Why is it that we 'adore' oven-fried thingies? Healthier? Most likely; depended on your ingredients and lets face it, anything not fried in deep oil is gonna be better for you. Creates less of a mess? Maybe a tad and I guess that comes down to how you go about preparing your thingies. I suppose we are talking about a batter coating thingy and our choice could be between disposable baggies or bowls that will need cleaning. And of course, there is no oil spatter all over the stove-top to deal with. Do you think oven fried thingies are tastier? Contains more moisture? What about the crunch factor?
I don't know about you but I think oven fried is all of that but the real kicker for me is the simple fact that it is so darn easy. Now who doesn't need a little of easy in our lives, right?
This recipe is actually from an old one I make many times using a flour and buttermilk batter and it is one of my favorite ways to oven fry. This time I used Panko to give it an update and to make the crust extra crispy and I replaced a little butter with olive oil to make it a little better for us. Enjoy!
Oven Fried Chicken with Crispy Seasoning Coating
Cut the chicken breast into strips for great appetizers.
4 boneless skinless chicken breast or 8 thighs
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cup plain Panko
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon grantulated garlic
3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 1/4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons EV olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash and pat dry chicken. If using breast, cut each piece horizontally in half. Remove as much fat as possible on thighs. Lightly salt and pepper each side.
Combine Panko, parsley, garlic, poultry and Cajun seasonings with the salt in a wide bowl. Combine butter and olive oil in another. Dip each piece of chicken in the butter mixture followed with a good roll in Panko mixture coating all sides evenly. Place on a rimmed baking pan a few inches apart.
Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes or when tested done. Turn oven to broil the last 2 minutes to brown the top if desired.
Note: For a Cajun twist, add a tablespoon of hot pepper sauce to the butter mixture.