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I love crispy, baked chicken, and the picture on this blog had my mouth watering. I read through the recipe and knew right away that I would make it.
The original recipe used mozzarella, Romano, and provolone cheeses. I omitted the provolone, mostly because I didn't see shredded provolone on my quick run through the market and didn't feel like going all the way back to the deli (Wegman's is too bit to run back for just one more thing!). Instead I used Parmesan. I also didn't fry the chicken before baking it. Using Panko and turning on the broiler at the end makes it plenty crispy, and also keeps it a bit healthier.
We both loved this chicken. The addition of lemon zest, oregano, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses to the breading gave it such great flavor - fresh and bright. I used basil for the picture, but then also chopped it up and enjoyed it with the chicken which went so well with the lemon. I served this chicken with simple roasted asparagus and Pasta with Butter, Parmesan, and Black Pepper.
Lemon Romano Chicken
Adapted from: Cooking Classy
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
- Salt and pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp flour
- 3/4 c Panko breadcrumbs
- Shredded cheeses: mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Lemon wedges for serving
- Fresh basil for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray
- Season chicken with salt and pepper; set aside
- Beat egg and add flour; in a second bowl, mix the Panko with approximately 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp Romano cheese, lemon zest, oregano, and just a pinch each of salt and pepper
- One at a time, dip the chicken breasts in the egg/flour mixture, and then in the Panko mixture. Place in the baking dish.
- Bake at first for approximately 10 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, mix approximately 1 tbsp of each of the cheeses in a small bowl. After the chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, top each breast with some of the cheese. Continue to cook for approximately 8 more minutes, or until the intrnal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees, turning on the broiler for the last 2 minutes of cooking. (total chicken cooking time is approximately 18 minutes)
- Garnish with lemon wedges and basil. Before eating, squeeze lemon juice onto the chicken.
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