Healthy Panko Chicken Recipe

Nobody will ever believe that this panko chicken recipe wasn’t fried in oil!

The skin is crispy, salty,  and delicious– all without oil!   It’s not healthy by any stretch, (you brush butter on the chicken!) but it’s definitely less messy!

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Let’s make this Healthy Panko Chicken Recipe!

Let’s make this Healthy Panko Chicken Recipe

Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb that makes anything that it coats super crispy. I love it so much! So I just can’t stop myself from making a recipe with this amazing ingredient. This healthy panko chicken recipe is, yes, as you read it is not cooked in oil. How’s that even possible? In the oven, of course! Let’s dig into the recipe to find out how to do this!

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OVEN-FRIED PANKO CHICKEN RECIPE Ingredients

  • 2 cups Panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp cayenee (adjust to taste)
  • 1 stick unsalted   butter, softened
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up, rinsed & dried

INSTRUCTIONS in making healthy panko chicken recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Step 2

Stir together panko crumbs, cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper & put in a pie plate.

Step 3

Stir together softened butter, 1/2 tsp salt, & 1/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl, & brush all over chicken pieces front & back.

Step 4

Add chicken, a piece at a time, to the crumb mixture in the pie plate and press to coat all sides evenly. Place chicken pieces in a shallow baking pan, skin side up.

Step 5

Bake chicken until well browned & cooked through. About 45 minutes (breasts will take longer, about an hour). Let stand uncovered for 10 minutes to crisp after baking.

Quick tips in cooking this healthy panko chicken recipe

I would suggest using a meat thermometer on the chicken breasts.  The internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat should reach 175 degrees. If I had not used this, I would have pulled the breasts out undercooked. Mine took about 1 hour, the rest of the pieces took about 45 minutes.

Yield: 5 servings

Healthy Panko Chicken Recipe

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This healthy panko chicken is so amazing! The skin is crispy, salty,  and delicious– all without oil!   It’s not healthy by any stretch, (you brush butter on the chicken!) but it’s definitely less messy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up, rinsed & dried

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Stir together panko crumbs, cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper & put in a pie plate.
  3. Stir together softened butter, 1/2 tsp salt, & 1/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl, & brush all over chicken pieces front & back.
  4. Add chicken, a piece at a time, to the crumb mixture in the pie plate and press to coat all sides evenly.  Place chicken pieces in a shallow baking pan, skin side up.
  5. Bake chicken until well browned & cooked through. About 45-60 minutes (breasts will take longer, about an hour).  
  6. Let stand uncovered for 10 minutes to crisp after baking.

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