Recipe Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Strips + 10 Free Air Conditioned Outings

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Pairing Twin Cities Outings with Recipes at Home
In September, when the temp spikes again and you find yourself tempted to switch the AC back on, it’s nice to be reminded that crock pot recipes need not be reserved for comfort food in the dead of winter. I chose to share this recipe for crock pot chicken strips from Dining with Alice for three reasons — it’s simple, very kid-friendly, and it doesn’t require me to heat up the house during summer’s last days.
Following the recipe, we’ll share 10 FREE & air-conditioned outing ideas in the Twin Cities.
tm crock pot chickenCrock Pot Chicken Strips (courtesy Alice Seuffert, Dining with Alice)
  • 6 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 red potatoes (medium)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tb Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning if desired
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • salt

Defrost chicken breasts, cut each piece in half and set aside.  Quarter the red potatoes and place in large oval crock pot.

In a gallon Ziploc bag combine flour, panko, Lawry’s, Italian seasoning and cinnamon. Put two pieces of chicken in the bag and shake vigorously.  Place breaded chicken on top of potatoes in one layer.  Repeat until all chicken has been breaded.

Drizzle melted butter on top of the chicken and sprinkle a ¼ cup of remaining flour mixture on chicken.

Cook on low for 8 hours.  Allow to cool before serving to allow breading crust to firm up.  Season with salt to desired taste.  Serve with the cooked potatoes.


fan[1]The following is a truncated version of our original article of 10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings. Stay cool and check out the links for more details.

1. Local libraries with Play & Learn spaces – this list was published in the Star Tribune last year.
2. Indoor mall play areas – MinneMama Adventures details her Top 6 Indoor Mall Play Areas.
3. Free indoor movies for kids – KTIS put together this list of places to catch a free flick.
4. Ikea – an hour of free childcare, food specials and occasional kids activities.
5. Minneapolis Institute of Arts – MIA has an expanded family center stocked with books and toys.
6. Landmark Center exhibits – include the hands-on Schubert Club Museum & Gallery of Wood Art.
7. Minneapolis & St. Paul Public Parks and Rec buildings – don’t miss drop-in Tot Times in St. Paul.
8. Preschool storytimes at local bookshops – 2 weeks worth of preschool storytimes at local shops!
9. University of Minnesota’s free museums – Bell Museum of Natural History free every Sunday.
10. Grocery shopping – take along this printable toddler grocery list.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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