OVEN FRIED CHICKEN IN A BASKET

imageWe all crave for some deep- fried chicken: crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.  But guilt feelings almost always get in the way.  So how does one enjoy “fried” chicken without the cooking oil? Simple: oven fried chicken.  Well, it’s not really fried if cooked in the oven; more like roasted.  But this recipe comes very close to the deep-fried chicken you might pick up from your favorite chicken place or restaurant.  When I first tried this recipe, I was pleasantly surprised at the finished product: crispy, breaded chicken pieces that are moist and juicy on the inside.  The secret seems to be the mayonnaise coating that hides under the usual breading. Warning: do not place the basket in the oven!

 

INGREDIENTS image

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1 cup low-fat mayonnaise

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shredded cabbage

Cherry tomatoes for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F. Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, thyme, paprika and salt and pepper to taste in a zip lock plastic bag. Coat the chicken pieces with mayonnaise.  Place coated chicken inside the plastic bag and shake until evenly coated.  Place chicken in a lightly greased baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes. Switch oven to broil and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve in a basket over shredded cabbage. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

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