Monday, August 12, 2013

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

So, everyone has their own way of making crispy chicken.  It could be bread crumbs, or crackers, or in our house, corn flakes.  The trick is making chicken that is juicy and not dried out. Chicken that is flavorful, not bland. So many years of trying to figure out how to make a good baked chicken that is yummy and people want more of and finally, I found the winner!
A couple of years ago, when my daughter was born, family friends came to visit and meet the new addition.  She made this wonderful chicken, and I wanted to replicate it. I've tried several things to get it just right, and found a couple of tricks to enhance the flavors. Now, it has become a regularly requested meal.  Even the kids are on this meal; we just call them chicken nuggets and they are all over it. It's a real versatile dish, too. I can pair it with potato salad, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, french fries, and all sorts of other wonderful things!

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken
4 chicken breasts (I use 2 tenders per breast instead)
3 c corn flakes
2 eggs, scrambled
1 Tbs water
2 c flour
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt (or garlic salt)
4 Tbs butter

Preheat the oven to 375F. Crush the corn flakes in a plastic bag with a rolling pin and place them in a bowl. In a second bowl, combine the 2 eggs with the water.  In a third bowl, combine the flour with the pepper and salt.  Have a baking dish buttered and ready for the chicken to be placed into. Finally, pat the chicken dry. Now, you are ready to start dipping chicken.
Dip the chicken in the flour mix.  Coat it completely, and then dip it into the egg.  Finally, dip it into the corn flake mix and place it into the baking dish.  Repeat this process for each of the chicken pieces. When finished, place the chicken into the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink. About 5 minutes before the chicken is pulled out of the oven, melt the butter.  When the chicken is finished, pull it out and pour the melted butter evenly on each piece of chicken.  Let it sit for a few minutes before serving (it needs time to rest and become a little more crusty).

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