Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fake "Fried" Chicken

This recipe is an adaptation of the Fiery "Fried" Chicken from Real Simple magazine. I'm not into spicy, and never have pineapple juice on hand so if that sounds like you, try this. It's a great way to jazz up some boring chicken breasts and it's pretty easy.

Preheat oven to 450

1 tbs. Chili Powder
2 tbs. Olive Oil
2-3 Cloves of Garlic, diced *see note below*
3 tbs. Orange Juice (pulp or no pulp, doesn't matter)
1-1.5 C. Bread Crumbs or Panko
1 tsp. Salt
2-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Mix the chili powder, garlic and 1 tbs. of olive oil in a bowl. Whisk in the orange juice. This is what you will dip the chicken in for breading, so try to use a wide, shallow bowl if possible.
Mix the bread crumbs with the remaining tbs. of oil and salt, it works best to use a fork.
Wash and dry the chicken, and take one piece at a time, dip in chili/garlic mix and then dip in bread crumbs to coat. It can be difficult to get the garlic chunks to stick, so just scoop some up and paste them to the chicken with the bread crumbs. Put coated chicken on cookie sheet, I line mine with aluminum foil.
Bake at 450 for 15-20 min, depends on the thickness of your chicken. I'd post a picture, but we ate it too fast :)
** Update- the other day I made this but had no fresh garlic. I put 1 tsp. of poultry seasoning into the chili/oil mix and it was fantastic! And you don't have to worry about the garlic falling off.

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