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Panko-Crusted Oven-'Fried' Chicken
with buttered corn, peas, and spinach

Active: 25 min Total: 30 min
I love fried chicken, but it's not the most weeknight (or waist) friendly dish. Our healthier, baked in the oven version is quick, tasty, and healthier. Enjoyed with a creamy side dish, you'll still have plenty to indulge in!
Smarts: Shake 'n bake is easy to scale, so cook extra and just freeze for easy after-school snacks or salad and wrap fillings.


Panko-Crusted Oven-'Fried' Chicken:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 1/4 lb
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1 cup
  • Paprika - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Buttered Corn, Peas, Spinach:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , minced
  • Onions, small - 1/2 , diced
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Corn kernels - 1 1/2 cups
  • Peas - 1 1/2 cups
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz
  • Cream (opt) - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Limes - 1/2 , juice of


  1. Chicken breasts - Slice into strips. Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Prep breading stations - In one bowl or container, whisk eggs with some salt and pepper. Combine panko, paprika, salt, and pepper in a container with a lid or Ziploc bag.

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  1. Heat oven to 375F / 190C degrees.
  2. Dip chicken into eggs and then toss into panko mixture. Cover with lid or zip bag and shake until panko coats chicken. Brush sheet pan with some oil and spread chicken out onto sheet pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken is done and golden.
  3. While chicken is baking, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add butter and then garlic and onions to melted butter with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Next fold in corn and peas and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until everything is warmed through.
  5. Fold in spinach with cream, salt, and pepper. Finish with lime juice, and season to taste with more s&p as needed.
  6. Enjoy chicken with your buttered side! (If the chicken feels a bit dry, just coat it in your side.)



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