Ok, so I’m from the South, and we like fried chicken here – but that doesn’t exactly go well with a healthy diet. So, in my quest for making healthy food actually taste good, I’ve created something that finally worked. It’s similar to fake fried chicken, or shake and bake chicken – only better. And this is super easy, filling, goes great with any side, and clean up is as easy as throwing away the aluminum foil!
1 large, organic, pasture-raised, boneless skinless chicken breast (It’s huge and could feed 2 people if you get the right kind).
2 tablespoons of spicy brown or Dijon mustard, or EVOO Mayo if you prefer. I just love mustard.
1 half a package of gluten-free italian bread crumbs (any brand you trust, use more if you want).
Heat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with aluminium foil, covering all the sides well to avoid any juices leaking onto the pan.
Empty bread crumbs onto a plate for coating the chicken later.
Use one hand to coat the chicken in the mustard or mayo, spreading a thin layer over both sides. This holds the moisture in and adds a nice flavor. (You’ll need one clean hand to squeeze the bottle and place the pan in the oven). Or, there’s always gloves!
Use that same hand to place the chicken on the plate of bread crumbs and ‘smush’ down ensuring even coating. Do this for both sides.
Place the chicken on the ungreased, dry aluminum foil (it won’t stick, I promise).
Cook for 20-30 mins or until the juices run clear when cut with a knife. Let sit for 5-15 minutes to cool, or serve immediately. I let mine cool before putting it in plasticwear. Even if it’s BPA free, the moisture causes steam and ruins the crispy texture of the crumbs in the container.
There you have it! Easy and delicious. Enjoy!