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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Oven Fried Chicken and Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Oven Fried Chicken (from Cooks Illustrated)
Serves four

Be careful not to overcrush the Melba toast; crumbs that are too fine will leave the chicken wanting in crunchiness. If you own a spray bottle for oil, skip the step of tossing the Melba toast crumbs in oil. Instead, once the chicken is coated with crumbs, spray the pieces evenly with oil.
· 1/4 cup vegetable oil
· 1 box (about 5 ounces) plain Melba toast, placed in a heavy-duty freezer bag and pounded with a blunt, heavy object to a sand and pebble texture ( I used the food processor)
· 2 large eggs
· 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
· 1 teaspoon dried thyme
· 3/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
· 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
· 8 chicken legs, skin removed, and patted dry with paper towels
1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Line sheet pan with foil and set large flat wire rack over sheet pan.
2. Drizzle vegetable oil over Melba toast crumbs in a shallow dish or pie plate; toss well to coat. Mix eggs, mustard, thyme, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and optional cayenne with a fork in a second shallow dish or pie plate.
3. Working one piece at a time, coat chicken on both sides with egg mixture. Set chicken in Melba crumbs, sprinkle crumbs over chicken, and press to coat. Turn chicken over and repeat on other side. Gently shake off excess and place on rack. Bake until chicken is deep nutty brown and juices run clear, about 35 minutes.


At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Kristina said...

Well written article.


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