How to Bake City Chicken


City chicken originated in western Pennsylvania, possibly in Pittsburgh, around 1930. Prior to 1930, cookbooks contained similar recipes called mock chicken. The dish uses veal and pork to mimic chicken, which was expensive at the time. Cooks cubed pork and veal, slid the pieces onto to a skewer and sautéed them in oil. Nowadays, chicken farmers mass-produce chickens for the dinner table, decreasing the cost and eliminating the need for city chicken. Still, it’s an affordable entrée steeped in the history of the United States.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 pound veal steaks
  • 1 pound pork steak
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups of stock/broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6-10 skewers
  • Frying pan
  • Fork
  • Pot
  • Containers
  • Cut the veal and pork into 1-inch cubes. Slide veal and pork chunks, alternating the pork and veal, on to the skewer. Each skewer should hold five to six pieces, depending on the size. Season the meat with pepper and salt to taste.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degree F. Put a large frying pan on the stove and turn the stove to medium-high.

  • Beat the egg with a fork and set up a breading station by putting the breadcrumbs and egg into separate, large containers. Insert the skewer into the egg, then breadcrumbs. Repeat for each skewer.

  • Place skewer into the pan. Brown the meat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. If necessary, you can skip the browning and put the skewers directly into the oven.

  • Remove the skewers and place into an oven-safe pan. Add broth or milk. Cover with foil and insert into the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Take the mock chicken out of the oven and serve immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Alternatively, you can combine pepper, salt, and ¾-cup flour. Dip the skewer into the eggs, then the flour mixture.
  • You can use the pan drippings to make gravy.

Related Searches


Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Bake Chicken

    Spiced and herbed, marinated or sauced, cut in pieces or stuffed and roasted whole, baked chicken is the quintessential Sunday dinner. The...

  • How to Bake Chicken in the Oven

    Baked chicken is a healthy choice for a main dish because white-meat chicken is low in fat, especially compared to red meat....

  • How to Make Shake 'n Bake Chicken

    **Start to Finish**: 50 minutes **Servings**: 6 to 8 **Difficulty Level**: Beginner Shake 'n Bake, introduced by Kraft foods in 1965, brought...

  • How to Cook Chicken in Chicken Broth

    Almost every preparation benefits from using a flavorful cooking liquid instead of water. You get a heartier beef stew using beef broth...

  • How to Bake Skinless Chicken Breasts

    Skinless chicken breasts are low in fat and do not take long to cook. The boneless chicken needs to be cooked to...

  • How to Bake Chicken Quarters

    Baking chicken quarters always requires you to keep a few very important things in mind. Bake chicken quarters with help from a...

  • Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

    Watch an expert chef prepare an oven baked chicken recipe in this free cooking video lesson.

  • How Long to Bake a Chicken

    The best way to determine when your chicken is done is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Chicken should...

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!