Recipe by Ryan
"This recipe is adapted from one I found in a magazine to make it a little easier. It has less fat and fewer calories than fried chicken, with plenty of crispy flavor."
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skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into chunks
ground black pepper
grated Parmesan cheese
ground cayenne pepper
dry instant mashed potato flakes
While I find this recipe very good in theory or concept (or I wouldn’t have chosen it in the first place), in my mind it has a couple of obvious flaws. I loved the idea of soaking the chicken in buttermilk, particularly with its additions of fresh garlic and bay leaves. I also loved the idea of coating the chicken in both Parmesan cheese and potato flakes. Where I had the problem was with the garlic powder and paprika – well, frankly, with the Parmesan and flour too, but that’s a much smaller issue. To use the same amounts of paprika and garlic powder as you do Parmesan and flour just seems like…a misprint? A typo? This can’t be right. I used a good sprinkling of each, nowhere near a full tablespoon of each. And while you need a lot less paprika and garlic powder, you need a good deal more Parmesan and flour to coat all these chicken pieces (I cut mine in about 1” strips). I placed the coated chicken strips on a cookie sheet lightly greased with cooking spray. I drizzled them with melted butter and baked them at 400 degrees, about 15 minutes, turning them once about half way through. I served them with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing on the side for dipping. Very, very good – but with the above-mentioned adjustments.
I didn't have time to make the marinade, so I just did the second part of this recipe and it turned out great! I used boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts which I prefer because they are not as dry typically. Pretty quick and easy! I'd say it took about 15 minutes to do 6 chicken thighs... if that long and it crisped up nice and tan. I did put them on a rack on top of a cookie sheet and this kept them from getting soggy on the bottom side.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Baked Crispy Potato Chicken
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 39
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