Sunday, April 22, 2012

Oven-Fried Chicken with Almonds

     What picnic is complete without fried chicken? It seems like it's the easiest and most common food to pack or pick up on your way to your favorite picnic spot. It's probably not the healthiest food. You don't have to fry chicken to get that delicious fried taste. This chicken is baked in the oven and has the crunchiness and flavor of the real thing...without the guilt. The "breading" is made partly of almonds which adds and interesting nuttiness to chicken. Everyone at our house loves this chicken! Even though it has been too chilly to go on a picnic this week we still enjoyed it, and the next day we used the chopped up leftovers on salads for a light lunch.
adapted from South Beach Diet Cookbook
1 cup bread crumbs (we used whole wheat)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup ground almonds (I used a coffee grinder)
2 Tbl chopped parsley (or 2 tsp dried parsley)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lbs chicken (I have used boneless and legs and both were delicious)
  • Preheat oven to 400*
  • Combine bread crumbs, cheese, almonds, parsley, garlic, salt, thyme, and pepper. 
  • Place oil in shallow dish.
  • Dip the chicken in the oil, then in the crumb mixture until coated. 
  • Place in shallow baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until done.
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