How many children want to have crumbed chicken by KFC? I think, a lot of them will say yes to it. But to us mothers, it is not the best or the healthiest choice. Donna George today has given us this awesome crumbed chicken recipe which is baked and not fried, and since you are making it you know fresh ingredients are going into your child’s treat and not which has been frozen for God knows, how long!
Chicken (on the bone) cut into medium size pieces : 800 grams
Eggs : 2
Milk : 3 tbsp
Ingredients for the Dry Spice Rub
Paprika or Kashmiri Chili/ Deggi mirch powder (to taste)
Crushed peppercorns (to taste)
6 to 7 cloves of freshly crushed Garlic or Garlic powder – 1 tbsp
Onion powder (optional) – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Ingredients for the Seasoned Crumbs
Plain Flour – 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups
Breadcrumbs – 1 cup
Corn Flakes – 1 cup coarsely crushed
Garlic powder – 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp (if you don’t have garlic powder leave out this ingredient)
Onion powder – 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Paprika or Kashmiri Chili powder – 1 tbsp (add more if you like it nice and spicy)
1 teaspoon Pepper powder (adjust as per spice tolerance)
Dried Rosemary -1 1/2 to 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Wash and clean the chicken and pat dry with a kitchen towel to absorb all moisture. Make deep gashes on each piece and marinate it with the ingredients listed under “Ingredients for the Dry Spice Rub”. Keep aside for at least an hour.
Take a large mixing bowl and mix together all ingredients listed under “Ingredients for the Seasoned Crumbs”. Make sure to mix through well so that all the ingredients are combined evenly. Keep aside.
Take another bowl and beat together the eggs and milk. Keep aside.
Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius.
Drench the marinated chicken pieces one by one in the egg and milk mixture and coat well with seasoned crumb mix. Give it a little pat and a shake to hold the crust together and repeat the same procedure (dipping and coating with seasoned crumb mix) a second time. Arrange the crumb coated chicken pieces on a greased baking tray.
Drizzle a little oil on each piece of chicken and bake in the oven. Bake for five to seven minutes at 200 degree Celsius and then turn down the heat back to 180 degree Celsius and bake for fifteen minutes.
After fifteen minutes, take out the baking tray with the chicken and drizzle some more oil on each piece. This step is crucial to avoid drying of the chicken. It helps to keep the chicken moist and succulent. Once some more oil has gone onto each piece of chicken, place the tray back in the oven and bake till you get a nice golden crispy crust on the outside and the meat is juicy and cooked through.
Serve this Crispy Baked Crumb Chicken which has rested for a minute or two with some deliciously Creamy Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw.