Monday, July 13, 2009

Guiltless Oven Baked Fried Chicken

Not the prettiest meal to look at, but the flavor in this chicken certainly makes up for that! I LOVE fried chicken but normally end up peeling most of the skin off to stay a bit healthier. This particular recipe has you remove all of the skin before baking, which I loved since I still got to enjoy the crispy breading! Using the panko bread crumbs was perfect for an oven baked fried chicken because it stayed crispier despite the cooking format. This meal was a hit and there were NO leftovers. Always a good sign!

Guiltless Oven Baked Fried Chicken
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
3 tablespoons water
kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
4 chicken thighs, skin removed
non-stick cooking spray
2 cups panko

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. Mix with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make the consistency of whipping cream. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces; coat well with the mayonnaise mixture.

Lightly coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour the panko onto a plate. Toss the chicken thighs, one at a time, in the crumbs to completely coat. Place the chicken on te baking sheet, coat with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is browned and cooked through, turning once.

Source: George Duncan "Take This Dish and Twist It"

14 comments:

  1. I do the same thing! I always try so hard to pick off the coating, but NEVER eat the skin. I love the idea of removing the skin to start!!! This would obviously be much healthier for the kids, too!

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  2. I recently learned a great trick - If you place a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet, you can "air bake" the chicken without having to flip it over.

    My kids would love this recipe!

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  3. clever! Sounds really tasty, too! :)

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  4. Pam, great trick! Thanks for the tip!

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  5. That is a great trick Pam! Delectable - what a great dish...I love crispy chicken and especially thighs. I'll have to give this a go.

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  6. Amazing! Looks so Tasty !

    Thanks for sharing:)

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  7. Love the guiltlessness in this dish. Sounds tasty.

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  8. Sounds great! I want to try panko,but have never saw it at the grocery store. That is what i get for living in the boondocks!

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  9. This looks dang good to me! I love the idea of oven fried!

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  10. LOve panko breadcrumbs and this looks crunchy. Crunchy is big in my house.

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  11. I love panko bread crumbs, they make all "fried" foods better!

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  12. I love oven fried chicken! The panko bread crumbs are a terrific idea because they are so crispy good.

    Pam, what a great tip. I am definitely doing that the next time I oven fry chicken. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. when i bought my house throught costa rica homes for sale i wanted a great kitchen with a big space to put a big oven. Now i can baking every kind of cakes in there.

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