Desk Set Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts

This oven-fried chicken recipe honors the movie "Desk Set" where Katharine Hepburn plays a corporate reference librarian and Spencer Tracy an efficiency expert.  While falling in love, they discuss fried chicken recipes. In one scene, Tracy even cooks the dish for Hepburn.


4 servings

Recipe from

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Nutritional Information

Calories 295
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 9 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 2.1 g
Protein 44.1 g
Carbohydrate 6.6 g
Fiber 0.5 g
Cholesterol 115 mg
Iron 2.4 mg
Sodium 486 mg
Calcium 88 mg


1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
4 (6-ounce) skinned chicken breast halves
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon stick margarine or butter, melted


Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow dish. Place buttermilk in a shallow dish. Dip chicken in buttermilk; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken, breast sides up, in a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle margarine over chicken. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until done.