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Only one more day of work for many of you, well at least those celebrating 4th of July. I was excited until I found out my husband has to work his call shift this Friday. That means I won’t be seeing him till Saturday :/. That aside, I’ll still look forward to the fireworks, and of course, the precious weekend.
Today I tried a new recipe I came across while searching for chicken breasts recipes. It’s call Chicken with Herb-Roasted Tomatoes from bon appetit. It seemed like a good main dish to go with the Brussels sprouts I was making, and I had most of the ingredients so I figured why not? I substituted for Balsamic Vinegar instead Red Wine Vinegar because I think balsamic pairs well with tomatoes, and I know I’m not the first who thinks this. Ok, I don’t want to hype up this dish too much, but I’ll just say this won’t be the last time I make this dish.
Chicken with Balsamic Tomatoes adapted from bon appetit
3 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
Half a red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs)
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs mixture dry herbs (oregano, thyme, basil, parsley..etc) or use Italian Herb Seasoning like me
Fresh chopped parsley or basil for garnish.
- Preheat oven to 425
- Mix balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs in a small bowl
- Season chicken with olive oil salt and pepper
- In a oven proof skillet on medium high heat coat the bottom of pan with oil.
- Once oil is hot, brown chicken on both sides about 3-5 minutes per side.
- Transfer pan to oven for about 7-10 minutes until cooked through.
- Remove chicken to platter and place pan back on stove.
- On medium heat, add onions and garlic and sauté until soft about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and sauté until soft about 5 minutes.
- Use back of spatula to lightly smash the tomatoes if necessary. (Careful for splatter)
- Add herbs, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce mixture and stir until thick about 1 minute.
- Pour over chicken.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
I enjoy eating breaded chicken. I also enjoying baking them over frying because it gives me time to make a side dish or clean up while the chicken is baking. When I bake breaded chicken breasts, I have in mind an end dish that is flavorful and crispy. More often than not, my chicken comes out with decent flavorful, but not crispy. Womp womp.
Searching different techniques and recipes for crispy baked chicken breasts, I found this video on CHOW, demonstrating how to make EASY baked chicken breasts. The word “easy” was all it took to have me watching their video. Their straightforward and simple technique peaked my interest and so after making my own adaptations, I decided to give their recipe a try. I used 3 chicken breasts instead of 4. I used Parmesan Cheese because that’s what I had. I didn’t add as much mayonnaise to the dipping mixture. And not wanting my breading mixture to clump together, I also didn’t add any olive oil to my breading. And as it turns out, I didn’t need it. I really don’t feel it took away from the crispiness or flavor. My end dish was indeed crispy flavorful chicken breasts!
Some factors I think are important for delicious crispy baked chicken breasts:
1. Bake your chicken on a wire rack on a baking sheet (lined with foil for easy clean up). Using a wire rack will allow your chicken to have good air circulation underneath the chicken and avoid being mushy at the bottom. I didn’t have an oven safe wire rack, so I used the rack inside my toaster oven.
2. Pound your chicken to even thickness. An even chicken breast will cook better, preventing chicken that is dry or undercooked in some areas.
3. Bake at a fairly high temperature. 400 degrees Fahrenheit at 40 minutes was perfect for my chicken.
4. Use Parmesan Cheese. It gives a really good flavor. I also think thyme is important for this recipe also.
If you’re in the mood for crispy baked chicken breasts give this recipe a try!
Before going in the oven.
Crispy Baked Chicken Breast
3 chicken breasts
For the Breading
½ cup panko bread crumbs
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried coriander
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
For the Dipping Mixture
2 tbs mayo
¼ cup milk
2 tsp fresh thyme, if no fresh then use 1 tsp dried
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Using a meat pounder or a small frying pan, cover chicken with plastic wrap and pound the chicken to make them even about ½ inch thick.
- On a plate combine your dry ingredients, panko, cheese, paprika, garlic power, coriander, dried thyme, salt, pepper, and evenly mix.
- In another plate combine mayo, milk, fresh thyme and stir well.
- Set up a little assembly line with your chicken, then milk mixture, then panko mixture, then baking sheet.
- Coat chicken in the milk mixture, allow excess liquid to drip off,
- Coat the chicken in the panko mixture. Use fingers to press more panko onto the chicken as necessary. Cover completely and evenly with panko mixture.
- Lay chicken pieces, spaced apart, onto an oiled wire rack that is on top of a foil lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
You can now enjoy crispy and very flavorful chicken breasts!