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Oven Baked Crispy Mediterranean Chicken
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Oven Baked Crispy Mediterranean Chicken

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author April J Harris

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon mild vegetable oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • cups milk divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • cups breadcrumbs or Matzo meal
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika plus extra for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic minced (or 1 teaspoon Very Lazy Garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose plain flour
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • splash of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup finely diced cucumber
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C or 180° for a fan oven).
  • You will need a roasting pan with a rack. I like to line the bottom of the pan with foil to make for easy clean up.
  • Lightly brush the rack with a bit of vegetable oil.
  • Whisk ¼ cup of the milk together with the Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and paprika in a medium bowl.
  • Place the breadcrumbs on a plate.
  • Add the basil and oregano to the breadcrumbs and mix well.
  • Dip one piece of chicken at a time in the milk mixture and then the breadcrumbs and herbs, rolling and pressing the breadcrumb mixture in so that it sticks well.
  • Carefully place each chicken breast on the rack in the roasting pan.
  • Bake the chicken breasts for 35 minutes or until no pink remains inside and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for just a moment.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook the roux for a minute or two.
  • Gradually add the remaining milk, a bit at a time, until you have a relatively thick and creamy sauce.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
  • Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice and the cucumber along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the Oven Baked Crispy Mediterranean Chicken with the cucumber sauce spooned over top.
  • Garnish with paprika before serving.

Notes

Adapted from The Milk Calendar
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