Since I’ve gotten into using spices for easy weeknight meals, I’m always on the lookout for a simple hack. I decided to try spicing up a simple baked chicken dish with the addition of one of my favorite spice blends. The result was a winner, and the combinations are endless since you can use whatever your favorite spice blend is in this Easy Spiced Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe.
I used this Crispy Oven-Fried Almond Chicken as my baseline. I switched the spices in that recipe for a spice blend.
Another change I wanted to make was switching to all panko bread crumbs and ditching the almonds. The almonds are delicious, but they add time. Though they add great flavor and texture, they also add some extra steps to get them crushed/chopped small enough to stick to the chicken. My lazy side wanted to just pour the panko straight out of the box without requiring any additional steps. I really do think that these little time-savers can make home cooked meals more realistic for us busy-bodies.
The use of a pre-mixed spice blend also shortens the ingredient list. Rather than pulling several spices, you can just get your favorite spice blend and mix it on in.
By changing the spice mix you use, you can change the entire flavor of the dish. And there are so many great spice blends out there (not to mention the ones you can mix up on your own, if you’re feeling frisky), there’s a world of flavor out there just waiting to be enjoyed in this Easy Spiced Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe.
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon of your favorite spice blend (I used Homestead Seasoning from the Savory Spice Shop), depending on how flavorful you want it.
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, optional (you may not need this if your spice blend contains a lot of salt)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 chicken breasts, pounded to ⅓ inch thickness
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place cooling rack over aluminum-foil lined baking sheet. Spray cooling rack with non-stick spray (just near areas where you'll be placing chicken).
- Mix panko bread crumbs, spice blend, and salt (if using) in a wide/low bowl (or other small container with sides).
- In another bowl similar to the one containing the panko, whisk together the egg and milk.
- Dip chicken into the egg mixture, then press both sides into the panko mixture. Be sure to press in the areas that do not easily get covered by the panko mixture. You may have to pick up some of the panko and press it in with your fingers. You're not going to get a perfect coverage, but try to apply as much of the panko mixture as possible for extra crunch.
- Place chicken on prepped cooling rack/baking sheet and bake for 26-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (non-pink center or use a meat thermometer to check).
- When chicken is safe to eat, serve and enjoy!
You may also like these other recipes made with panko:
- Avocado Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce by Table
- Baked Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Bites by The Hungry Hedgehog
- Pesto Stuffed Oven Baked Pork Chops by The Weary Chef
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