It was very cold and rainy out today. This type of weather always makes me want to put on fluffy slippers and cuddle up and watch 80’s movies! And, it just screams for comfort food.
Well, I didn’t get to watch 80’s movies (I have preschooler that calls the movie shots in our house!), but I did make the comfort food.
As I was going through “the pile” I remembered a great dinner party I went to at my friend Lisa’s house. She made this AMAZING buttermilk fried chicken. That’s when I knew what I wanted for my comfort food. Fried chicken. So I came across a recipe I had clipped out of one the numerous cooking magazines I subscribe to. The ingredients sounded great and it seemed easy enough. And, the best part was…no frying! I really don’t like to fry food. I’m not a fan of the fat or the mess! So this recipe really seemed to fit the bill!
When I got home from the butcher, I immediately put four boneless, skinless chicken breast halves in a buttermilk bath. I covered them completely and stashed them in the fridge while I worked on some other things around the house.
As dinner time approached, I mixed up the breading in a Ziploc bag (I love these things!) and lined a baking sheet with Reynold’s non-stick foil (another great invention!). I took the chicken out of the fridge and added it to the breading bag to give each piece an even coating. Last step was to place each piece on the baking sheet and stick it in the oven. Super easy.
When it was finished baking, I noticed the coating looked a little blah. I decided to give it a minute or two under the broiler. That did the trick. Nice brown, crunchy coating. Just what I wanted!
Was it a keeper? We all loved it! The buttermilk really tenderized the chicken and the seasonings in the coating were perfect! This recipe is definitely a keeper!
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (I used plain, unseasoned bread crumbs)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tsp parsley flakes
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the first nine ingredients. Add the chicken to the bag and shake, making sure to coat the chicken evenly.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drizzle with butter. Bake 20-30 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
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