This is a VERY special request. I have been educated in so many ways with this recipe and the person who requested it!
There are so many of you that I have had the pleasure of "meeting" through messages, and a couple of you in person at Trader Joes! You are all special, you all rock my socks off and without you, Chefwannabe would be pretty stinkin' boring.
So, last week-ish, I get a request. "Can you make the Chik-Fil-A (Dwarf House) version of the Hot Brown"? She continues to explain why she can't get one, "I am unable to leave my home due to cancer treatment and it is the one recipe I can NOT find online". We discuss the dish, what is in it, how it tastes, how it looks, etc. I ask her to describe every detail of it that she can remember. Then we go on to discuss life, and her treatment, what kind of cancer she has, family, meeting our husbands, etc. We became fast friends and learned we had a few things in common! She said I could share her photo and so I want you to meet my new friend, Anna! Gorgeous, inside and out!
So, off I went to attempt to make this lady the dish she desperately misses! Boy was I livin' on a prayer, I had NO idea other than what she said, and the photo of the dish what I was doing! The good news is, I think I got it, she hasn't had it yet, but my husband loved it as well! Obviously unless you go grab nuggets from Chik-Fil-A, you aren't going to have the EXACT same taste but one thing I HIGHLY recommend is that you deep fry your nuggets or make homemade batter dipped ones. I just used frozen, I wanted to get this knocked out as soon as possible for her. But if you don't deep fry they will get a bit soggy and, in my opinion, not good.
Here we go! This is not a traditional hot brown like the Kentucky Hot Brown, it is just a version from the Dwarf House she loves! This recipe will serve 4 regular servings or 2 of the restaurant size servings! HA!
4 T butter
3 T flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
PINCH of salt
16-20 chicken nuggets
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices of bacon
buttered toast for the garnish
Prepare your nuggets and set aside. The rest won't take long so they will be fine and the sauce will heat them back up!
For the sauce, melt the butter in a small pot. When it is melted add the flour, and let it cook while you stir it for 30-45 seconds. Add in your chicken stock and whisk until smooth and it begins to thicken. When it is thickened add in Parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth and creamy.
The plating is where this all comes together.
1. Place chicken nuggets on your plate.
2. Ladle over the top some of your sauce.
3. Sprinkle cheese down the center.
4. You can microwave for about 20 seconds if you want the cheese to be completely melted on top.
5. Place bacon strips in the center.
6. Add butter toast points all around.
This was awesome! I made one large plate that my husband and I shared. I hope it is exactly what you are wanting Anna, but if nothing else, it is an awesome treat of a dinner!
I hope you give this a try. Let me know what you think and if you have had it from the Dwarf House, if it is even close to the real thing!
ENJOY and please keep Anna in your thoughts, your prayers! Please send her love, light and healing vibes!
I think taking time to make my Batter Dipped Chicken Nuggets would take this OVER the moon!