Here’s What Christina Tosi Cooks When She’s Feeling Lazy

published Jan 2, 2019
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We all know what it’s like to come home hungry at the end of a long day and not want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Instead, we’ll turn to our default dinners — the fast, familiar bites we can toss together with whatever’s in our fridge or pantry (with bonus points if the end result is quick, cheap, and, of course, delicious).

And famous food figures — from chefs, to TV hosts, to bloggers — feel that way too. After often spending entire days cooking with or thinking about food, it’s no surprise that when they get home, they also have their shortcut suppers to fall back on. We’re asking them to share those dinners with us.

If you thought Christina Tosi might default to boxed mac and cheese and Twizzlers for dinner on those nights she really doesn’t want to cook, you’d be very wrong. Even at the end of a long day, the Milk Bar owner and MasterChef Junior judge says she still makes a point to cook something ultra satisfying.

We chatted with her about her go-to lazy dinner: a stovetop chicken dinner topped with a pile of greens. Best of all? This quick meal — inspired by chicken Milanese — comes together much faster than you might think.

Here’s exactly how Christina makes it.

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How Christina Tosi Makes Her Chicken Milanese

“I always keep some sort of boneless chicken — whether it’s thighs or breasts — in my fridge or freezer. I’ll pound that out, season it, bread it with bread crumbs or cornflakes or whatever I have handy, and pan-fry it. Then I’ll top it with a quick salad that I make often: arugula, shaved Parmesan, pine nuts, and lemon. The whole thing is somehow really elegant and salty and acidic — and comes together in no time at all.”

What’s your standby lazy dinner at the end of a long day? Tell us in the comments below.

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