Crispy Baked Chicken with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Description

This Crispy Baked Chicken with Herbed Bread Crumbs is a delightful twist on traditional fried chicken, offering a healthier and equally delicious alternative. The chicken is coated with a flavorful mixture of herbed bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a hint of garlic, then baked to golden perfection. This dish is perfect for a family dinner or a casual get-together with friends.

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Ingredients

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4
Cup bread crumbs (preferably panko for extra crunch)
1
Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2
Teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2
Teaspoon garlic powder
1
Teaspoon onion powder
1
Teaspoon paprika
1
Teaspoon salt
1/2
Teaspoon black pepper
1/2
Large eggs
2
Tablespoons milk
2
Tablespoons olive oil
2
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Instructions

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.

2. Prepare the Bread Crumb Mixture:

  • In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, dried Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed.

3. Prepare the Egg Mixture:

  • In another shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until fully combined.

4. Coat the Chicken:

  • Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Then, coat the chicken breast in the bread crumb mixture, pressing down lightly to ensure the crumbs adhere well. Place the coated chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Drizzle with Olive Oil

  • Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the top of the breaded chicken breasts. This will help them achieve a golden, crispy exterior while baking.

6. Bake the Chicken:

  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the bread crumb coating is golden brown and crispy. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (75°C).

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Once the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
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Serving Options:

  • With Vegetables: Pair this crispy baked chicken with a side of roasted vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts for a well-rounded meal.
  • Over Salad: Slice the chicken and serve it over a fresh green salad with your favorite dressing for a lighter option.
  • With Pasta: Serve alongside a simple pasta dish, such as spaghetti aglio e olio or a creamy Alfredo, for a comforting and satisfying dinner.

Additional Tips:

  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the bread crumb mixture in advance and store it in an airtight container. This way, when it’s time to cook, you only need to coat the chicken and bake.
  • Extra Crunch: For an extra crunchy coating, use panko bread crumbs. They provide a lighter, airier texture than regular bread crumbs.
  • Flavor Variations: Feel free to customize the seasoning in the bread crumb mixture. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat, or mix in some grated lemon zest for a bright, citrusy flavor.

This Crispy Baked Chicken with Herbed Bread Crumbs is sure to become a family favorite. It’s easy to prepare, bursting with flavor, and offers a satisfying crunch with every bite. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner solution or a dish to impress guests, this recipe is a go-to winner. Enjoy!