Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Deadline Recipes :: Conference Chicken

At every conference there is one dish that everyone laughs at -- conference chicken! The Pink Heart Society editor Jenna Bayley-Burke is back from The Emerald City Writers Conference to talk about...food!
It's impossible to make everyone happy all the time, and so conference chicken was invented. It takes many forms, but it's something you can count on. Kind of like frizzy hair in humidity. At a conference there will always be chicken, otherwise, how would we break the ice with the strangers at the table?


It's simple enough...chicken, a starch, and overcooked vegetables. Kind of like you made for your second dinner party (after learning a lesson from the lasagna soup that was supposed to be a casserole).

You can't judge a conference by it's conference chicken, but it does give you something to chat up your tablemates about. Is this chicken better than the conference chicken at Nationals? Everyone has an opinion.
There are two rules for conference chicken -- it must be chicken breast and you must overcook the vegetables. After that...the world is wide open.
In fact, after a conference I am always inspired to serve conference chicken for dinner. I think the key is to make dinner an hour ahead and hold it in the over until the chicken is dry.

I have all these opinions...and then a conference throws a monkeywrench in my expertise. What if you don't serve conference chicken in the usual way? What if it's a cobb salad? Well darn, that's just tasty!

Conference Cobb Salad
Mesculn
carrot, shredded
avocado
bacon, crumbled
blue cheese, crumbled
grilled chicken breast
sherry herb vinaigrette (sherry vinegar, olice oil, parsley, pepper, salt, thyme)

On a bed of mesculn, compose the other elements of the salad. Dress before serving.

Jenna's juggling soccer practice, taikwondo, Cub Scouts, chess club, ballet, and oh yeah...writing. She's starting NaNoWriMo, which brings on another fun adventure. In the meantime, be sure to check out her latest. Private Scandal is ripe with secrets, sass, and sensational sex. Keep up with Jenna's spin on things on her website & blog

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