Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken

Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken

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Twentieth century foodie, gourmand and all around good cook, James Beard declared that “picnicking is one of the supreme pleasures of outdoor life." Indeed. No other dining experience seems quite so decadent. The fresh air, the natural setting, the creative food choices, the deliciously idle intentions. Picnics have a wonderful way of engaging all of our senses in such a fantastic way. It’s almost overwhelming.

Here are the recipes I would like to share with you for a Great American Picnic.

Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken

(adapted From Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book , 1965 Souvenir Edition)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken cutlets
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons herbs de provence
  • 1/8 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted but cooled to room temperature
  • 6 cups corn flakes, crushed

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Combine the garlic, salt, pepper, herbs, parsley and melted butter in a shallow dish and mix thoroughly.
  2. In a separate shallow dish add the crushed cornflakes.
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken on both sides in the butter mixture and then coat them on each side in the cornflakes.
  4. Place the prepared chicken on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and crispy.

*Note: This chicken recipe will loose its crunch factor the longer it sits. So if you are picnicking, this should be the last dish you make before packing the picnic basket and heading out the door. That being said, it’s still wonderful hours later or even the next day, but the corn flake coating will have a more breaded consistency rather than a crispy crunch.

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Katherine Stolz Barber

Katherine is the chief storyteller and curator of the culinary history blog and shop In The Vintage Kitchen. When she’s not busy digging through research archives or whipping up old recipes, you can find her scouting for vintage treasures and inspiring stories around the country with her husband, Bradley, and their insatiably hungry pup, Indie.

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