The first month of my new vegetarian lifestyle was extremely difficult. I don’t know where I would be without meat substitutes doused in ketchup. However, even being a few months along and not missing fast food at all, there is still one food I literally fantasize about until I’m drooling. Fried chicken. It has always been, and will probably always be one of my all-time favorites.
I don’t know what it is about a nice hearty helping of fried animals that is so appealing to me, but for some reason, even writing this my stomach is growling thinking of biting into a crispy chicken wing. On top of this personal struggle, my coworkers think it is hilarious to bring in chicken strips for dinner, and offer me a few. They like teasing me and testing how far I will actually go to refuse to eat it.
I will admit that I have slipped up twice now, and both times it has been fried chicken that got me. And there was the time that I accidentally took a bite of creamed corn with bacon in it. Seriously, who puts bacon in creamed corn?!? Anyway, Just a word of advice to those who are, or are thinking of becoming vegetarian, no matter how delicious your favorite cooked animals may be, the guilt is much more overpowering once you’re finished.
I remember the more recent time I slipped up and ate chicken like it was yesterday. My parents had brought home a huge tray of chicken wings, left over from a meeting. The whole house smelled amazing, and as I walked into the kitchen, there was a glorious mountain of fried goodness, and my family chowing down. I tried to resist as long as I could, but temptation took over after five minutes of intensely watching my sister eat hers. I piled a plate high and my family watched in awe as I ate ten poor animals’ limbs.
After the adrenaline of breaking my own rules wore off, I felt sick to my stomach. I thought of how those wings and legs belonged to animals, and the process of how they ended up in our kitchen and eventually into my stomach. I told myself that was the last time I was going to eat chicken, or meat in general… And it was… so far
So, to save these adorable creatures, here is a recipe for animal-friendly fried chicken from Mary’s Kitchen!