There are some recipes which use so few ingredients that meld together in such a miraculous way, it makes you realize that picking simple components that complement each other is 90% of the game!
If you like fried chicken, you'll really enjoy this healthier version. It uses olive oil instead of canola or vegi oil, and it's baked instead of fried. Swear - it's not a cheapo version that you have to convince yourself to eat because it's not as bad for your heart.
- salt & pepper
- 3 tbsp. chopped garlic (I LOVE garlic, you can tone it down to your taste)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 6-8 pieces of whatever chicken you have on hand (thighs, breasts, drumsticks, etc. I prefer to leave the skin on)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly season the chicken with salt & pepper.
- In a small saucepan, warm the garlic and olive oil to blend the flavors. In a separate dish, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
- Dip the chicken in the olive oil and garlic mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Coat well! Place in a shallow baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until no longer pink and juices run clear.
Just a tip: I always find that the less I "check in" on the chicken when it's in the oven, the more juicy and evenly cooked it becomes.
Oh, this is amazing alongside some rosemary infused mashed potatoes. Can you taste it? mMmMmmm...