Crusted chicken breast with rosemary.
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Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken

This recipe was wonderfully flavorful, but next time, I’d use full-sized chicken breasts. Since the pieces were thin, it couldn’t stay in the oven long enough to really make the walnut-panko crust very crunchy. The buttermilk keeps the chicken moist, and the rosemary really makes it stand out.

Crusted chicken breast with rosemary.

Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken
Cooking Light June 2010

Get the crispy taste of fried chicken for less than 300 calories. Add kid appeal to this dish with a honey-mustard dipping sauce.

Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cutlet)

1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 (6-ounce) chicken cutlets
1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
Rosemary leaves (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Combine buttermilk and mustard in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to buttermilk mixture, turning to coat.

3. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko to pan; cook 3 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Combine panko, nuts, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; discard buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken in panko mixture.

4. Arrange a wire rack on a large baking sheet; coat rack with cooking spray. Arrange chicken on rack; coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until chicken is done. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 287 Fat: 9.4g (sat 1.6g,mono 1.6g,poly 5.1g) Protein: 42.7g Carbohydrate: 6g Fiber: 0.9g Cholesterol: 101mg Iron: 1.6mg Sodium: 379mg Calcium: 66mg

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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