baked chicken recipe

Mom’s Breaded Chicken

Mom’s Breaded Chicken

With the holiday weekend approaching, I thought I would share this recipe again. It always brings back great memories of childhood picnics/cookouts with my family. I love this recipe and I hope you do, too.

I looked forward to the big family picnics we had when I was a kid. My Dad and I would go early in the morning to pick out our favorite location, and get tables arranged. Then he would start a fire in the grill and make us bacon and eggs in the cast iron skillet.

Everyone started arriving soon after that. Well, not everyone. My Mom, and one of my aunts, would always come a little later. That is because they were finishing up the breaded chicken that was always a part of these picnics. She wanted it to be served nice and warm.

It would have been breaded the day before. My mom felt that when you breaded the chicken ahead of time, it seemed to help the breading to stick better. I do it the same way today.

This isn’t fried chicken. The breaded chicken is lightly browned in a skillet, then finished off in the oven. It is crispy on the outside and nice and juicy inside. It is also a lovely memory for me of time spent with family. Here are the directions for how she made it.

 

Mom’s Breaded Chicken

 

Chicken pieces, I often use a whole bird, cut into pieces, or just thighs and drumsticks.

salt and pepper to taste

flour

Parsley

Paprika

Garlic powder

eggs

Milk

Bread crumbs

oil

 

Pat chicken pieces dry. Season with salt and pepper. In a bag, combine flour- about ½ c. per 8 pieces of chicken should be about right. Season flour with a little salt and pepper.  In bowl combine milk and eggs with the rest of the seasonings, including more salt and pepper. I use 1 egg with enough milk to make a thin batter for every 4-5 pieces of chicken. Keep in mind that the size of the pieces matters. Wings will need less batter than legs. Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish or in a plastic bag. Place a few pieces of chicken in bah with the flour and shake to coat, dipping off the excess. Then dip chicken pieces (1-2 at a time) in egg mixture, turning to moisten completely. Then place in crumbs and turn or shake to coat evenly. Repeat with remaining chicken until all of it is breaded.

At this time you can cover and refrigerate the chicken for several hours or overnight if desired. You can also go ahead and cook it right away. Mom suggests you bread the chicken the night before so it will stick better, but hey, you’re an adult, do what you want.

To cook the chicken, heat ½- inch of oil in a heavy skillet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Foil a roasting pan and then place a rack inside. Once the oil is hot, brown the chicken pieces several at a time, turning to brown evenly. Place the browned chicken on the rack in the baking dish and continue to brown remaining chicken. Place chicken in oven and bake until chicken is cooked and juices run clear when chicken is poked. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pieces, how much you browned them and how many you are cramming in one pan. Baking time will be about 45 minutes. Check a large piece of chicken, near the middle of the pan to be sure.

This is a real summer favorite and the baking on the rack helps fat to drip off, giving you fried chicken flavor with fewer calories. This chicken can be served hot, warm or cold.

Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

I wanted to add the flavor of honey mustard dipping sauce into chicken I was making the other night. I thought it would be neater to eat the chicken with the sauce already in it as opposed to dipping it and having it be messy. No matter how careful I am I always drip on myself. It worked really well.

I decided to try to do that by using the dipping sauce ingredients as a marinade and then as the base for breading the chicken. I had about 1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken thighs. I think the thighs stay juicier, but you could use breasts if you prefer or even bone-in chicken but cooking times would be longer.

Here is the marinade recipe

1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/4 c. whole grain mustard

2 T. honey

salt and pepper to taste

 

I combined  the marinade ingredients and put the chicken in it and put the whole thing in the fridge for a couple of hours. When I was ready to cook the chicken I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I put some breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and dredged the chicken pieces in the breadcrumbs one at a time and placed the breaded chicken on a baking sheet. I drizzled the tiniest amount of oil over the chicken and placed it in the oven to bake.  I cooked the chicken for about 30 minutes, turning it over after 15 minutes. I checked one of the thicker pieces after 30 minutes for doneness and we were good to go. The chicken tasted just like the honey-mustard dipping sauce I was looking for without the mess. It was moist and juicy on the inside but had browned very nicely on the outside. May try this soon with barbecue sauce.

Easy Chicken Nuggets-Baked!!

Easy Chicken Nuggets

Easy Chicken Nuggets

This might be a nice choice for kids to make for Mom. Easy to make and so much better than what is served at fast food places. I often make a big batch and freeze some for later.

Chicken Nuggets

1 egg

3 T. milk

1 t. dried parsley

1/2 t. paprika

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

1/4 t. garlic powder

1 lb. boneless chicken, cubed into 1-inch pieces

bread crumbs- about a cup

oil

Combine egg with milk and seasonings in a bowl and mix with a fork until smooth. Add the chicken to the egg mixture and stir to coat well. Using a fork remove the chicken pieces and drop in the breadcrumbs, rolling to coat evenly. Place breaded chicken pieces on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a little oil and place in a preheated 450 degree oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is cooked. Serve with barbecue sauce, sweet and sour sauce, honey  mustard or whatever dipping sauces you like. Serves 3-4.

To freeze for later use you can freeze raw or cooked- I prefer to freeze the nuggets raw and cook when needed. Place nuggets on a baking sheet and place in freezer until hard. Place in freezer container. When using frozen uncooked nuggets- bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.