Thursday, October 06, 2005

Not quite KFC

Oven-Fried Chicken
Better Homes and Garden, Chicken, Cooking For Today Copyright 1993

1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about 28)
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
2 ½ to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks)
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

In a small bowl combine the egg and the milk. In a shallow dish combine the crackers, thyme, paprika and pepper. Set aside.

Skin chicken. Rinse the chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Dip chicken pieces, one at a time, in egg mixture, then roll in cracker mixture.

In a greased 15x10x2 inch baking pan arrange chicken so the pieces don’t touch. Drizzle the chicken with melted margarine or butter.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or till the chicken pieces are tender and no longer pink. Do not turn the chicken pieces while baking.

Makes 6 servings.

This wasn't bad but I doubt it's the best oven fried chicken recipe out there. Maybe leaving the skin on would have helped but it was healthier this way. It was easy to prepare and I like the appearance of this oven fried chicken but I thought the flavor was a bit bland. Enjoyable enough but I wouldn't stop trying other oven fried chicken recipes.

This little bargain book contains only chicken recipes and it's a handy thing to have around when you eat a lot of chicken like we do. It has a nice variety of recipes which aren't too complicated or too heavy. I don't think there's a recipe in the book that I wouldn't enjoy. I'm surprised to see that this book is still available, new on Amazon, for $15.95. It's a small book and I only paid a fraction of that. It seems to be available new from private sellers for much less than $15.95 so I doubt Amazon is selling many of their copies.

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