I participated in Mom Blog Tour at the Summer Fancy Food Show on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers and received McCann’s Irish Oatmeal® products to facilitate my review. #MomBlogTourFF
Oats are delicious and so good for you. My boys eat oatmeal for breakfast, for snacks, and even with lunch and dinner. When I hear oatmeal, I typically think of eating prepared oatmeal for breakfast or baking oatmeal cookies, but I wanted to try something totally different–an oatmeal dinner recipe using McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.
When I initially told my husband about this project and was trying to brainstorm a dish, my husband kept begging for oatmeal cookies. Those of you who read my site frequently know I try not to take the expected route, so I really did not want to make cookies. To appease him, I was going to at least make an interesting type of cookie, but after much contemplation I decided to try something more fun (I’ll bake him cookies too…later.).
Peppered Oat Crusted Chicken with Sweet Orange Sauce
Start by preparing the egg wash and putting it into a shallow dish, then mix together the steel cut oats and salt and pepper in another shallow dish. If desired, you can lightly grind up the oats so the breading has a bit smaller chunks (a mortar and pestle will work well.).
Dip a chicken strips into the egg wash, getting the top and bottom.
Then dip the chicken with egg into the oats mixture, coating both sides.
Bake the chicken strips until golden brown and fully cooked, turning once to keep the coating crispy.
While the chicken bakes, prepare the orange sauce. This sauce can be made spicier by adding more ginger and red pepper flakes, but I kept it a little sweeter for my boys.
In a small saucepan, mix together the marmalade, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper to taste, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a low boil and heat about 5 minutes until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and the sauce will thicken a little more as it cools.
Serve the chicken on a bed of rice with mixed Asian vegetables (I used broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, and edamame.). I served the sauce warm, just like orange chicken. You can serve poured over the chicken or as a dipping sauce on the side.
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made gluten free simply by using their gluten free variety (which I completely forgot at home–I made this dish while visiting family in another state; this way I had more taste buds to try it out.).
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon water
- ½ cup Quick & Easy Steel Cut Oats
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound chicken, cut into strips (I purchased a 14oz. pack of pre-prepared chicken strips)
- ½ cup orange marmalade
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- Ginger, fresh pressed or prepared in a squeeze tube, to your personal taste (more added=spicier)
- Pinch red pepper flakes (more or less to your liking)
- Rice and vegetables, cooked (optional for serving)
- Preheat oven to 425͒F.
- Whisk the egg and water together in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats with salt and pepper.
- Dip a chicken strip into the egg wash and coat the top, bottom, and sides.
- Dip the egg-coated chicken into the oat mixture and evenly coat all sides.
- Set the coated strip onto a cookie sheet lined with tin foil then sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes.
- As the chicken cooks, whisk together the marmalade, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper to taste, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a low boil and cook about 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and it will thicken a little more as it cools.
- Serve warm with the sauce on the side or poured on top.
McCann’s Irish Oatmeal has a variety of delicious steel cut oat products, all from oat farms in Ireland. Fun fact: most of the oat farms McCann’s Irish Oatmeal uses are small family farms. They are able to provide consistent high-quality oats which are delivered green and un-dried for freshness and are not outsourced for the drying process. Trucks are cleaned prior to harvest to ensure the consistent freshness and quality from batch to batch. Check the packaging for their Non-GMO certification labels and certified gluten-free varieties.
I absolutely love the McCann’s Irish Oatmeal tins. You will notice that the oats in the boxes are smaller and crushed where the oats in the tins are still quite large chunks. The oats in the tin will take longer to cook and are perfect for homemade oatmeal, especially in the slow cooker. Not sure where to start? There are some recipes on the packaging!
Some people can be very intolerant to gluten so, while oats by nature are not gluten, the possible contamination from nearby fields may cause issues for those with severe gluten allergies, so I love that McCann’s Irish Oatmeal went out of their way to provide a gluten-free option, so you know you are getting a true gluten-free product. You can find the same product in a regular batch as well and both quick cooking oats, so you will have a delicious bowl of oatmeal in no time.
Speaking of quick cooking…how convenient are these microwavable individual oatmeal cups?! Not only are they easy to make, but they are also delicious. These are a newer item, but I am excited to find them in stores. They have Original, Vanilla Honey, Maple Brown Sugar, and Apple Cinnamon.
While Apple Cinnamon will always be my favorite, I really love Vanilla Honey. It is a unique flavor for quick oatmeal and it even has the tiny black specks of fresh vanilla. So tasty. You can microwave these bowls, but I did not have luck the first time I tried that, so I prepare it the way we were showed at the Summer Fancy Food Show and add some hot water to the fill line then cover and let steam, uncover and let sit for a short period of time. It is perfect and completely easy. Personally, I have a hard time getting myself to eat breakfast, so I appreciate how simple this is. Now I have no excuse. These are also wonderful for snack time and they are quite filling so they will hold you over until your next meal.
McCann’s Irish Oatmeal has great texture. I am so used to oatmeal being mushy without much depth in there, but the steel cut oats make eating this Irish oatmeal interesting and it almost feels more “grown up.”