I needed something quick for dinner last night, and so created this on-the-spot -- inspired by a garlic chicken recipe I read in a cookbook, which used whole chicken pieces, skin and bone. Plus I wanted to finish off my bag of panko so I could go buy a new one. I was so pleased with how this turned out that I intend to make it regularly. Panko are japanese bread crumbs and they are highly superior to any other type; please try to source them out for this dish rather than use regular dry bread crumbs. The "international" or "ethnic" aisle in your grocery store should sell panko; if not, complain to the manager!
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; as butter starts to melt, add minced garlic into the saucepan.
- Once butter has melted, remove from heat and pour garlic butter mixture into a low flat dish, like a soup plate or pie pan.
- In another low, flat dish, combine panko, parmesan, and parsley if using (some kids don't like green bits in their food, so feel free to leave out); add salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
- Preheat oven to 400F; have ready a baking pan that's been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Remove chicken tenderloin from breasts and leave whole, then cut breasts crosswise into strips.
- Roll chicken pieces into garlic butter, then completely dredge in panko mixture; place on prepared baking pan.
- Should you have any panko mixture left over when you are done, sprinkle over chicken strips; should you have any melted butter left over, pour over chicken.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through.
Very flavorful and easy to make. The only problem I had was I couldn't get them to brown. I used chicken tenders and baked them at 425 F. I knew after almost 20 mins. in the oven they had to be cooked through. I was worried they would be dry if I left them in much longer so I ran them under the broiler for a few minuets but, I just couldn't get them crisp and they did end up a little dry. I followed the recipe to a T, except the change in oven temperatures. It's also a good idea to take the chill off the chicken before dipping them in the garlic butter. The cold chicken hardend the butter quickly making it hard to coat the last few pieces. I will defintaly make these again but I will bake at the specified temp of 400 F to see if that makes a difference in the way they brown. All in all this is a great recipe especially for garlic lovers. Thanks Lennie!
Loved this! I pounded my boneless chicken strips to tune out the kids' fighting, then sliced into strips. Melted the butter in the microwave to save some time and it turned out fine. I had just a touch of crumbs left over and enough butter to barely drizzle over each piece before baking. These were perfectly crisped up at about 23 minutes in my convection oven at 350'. This has been requested again by my husband, so winner!
Delicious and so easy! I added some ground chipotle pepper powder to the butter mix and to the panko mix but otherwise followed to a T with wonderful results. I will use full chicken breasts next time...can't wait to try that!