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Monday, March 12, 2012

Oven Fried Panko Chicken

Mother Nature has really been good to us here in the Northeast this winter.  Barely any snow, mild temperatures, sunny days...I'll take it!  This week temps are going to be in the 60s most days, which is a rarity in mid-March.  As the spring weather enters I think more about picnics and outdoor eating - something I really enjoy doing.

And this chicken is perfect for what I've been thinking about.

I served it (indoors) over the weekend with baked macaroni and cheese, but a pasta salad of some sort (like this one!) would be a great picnic side dish to accompany this.  

Who else is ready for spring to officially start?

Oven Fried Panko Chicken
slightly adapted from Epicurious

2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
salt and pepper
6 tablespoons butter, softened
12 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on, rinsed and patted dry

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place rack in middle.

Combine panko, cayenne, and a little salt and pepper.  Put mixture in a shallow dish.  

Stir together butter with a little salt and pepper in a bowl, then brush all over chicken.  Add chicken to crumbs and gently press them into chicken so they stick.  Place chicken in a baking dish as you go, skin side up.

Bake until browned and cooked through, about 40 minutes.  Let stand for around 10 minutes to crisp up.  Serve warm or at room temp.

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At March 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM , Anonymous Ammie said...

Looks delivious Melissa! And I am chomping at the bit waiting for spring. Took our lawn furniture out this weekend!

At March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Aarthi said...

wow..awesome recipe


At March 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Jaida said...

This looks delicious!!

At March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM , Anonymous Nicole, RD said...

Love this healthy twist!

At March 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM , Anonymous Biz said...

Same here - I was grilling in 60 degree temps yesterday - gotta love it!

I love panko bread crumbs, now I can find them anywhere. :D Hope you had a great weekend!

At March 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM , Blogger Brendie1226 said...

Can you use boneless skinless chicken breast with this recipe?

At March 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Absolutely! Just adjust the cooking time.

At March 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Brendie1226 said...

Thanks Melissa! I can't wait to try this.


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