Picnic Food Ideas

Planning for a picnic can be a daunting task, especially if you are preparing for a lot of people, or maybe hosting people you do not know very well. In any case, it is important to prepare food that is pleasing to as many of your guests as possible, so that everyone enjoys your picnic – and good food is what makes a good picnic possible. Chicken is a fantastic choice for just about any picnic because it can be prepared in a variety of ways. The two picnic food ideas for chicken below will use this perfect poultry solution in two different yet equally delicious ways.

Picnic Food Ideas: Fried Chicken Tenders

Ah, chicken tenders. These are tasty, simple to make, easy to eat, and palatable to just about anyone. Plus, you can eat them with a wide variety of dipping sauces to please any guest you host at your picnic. To make these chicken tenders, you will need the following ingredients:

1 1/4 cup of flour
2 cups of Italian bread crumbs
2 beaten eggs
2 quarts of peanut oil (can use canola instead)
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
Salt
Black pepper
Two dozen chicken tenderloins
2 tablespoons of water

To make, take a bowl or baking dish and put the flour in it. In another dish, place the breadcrumbs and mix them with both types of pepper and a dash of salt. In another small bowl, mix the eggs and water together. Then, take each tenderloin and dip it in the flour, then the eggs, and then the bread crumbs. After each has been dipped, take your peanut oil (it tastes the best, in my opinion) and heat it in a fryer to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry your chicken about 4 at a time until the crush is golden brown in color. Drain on a paper towel. For dipping sauces, you can use anything you wish. I prefer honey mustard and BBQ sauce, but ranch, ketchup, Dijon mustard, and other sauces are also used. For best results, bring several and let your guests sample them all!

Picnic Food Ideas: Sesame Chicken

With this recipe, we move away from the traditional chicken tender to the more exotic sesame chicken dish. For this recipe, you will need:

2 chicken breasts (whole and boneless)
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 1/4 tablespoon of cooking wine
1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of white flour
2 tablespoons of water
2 1/4 tablespoons of corn starch
1 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil

Take all of these ingredients except for the chicken and mix them together. Cut your chicken into small chunks and let your chicken marinate in this solution for two hours. Then, gather these ingredients:

1/2 cup of water
1/8 cup of vinegar (white)a
1/4 cup of corn starch
3/4 cup of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 ¼ tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (toasted)
1 minced clove of garlic
1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
Peanut oil for frying

Take your chicken pieces and deep-fry them in the peanut oil. While you are doing this, add the above ingredients together and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer while stirring occasionally. When your chicken has turned a nice golden-brown color, remove and drain the pieces on a paper towel. Bring the sauce up to a boil for about 10 seconds, then add a handful of sesame seeds and pour over the chicken.