Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Buttermilk Baked ChickenThis crispy-coated, moist Ontario chicken is picnic perfect and a healthier alternative to the deep-fried version.

1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk
1 tsp (5 mL) hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper
4 lbs. (2 kg) Ontario chicken parts (drumsticks, wings, thighs)
8 slices white bread
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a cooling rack fitted over a rimmed baking sheet.

In large dish, whisk together buttermilk, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Add chicken, turning to coat while prepping other ingredients.

In food processor, pulse the bread until it turns to coarse crumbs. Spread into a shallow dish and combine with Parmesan and thyme.

Working with one piece at a time, remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, letting any excess drop back into the dish. Dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, turning and pressing gently to coat evenly. Place the breaded pieces on the prepared rack leaving enough space between the pieces so that they can get crisp all over.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, about 35 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Tip: Lighten up this recipe even further by making it with skinless Ontario chicken pieces

Per serving: about 460 cal, 67 g pro, 16 g total fat (4 g sat fat), 7 g carb, 0 g fibre, 205 mg chol, 550 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 20%, calcium 15%, vit A 2%, vit C 2%

Source: www.ontariomeatandpoultry.ca