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.

Yield: 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 295
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 44.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 6.6g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 115mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 486mg
  • Calcium: 88mg


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. 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.
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