Hey friends – Karen, here. I don’t know about you, but I have this habit of pinning all kinds of yummy recipes with every intention of cooking them, and then find myself going out to eat and spending way too much money on food. I’m trying to change that, so we’re starting a new series here on the blog called The Test Kitchen.
As we try out new recipes found on Pinterest and other corners of the Internet, we’ll review them here! Up first, the Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich from Damn Delicious and Cilantro Garlic Fries from The Talking Kitchen.
I started with the fries – I only needed one potato to make enough for two people. I also definitely recommend taking that extra step of soaking the cut fries in cold water before tossing them in oil and seasonings. Soaking them in water for a bit helps to draw out some of the starch and ensures crispy baked fries.
While the fries were in the oven, I started marinating the chicken for the sandwiches. I threw in a splash of hot sauce to give it some kick and added an extra little piece of chicken to give to our dog, Scooter. I guess I’ve become that person now.
If you have a baking rack, I recommend following the recipe and baking the fries on the rack. Having that space between the fries and the baking sheet helped them come out extra crispy!
Here’s the finished product! I added some provolone to the sandwich and subbed mixed greens for lettuce since that’s what I already had in the fridge. I also used canola oil instead of peanut oil to fry the chicken. The sandwich and fries were SO good.. two thumbs up for sure!
I’d say this was definitely a successful first Test Kitchen, wouldn’t you? I’m sure they won’t always be great (there’s a reason why #PinterestFails are a thing) but I’m excited to share these recipes with you. You can also check out other recipes I’ve tried by following my Pinterest board here.