You’re settling into a long-ass flight to Australia. At best, your plan is to watch a few in-flight movies and catch some of those awkward, unfulfilling, neck-craning zzz’s. However, the one truth you hold is that you’ll be disconnected from the world for the next 14+ hours- no wifi, no mindless phone scrolling, no email catch-up sessions. BUT THEN…
Then, the the pilot announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are happy to announce we can now offer you wifi access during the flight.” The crowd goes WILD! The seatbelt light flashes, the flight attendants deliver another unappreciated performance, and then… the wifi fails. Suddenly, something no-one had mere minutes ago ushers in a widespread feeling of devastation.
I stole that anecdote from Tony Robbins because firstly, I have yet to make that flight to Australia (but oh how I long for that journey!), and secondly, because I can’t stop thinking about why he referenced that anecdote (watch his interview here). The name of the game here is “expectations.” They ruin us. We expect too much, and any shortcomings propel us into disappointment.
However, if we approached situations… or life in general with appreciation, the mere reframing can change everything. This does not mean expect nothing and give up. In the interview, Robinson also says we should hold ourselves to higher standards and demand more form ourselves. “Expect Less. Appreciate More. Hold Myself Accountable.” New mantras, left and right!
On the outside, this fried chicken looks like a normal batch of fried chicken, but beneath that crispy, whole-grain crust is the flavor of pickles! It’s an unexpected bonus to this recipe. Keep that pickle brine a secret, and the lack of expectations will lead to extra appreciation from your dinner guests (unless your guests don’t like pickles, in which case, haters gonna hate, and why are you friends in the first place?). The bonus bonus is you can use leftover liquid from store-bought [organic] pickles to make this recipe, so it’s a case of Waste Not, Want Not.
Pickle Brined Fried Chicken with Whole Grain Batter
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit
About This Recipe: Inspired by a sandwich I ate here, this fried chicken has a crunchy, whole grain, batter and a pickle flavor in every bite. As a way to conserve more, I used leftover liquid from a jar of store-bought, organic pickles, but you can also experiment making your own brine. Serve with my Whole Grain Zucchini Cornbread. Plus, it’s fried in a healthier oil, so dig in!