Crispy Garlic Breadcrumb Chicken – No Fry, Not Dry, Must Try

Trying to convert a fried recipe into a baked one is usually a disappointing exercise in futility, but this crispy garlic breadcrumb chicken turned out to be a very...
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Trying to convert a fried recipe into a baked one is usually
a disappointing exercise in futility, but this crispy garlic breadcrumb chicken
turned out to be a very enjoyable exception. 

While not exactly the same as a pan-fried,
breaded cutlet, if you want to eat tender, flavorful chicken with lots of
crispy, crunchy bits, then this significantly less-messy method is for you.

One of the keys to this technique is to use panko
breadcrumbs, which are much larger, and more jagged than regular, fine
breadcrumbs. If you can’t find them, you can easily make you own. Just pulse
chunks of stale white bread in a food processor until coarsely ground, and then
spread out on a baking sheet, and place in a 275 F. oven until they are dried
and crispy.

Above and beyond being easier, this method also allows us to introduce some additional flavor, and moisture, thanks to the “glue” we use to
attach the crumbs. I went very simple with my formula, but as I mention in
the video, you can add all sorts of herbs and spices to yours. Either way,
the next time you want crispy, breaded chicken with less mess, and more flavor,
I really do hope you give this a try. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 2 portions:

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 8-10
ounces each)

salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil for searing

1/4 cup chicken broth for the pan

For the garlic breadcrumbs:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

3 finely crushed or minced garlic cloves

1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian parsley

2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

For the “glue:”

1 tablespoon mayo

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

For the optional pan sauce:

1/3 cup chicken broth

juice from 1 lemon

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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