Monday, September 22, 2008

Old El Paso presents Crispy Chicken

crispychicken

I'm usually pretty wary of spice mixes of various kinds. They're usually full of not-so-good stuff, and often, I just don't like the results.

I've talked about Swedish taco habits before but for a very short recap: Swedes LOVE tacos, which is not just tacos, but a whole plethora of vaguely Mexican food, and we have two major brands on the market: Santa Maria and Old El Paso. (They sound Mexican, but they're very much not so.)

I probably would never have tried this new Crispy Chicken mix if I hadn't gotten a package in the mail. But I'm glad I did! It's a shake-and-bake thing, where you put chicken pieces, a little bit of oil and the spice mix in a bag, shake and bake in the oven. We ate it with tortillas (flour is very dominant here, I've only recently found corn tortillas, and there's no masa harina to make your own. Unless you're me, because I happen to have a huge bag, courtesy of Coco Cooks!) and a spicy avocado salsa which was actually flavored with yet another spice mix, but from Santa Maria this time. Which I would not bother buying, but this was while we were away on vacation, and I didn't have my spice collection - this came in mighty handy.

And the chicken mix? Actually really good. I like it. Two thumbs up! (As long as I don't look too closely at the ingredients list.)

Regarding shake-and-bake by the way. It's not available here, and my only real exposure to it was when I was an exchange student in California. My host sister was slightly obsessed with it - not eating it though, just the concept. I remember her wrapping it up for one of those secret gift exchanges at christmas time...

6 comments:

Jessika said...

I HATE tacos. I'm swedish. Anyone got a problem with that?! ;)

torontoanna said...

Hi Anne,
I just got a catering job for a mexican feast and I thought I'd check your recipes and what did I find??? Ideas right there on the first page....
Jessika, I teach cooking classes for kids and one of the things I teach them is that you should never say you hate any food. It is a very strong word- dislike sounds much better:-)

glamah16 said...

Remind me next time to bring you some more mexican spices, and stuff the Mexicans use here. I feel the same way about mixes, but sometimes they are pretty good.

Elin said...

i got a sample as well and it all become a mess (or maybe more like geggamojja....) and a waste of 500 gram chicken .:)

Anne said...

Jessika, someone has to be the exception to the rule ;)

Anna - haha, great timing! :)

Glamah - oooh! Yes please! :)

Elin - oh, that's too bad! I wonder what went wrong?

Jeanne said...

Sometimes mixes surprise me. I have a jalapeno spice rub that I use every time I make faijitas and I don't know what I'm going to do when it runs out :(