Saturday, 4 October 2008

Crispy chicken thighs

So can you tell I opened a bag of panko recently?

These crispy thighs are amazing. I can't remember where I originally got the recipe, but I have made very few changes.

Crispy crumbed chicken

Cut skinless chicken thigh fillets into chunks (I usually cut each fillet into 3) and marinate in Greek yoghurt flavoured with crushed garlic and lemon zest for as long as you've got (I put these into the marinade before work with the intention of eating them that night but then ate them the next day).

Remove the thighs from the marinade, toss in seasoned breadcrumbs (yay panko!) place in a single layer in a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake at 200C for about 30 minutes or until cooked through and crispy. Serve with a lemony salad and a squeeze more lemon juice.

I also had some mushrooms sauteed with bacon and garlic on the side because I had a rasher left over from breakfast the other day that I couldn't freeze again and wouldn't waste.

Minimum effort and very tasty - a real crowd pleaser. We agreed that next time I made this I would put some grated parmesan in with the panko.

20 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

Panko is my friend! These look wonderful with the yogurt, lemon and garlic--heaven!

HH said...

Oh lovely! I think parmesan would be great with them, though they are very very delicious how they are!

Natashya said...

Oh, that looks so good. And the best thing - everybody in my family would eat it. (Fussy teen boys included!)
I love Panko - I can't get it here but pick it up in the city when I can.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

These sound so delicious! I've always wanted to find Panko...as far as I'm aware it's not particularly mainstream here.

Sam said...

I've never tried panko before but these look seriously good.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Great recipe foodycat. I love chicken. I prefer it over beef. I haven't tried panko yet, but these look mighty crispy and tasty. I think you've convinced me to give it a try. Great post.

Darius T. Williams said...

I enlarged the picture - these look great! Really!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Foodycat said...

Deb - I don't think I have done anything with regular breadcrumbs since I found panko!

HH - they are so good like this, but I can't help mucking about with recipes.

Natashya - everyone would eat it, and you can make it more or less sophisticated depending on who you are serving it too.

Laura - have you got any Japanese grocers nearby? I have to go to oriental shops for it.

Sam - they should pay me to do ads for panko! I don't use it for about a year and then I use it for everything!

Teresa - give these a try. I suspect you will make one of your amazing chilli sauces and make them so special!

Thanks Darius!

kat said...

I do my crispy baked chicken the same way though marinade it in buttermilk. Its so good, isn't it?!

Foodycat said...

I've got some buttermilk in my shopping order this week, so I will try that, Kat!

Peter M said...

Thigh are the best, Panko rules.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this looks gr8. Fried cashew nuts making the recipe rich and delicious.

Foodycat said...

I love the fried cashew idea! Thanks!

The Cat's Mother said...

This recipe is related to my "Leanne's chicken breasts" - I have many recipe that start with "Leanne's". The breasts are marinaded in 2 Tbsp yoghurt / 1 Tbsp grainy mustard / 1 Tbsp vinegar / 1 Tbsp honey, then rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked.

Foodycat said...

I like the mustard and honey additions! Yum!

The Cat's Mother said...

We have just enjoyed this recipe. Instead of panko I used some of the organic wholemeal beadcrumbs that I store in the freezer - seasoned with Herbie's Greek spice mix to keep the lemon / garlic / herb theme. Very nice.

Foodycat said...

Sounds very nice!

We Are Never Full said...

sounds very japanese! serve with a brown japanese sauce and you've got a great japanese fried chicken dish! looks SOOO good and crunchy.

Cooking and the City said...

yum I could eat this right now & its after 2am here ;-)

Foodycat said...

We are never full - good idea to Japanese it! Like a tonkatsu sort of thing.

Cooking & the City - I'd much rather snack on something crisp and savoury like this late at night!

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