Trouble With Toast

Recipe: Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken | June 9, 2010

I have been a bad, bad blogger, I know.  And I’m about to be even worse, since I am leaving for Charleston tomorrow (yay, McCrady’s!!!) and then heading to DC on Sunday (yay, Dino!!! and Vidalia!!! and Palena!!!).  But, before I ride off into the sunset, I wanted to share a great recipe from a recent Cooking Light magazine.

I was skeptical about this chicken from the start, since “oven frying” seems to frequently disappoint, both in flavor and in texture.  But this version was outstanding – lots of flavor from the coating (the rosemary and walnuts played nicely together, and the parmesan contributed a nice salty note), and I think the pre-bake soak in the buttermilk and mustard kept the chicken tender and moist.  Note: don’t skip the step where you toast the panko.  It’s worth the extra couple of minutes!

  • 1/4  cup  low-fat buttermilk
  • 2  tablespoons  Dijon mustard
  • 4  (6-ounce) chicken cutlets
  • 1/3  cup  panko
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped walnuts
  • 2  tablespoons  grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3/4  teaspoon  minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425°.

Combine buttermilk and mustard in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to buttermilk mixture, turning to coat.

Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko to pan; cook 3 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Combine panko, nuts, and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; discard buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken in panko mixture.

Arrange a wire rack on a large baking sheet; coat rack with cooking spray. Arrange chicken on rack; coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until chicken is done. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.



  1. It sounds wonderful. I love oven fried chicken, it’s less fat! I can’t wait to try it.

    Comment by Tes — June 9, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    • Thanks – I really think you’ll enjoy this one.

      Comment by bettyjoan — June 9, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

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