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Oven-Crusted Chicken Breast

A healthy way to fry chicken

Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy Dinners
Prep time Cook time Yields Serving Size
20 minutes 20 minutes 4 servings 3 oz chicken breast, 1 C salad

Ingredients

For chicken:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 oz each)
1 egg white (or substitute liquid egg white)
1 C fat-free evaporated milk
1 C breadcrumbs
¼ C rolled oats, crushed; pulse a few times in the food processor or crush between fingers to make smaller pieces
1 C whole-wheat flour
2 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil

For salad:

2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ Tbsp olive oil
4 C red leaf lettuce, rinsed and dried
1 C cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper

calories 264
Total fat 11 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Cholesterol 49 mg
Sodium 263 mg
Total fiber 3 g
Protein 24 g
Carbohydrates 18 g
Potassium 553 mg

Directions

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 °F.

  • 2
    Place chicken in a freezer bag with the air squeezed out, and pound each breast down to ½-inch thickness.

  • 3
    Combine the egg white and evaporated milk in a bowl, and mix well.  In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and crushed oats, and mix well.

  • 4
    Coat the chicken breasts in flour, and shake off the excess.  Dip the chicken breasts in the egg and milk mixture, and drain off the excess.  Then dip the chicken breasts in the breadcrumb mixture to coat, and shake off the excess.  After all chicken breasts have been coated, discard any leftover breading mixture.

  • 5
    Heat oil in a large sauté pan.  Stir fry the chicken over medium-high heat on one side until golden brown, about 2–3 minutes.  Turn carefully, and pan fry the second side for an additional 2–3 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the pan, and place on paper towels to soak up excess oil.  Place on baking sheet, and finish cooking in a 350 °F oven for about 5–8 minutes (to a minimum internal temperature of 165 ºF).

  • 6
    For the salad, combine lemon juice and olive oil, and mix well to make a dressing.  Toss the lettuce leaves and cherry tomatoes with the dressing, salt, and pepper.

  • 7
    Serve 1 cup salad with one piece of chicken. 

Tip: Try serving with a side of oven-roasted potatoes.

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