Bread Crumb Coated Chicken Breasts
This recipe results in chicken that’s deliciously crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Serve over simple wilted greens or pasta for a heartier meal. You can prepare the chicken breasts several hours in advance and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4- to 6-ounces each, cut or pounded into thin cutlets
1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs (such as Panko)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
Olive oil or canola oil for cooking
1 jar (6.8-oz) Pantala Mediterranean Topping - Vegan
In a medium bowl combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Season to taste with black pepper.
Work in the 1 tablespoon of olive oil by hand, and then spread the mixture on a large dinner plate or small baking tray. Spread the flour on another dinner plate. Crack the eggs into a shallow bowl and beat lightly with a fork.
Dip the chicken pieces in the flour, coating both sides and shaking off any excess.
Next, dip the chicken in the egg allowing any excess to drip off.
Finally, put the chicken in the bread crumb mixture, ensuring it is well coated on all sides. Place the chicken pieces on a tray and season them with a little salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook. (Can be prepared up to 12 hours in advance.)
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add olive oil or canola oil to a depth of about ¼ inch. When oil is almost smoking, add chicken to the skillet, being careful not to crowd the pan. (Cook in two batches if necessary.)
Cook until chicken is golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes, then turn and cook on the second side about 2 minutes longer. (Adjust cooking time upward and reduce heat if chicken pieces are thick.)
Transfer chicken to several thicknesses of paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Serve hot with a healthy dollop of Pantala Mediterranean Fusion on the side.