Fried chicken is certainly a comfort food, but as we all know, it is not exactly the healthiest for you. However, like every good Southerner, I had to come up with a version of fried chicken that would pass both the taste AND health test. Gone is the buttermilk and Fry Daddy. In is olive oil and panko breadcrumbs. I made this oven fried chicken recently and it was a big hit for the family and certainly didn’t make me feel as though I was clogging their arteries!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Cook Time – 25-30 minutes
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. panko breadcrumbs
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. celery salt
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/3 c. olive oil
Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
Preparing Oven Fried Chicken:
Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Take three shallows bowls and fill one will beaten eggs, one with panko breadcrumbs and one with flour. Season the flour with celery salt, garlic salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well. Dust the chicken with flour mixture, then dip it into the egg, followed by the panko. Be sure to press the panko into the chicken to help it stick.
Pour the olive oil into the baking sheet. Using tongs, dip the chicken into the oil, being sure to coat both sides evenly. Once the chicken breasts are coated, place them on the baking sheet. Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes or until done and crispy. Be sure to turn halfway for even cooking. When done, remove from oven and drain on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges.