Baked Breaded Chicken
This baked breaded chicken recipe is an all-around super tasty recipe perfect for the whole family and kids love it.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 12chicken thighs (free range, boneless)
- 1 ½cups/225 grams bread (use fresh brown bread or leftover bread)
- ¼white onion (chopped)
- 2teaspoons parsley (or your preferred fresh herbs; tarragon is lovely)
- ½lemon (juiced)
- ⅓cup/75 grams butter
- 1cup flour (more or less, for dusting)
- 2large eggs
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
Step 1Pull the skin from the chicken; it will pull away quickly.
Step 2Tear the bread into small pieces and place in a food processor with the onion and your chosen herbs. Blitz briefly in the processor, do not over chop, you want the crumb to remain chunky. If you do not have a food processor, break the bread into pieces as small as possible and add the chopped onion and parsley.
Step 3Place the breadcrumb mixture in a large mixing bowl.
Step 4Melt the butter and pour over the breadcrumbs then add the lemon juice. Stir well but gently, to thoroughly coat the bread with the butter.
Step 5Place the flour in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Break the eggs into another bowl and beat lightly with a fork.
Step 6Roll a chicken piece in the flour. Tap it on the side of the bowl to remove any excess flour then immediately dip into the beaten egg. Finally, roll the chicken in the breadcrumbs.
Step 7Using your hands, press the breadcrumbs firmly onto the chicken so it has a thick coating of bread. Place the coated chicken piece onto a lightly greased baking tray.
Step 8Repeat with all the chicken thighs then place onto the baking sheet with the chicken pieces into the fridge for one hour.
Step 9Cook in a preheated oven 400 F / 200 C / Gas 6 for 30 to 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, crunchy and the chicken cooked right through.
Step 10Serve hot with coleslaw, seasonal veggies or even a salad. The chicken is also rather lovely cold which makes it perfect for lunch boxes, for picnics or the buffet table.
Step 11The breadcrumbs can be made in advance and frozen in plastic bags.