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Crispy Chicken with Lemon, Parsley, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 14 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Bread chicken in a sourdough breadcrumb mixture and serve over a bed of simple greens flavored with lemon juice and olive oil.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 ounces sourdough bread (about 3 slices), torn into smaller pieces
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-grained Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups mixed baby greens

How to Make It

  1. Place bread in a food processor; process about 1 minute or to coarse crumbs. Transfer breadcrumbs to a large plate.

  2. Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to an even thickness. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brush each chicken breast half evenly with mustard, and roll in breadcrumbs to coat.

  3. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add chicken, and cook 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown and thickest portion registers 165°.

  4. Meanwhile, combine lemon juice, parsley, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil.

  5. Place 1 chicken breast half onto each of 4 plates; top evenly with parsley mixture. Serve immediately with mixed greens.