I have a big appreciation for soul food. And anything fried. My family went through a major Price's Fried Chicken phase - for a few years - we'd go wait in line that went out the door and sometimes down the block, to place a fried chicken order. The reward: taking a big box of goodness home for dinner. If you're from Charlotte you know, that shit is real good.
But I have been trying to eat more thoughtfully in my adult years and so, panko crusted chicken replaced Price's and I gotta say, it is delicious. Recipe below.
1 breast of organic chicken (per person)
1 cup of panko bread crumbs
Some olive oil
What you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut the chicken into strips
3. Put the panko in a bowl and the egg, cracked and stirred, in a second bowl.
4. Dip the chicken strips in the egg and then the panko and place on a baking sheet.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then crank the oven up to 450 and flip the strips and cook for another 10 minutes.
6. Option step: if after 20 minutes the chicken isn't as golden brown as you'd like it to be, just fry the strips on each side in a skillet of olive oil. Then place on a paper towel to get the oil drain off before serving.
I served this with a little sauce that I keep on hand - 1 cup of greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of sour cream and lots of chopped chives.