Saturday, October 30, 2010

In which Menticia and I make delicious tv-dinner style baked chicken breasts

Menticia and I finally finished reading "The Lovely Bones" in Spanish (it's called 'Desde mi cielo') and as a reward to ourselves we made dinner, then watched the movie as we ate. Completing my nostalgia moment, we had Pepperidge Farm turnovers for dessert (a favorite from my childhood). This was the main course.

Oven-fried (oven baked) chicken tv-dinner style

1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1-2 tablespoons mustard
1/2 teaspoon of whatever spice you like: we chose blackened creole mix
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
3 minced cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 cups panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and put a cake-cooling (or other kind of) rack on the aluminum foil. Spray the rack with cooking spray.

Our package of chicken had three big breasts in it. We put each in a plastic grocery bag, smashed it flat (so it was the same thickness throughout), and then cut it in half so we had six pieces.

In a smallish lasagna pan we whisked the first six ingredients together, put in the six flattened pieces of chicken breast, and went off to watch "The Lovely Bones" for an hour while the chicken marinated.

We whirred the bread crumbs in the food processor with the oil and salt and pepper and put this dry mix on a plate. We lifted the pieces of chicken out of the marinade and coated them with the dry topping (don't put on a ton - just enough to cover), then gently laid them on the rack.

Bake for about 25 minutes.



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