Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oven Fried Panko Chicken

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine

For those of us who will not deep fry for love or money, this is a terrific alternative. It is still not crazy healthy because you are, after all, still eating the calorie laden skin. But, if you really care, you can always eat a little bit of this crusty yummy skin and toss the rest. The chicken itself will be very moist. You can serve it with rice or potatoes and a salad.

2 c Panko (available at Ralphs OR Trader Joes)
1/2 t cayenne
1 stick butter, melted in the microwave (you can probably get away with 1/2 a stick)
1 chicken, cut up (I'm lazy, I bought it already cut up from TJs)
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with the rack in the middle

Stir together the panko, cayenne, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t pepper in a shallow wide bowl.

Stir together the butter, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t pepper in a small bowl and brush all over the chicken pieces. Press each piece into the panko mixture on both sides and place on a foil covered baking sheet.

Cook for 40 min or so, then let sit 10 min to crisp up.

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