Food And Nutrition

Oven-Fried Spicy Chicken Breasts Recipe

Indulging in a piece of crispy fried chicken might be one of the ultimate guilty pleasures. Cooked to perfection with a savory crust outside but still moist inside, fried chicken is engraved in American culture—everyone has a favorite recipe and preferred sides to eat it with. But how about indulging in a fried chicken breast, piping hot and crunchy, without all the additional fat from the frying oil? We have you covered. If you’re a fried chicken enthusiast but worry about the added calories from fat, our delicious oven-fried chicken breasts are equally delicious and decadent but are a less fatty option for people who are watching their fat intake for dietary or health reasons. The coating is a great mixture of seasoning and breadcrumbs, while a small amount of butter helps the ingredients stick to the chicken (if needed use vegetable margarine to keep the recipe dairy free).

Ingredients

  • boneless chicken breast halves, about 2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups fine breadcrumbs, fresh, or panko crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 dash dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Methods

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish. Put chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound lightly to flatten just until you have an even thickness. Brush the chicken breasts with melted butter.

  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Press the chicken into the mixture and turn to coat thoroughly. Arrange the coated chicken in the baking dish.

  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Chicken is done when the temperature reaches at least 165 F.

  5. Enjoy!

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