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Cajun Oven-Fried Chicken

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick)
Ditch the bucket of cold, greasy chicken and load up on these extra–crispy chicken breasts, drumsticks, and thighs. If you want a spicier kick, add a few drops of hot sauce to the buttermilk coating. If you prefer chicken fingers, you can use this same coating mixture on boneless chicken tenders.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning (such as Spice Hunter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 chicken breast halves (about 1 pound), skinned
  • 2 chicken drumsticks (about1/2 pound), skinned
  • 2 chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), skinned
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 206
  • caloriesfromfat 16 %
  • fat 3.7 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 31.7 g
  • carbohydrate 9 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 95 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 439 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Place panko in a shallow dish. Dip chicken, one piece at a time, into buttermilk mixture; dredge in panko.

  3. Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until done, turning after 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Panko—crunchy Japanese breadcumbs—can be found at Asian markets and produces the crispiest oven-fried chicken. You can try curry powder in place of the Cajun seasoning.

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