Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

I wanted to make crispy chicken and decided to take a cue from an ad on TV for chicken by cutting slices into the chicken breast to give more surface area for the breading.  The garlic butter made a great addition and helped making the coating really crispy.

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken
(http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2011/03/crispy-oven-baked-chicken.html)

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 thick slices whole wheat bread (for about 2 cups fresh bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Soak chicken in milk for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminium foil and coat lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine butter and garlic in an 8- or 10-inch skillet. Heat over medium heat until the butter has melted. Pour the butter/garlic mixture into a shallow pie plate or similar dish and cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a food processor, tear the bread into large chunks, and pulse until the bread is ground into crumbs. Pour the bread crumbs into a shallow pie plate or shallow bowl and toss with the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Dip each chicken breast in the melted, cooled garlic butter. Transfer to the bread crumb mixture and turn until coated on all sides. Arrange the chicken in one flat layer on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle any of the remaining melted butter over the chicken.

Bake the chicken until it is lightly browned and just cooked through, 40-50 minutes. The baking time will depend on the thickness and size of the chicken you are using. Don’t overcook or the chicken will be dry.

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