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Crunchy Garlic Chicken

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A healthier alternative to chicken nuggets. Lemon zest, garlic, and parmigiano-reggiano add great flavor, and the butter helps keep the chicken moist and tender.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 whole Lemon, Zested
  • ⅓ cups Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Parsley (or 1 Tablespoon Dried)
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 whole Egg

Preparation

Combine garlic, lemon zest, bread crumbs, butter, parsley, cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper; pulse till mixture is finely ground and well combined. Pour onto a plate.

Add the 2 tablespoons flour to another plate. Crack the egg in a bowl, and lightly beat with a fork.

Take the chicken breast and dip into the flour to completely coat both sides. Then dip into the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture. Push the crumbs onto the chicken so that they stick.

Either fry or bake your chicken. To fry, just add some oil (I use grapeseed, but olive oil would be fine) to a pan and add the chicken. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until well browned on each side and cooked through. To bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 450F and cook the chicken on a pan for about 15 minutes, until done. I like to put a wire rack on my pan and place the chicken on the rack, so that the bottom gets nice and crispy like the top.

Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken before serving. Cut into strips if desired.

(Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver.)

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surlykitchen on 4.27.2010

when i bake it in the oven i turn on my oven’s convection fan so air can circulate around. also, you could try spraying a bit of olive oil cooking spray if baking to increase the crunch. or use panko bread crumbs, they tend to be more crispy. hope that helps!

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tiffychris on 4.19.2010

The taste was amazing although mine did NOT come out cruinchy. Any ideas what I did wrong?

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tiffychris on 4.18.2010

Great flavor, but mine didn’t turn out crunchy. Any idea what I did wrong?

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meeshiesmom on 4.14.2010

Oh my gosh! I made this tonight for dinner and it was so good and so simple. I did not have a lemon, so no zest which is fine because my hubby isn’t a big fan of lemon. I did have that lemon juice in the bottle and added that to the egg. It was light enough that he didn’t notice. Love how there wasn’t a ton of extra flour or the bread crumb mixture left over. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to have it again.

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ajane on 4.13.2010

Ooohhh, sounds amazing and simple!

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meeshiesmom on 5.20.2010

Oh my gosh! I made this tonight for dinner and it was so good and so simple. I did not have a lemon, so no zest which is fine because my hubby isn’t a big fan of lemon. I did have that lemon juice in the bottle and added that to the egg. It was light enough that he didn’t notice. Love how there wasn’t a ton of extra flour or the bread crumb mixture left over. Thank you for sharing! I’ve made this a few times and love it.

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