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These oven-fried chicken breasts are delish! Cut in strips, serve w/ a dip or on a salad?

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Posted to Thread #19140 at 3:50 am on Oct 11, 2010

Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts with Pecan Crust
from Bon Appetit Y'all

Brining, or soaking poultry in salted water before cooking, is the answer to dry, tasteless white meat and rubbery dark meat: brined poultry loses only half as much moisture during the cooking as unbrined. In this recipe, I use buttermilk instead of water for the brine. Buttermilk is traditional in some fried chicken recipes and has the added benefit of acting as a tenderizer. If doubling this recipe, do not double the amount of salt as the chicken will be too salty.

Traca's note: the chicken breasts I used were very thick, so I butterflied them and doubled the pecan topping. (No need to double the egg mixture or brining solution.)

1/4 cup coarse salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves, preferably fresh
4 cups buttermilk
4 to 6 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 - 3 pounds)
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or panko
3/4 finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

Prehead the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then set a large wire rack on the foil.

To make the brine
Combine the salt, sugar, paprika, garlic and bay leaves in a large nonreactive container. Add the buttermilk and stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Immerse the chicken breasts in the brine and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. (Do not brine any longer or refrigerate, or the chicken will be too salty.)

To make the coating
Combine the panko and pecans in a shallow dish. Add the oil and toss well to coat. In a second shallow dish, combine the eggs, mustard and thyme. Season both mixtures with pepper.

Working with one piece at a time, remove the chicken from the brine and shake off any excess liquid. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, coating both sides. Place the breasts in the crumb mixture, sprinkle with crumbs to cover, and press so the coating adheres; turn the chicken over and repeat the process.

Place the coated breasts on the rack and set on the baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is golden brown and the juices run clear, 20 to 25 minutes.

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