serving CBB that night.

Luckily, Chicken Broccoli Bake is one of the recipes listed on the Housing website for Michigan! When I saw this in recipe form, I knew I had to make it.

Looking at the ingredients and then actually buying the ingredients and checking the calories… oh man. Let’s just say I won’t be making this or anything with whipping cream regularly. But that’s why it’s so good, right?!

Ingredients:
– 1 head broccoli, separated into small florets
– 12 ounces chicken breasts
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons onion, diced
– 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– ¾ cup chicken stock
– ½ cup sour cream
– ¾ cup whipping cream
– ½ teaspoon salt
– ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
– 1½ tablespoons Parmesan cheese
– 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs

Directions:
1. Steam broccoli in microwave with 3 tablespoons water, placing a plate on top of the bowl of broccoli.
2. Sauté the diced chicken in a saucepan or skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside.
3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sauté onions until translucent. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add chicken stock to saucepan. Stir constantly until thick.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and whipping cream. Add the cream mixture to the hot liquid mixture and blend thoroughly. Add ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Gently simmer mixture for 5 minutes.
6. Gently fold in the cooked broccoli and chicken meat.
7. Place mixture in a casserole dish. Top with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
8. Bake at 325 degrees until top is lightly browned and mixture is bubbly, about 30 minutes. Do not overbake, or mixture will separate. Serve over white rice.

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Chicken and Broccoli

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My sister’s chicken and broccoli recipe is what got me through college! This dish is so easy to make and kept me from eating some of the other crap you eat while you’re in college.

Ingredients:
– 1 chicken breast
– 1 head broccoli, separated into small florets
– 8 mushrooms, sliced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– ¼ cup soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
– 1 tablespoon cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Directions:
1. Mix the soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, and vinegar together in a small bowl.
2. Slice the chicken breast into small pieces and pour half of the soy sauce mixture onto the chicken to marinate.
3. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high heat and coat with vegetable oil. Add garlic to the pan, then add the chicken.
4. Stir constantly just until the chicken is not pink. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Coat the same pan with vegetable oil and add broccoli and mushrooms. Cook, adding water if necessary, until done.
6. Add the chicken back to the pan and stir. Add the remaining soy sauce mixture and stir to allow the sauce to thicken.

Chicken & Broccoli