Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crispy Coated Ranch Chicken

For dinner last night my husband requested "Chicken with a crispy coating." Don't you love how specific he is?! I didn't have time to find a recipe online, so I just came up with something when I got home. It was a super-simple weeknight meal that was very good. I served it with Creamy Parmesan Orzo. I thought it was lacking a little something but I couldn't figure out what. Maybe I just underseasoned it. Either way, my husband loved it and asked me to make it again so that's definately a good sign! It's certainly not a "refined" dish but it's great for the weeknight!

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - pounded to an even thickness
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 packet of dry ranch mix (I used hidden valley)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregeno
1/2 tsp dried thyme
kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If necessary, dry chicken breasts and then season with salt and pepper. On one plate add flour. On a separate plate, mix together Panko bread crumbs and dried basil, oregeno and thyme. In a shallow bowl beat eggs and milk. Open ranch packet and keep it close so you don't have to open it while your hands are in chicken! Coat chicken breast in flour, then dip in the egg wash, then lighly sprinkle on dry ranch mix (to your tastes), then press into Panko bread crumbs to create a nice, crunchy coating on both sides and place in a 13x9 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Repreat with remaining chicken breast. Cover dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Then, take off the foil, spray the top of the chicken breasts with non-stick spray, and bake for an additional 15 minutes for a nice, crispy crust.


Joelen said...

Looks delicious and I'm sure is flavorful too!

Colleen said...

Oooh my husband would love this! Gotta love the panko!

bensbaby116 said...

Looks like a great quick chicken meal. I love ranch anything. I also have a much neglected meat tenderizer that would come in handy for the pounding to an even thickness part.

bypami said...

I came across your blog yesterday. DH and I went to the store and got all the ingredients and made this for dinner last night. YUM! Great job! I don't cook, so this was a big step for me. Next time we are adding more of the ranch mix. Looking forward to trying more of your suggestions!


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