Sorry for the long hiatus from my blog. The last two months has been crazily busy for me with work and also with my personal life. I have been too caught up with my Crossfit training and it takes a hell out of me. But I am back now !
I am sharing a recipe that I have concocted a few months back I absolutely adore it from the very first try because it's delicious, healthier than fried chicken and tastes like the real deal! I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and altered it to my preference / what I have in my fridge and it turned out great. The recipe called for mayo for marinating the chicken but I don't stock mayo at home but I had full fat yogurt. Greek yogurt is going to work too. Feel free to add more cayenne pepper or black pepper if you like your fried chicken a little peppery.
Japanese panko crumbs are heavenly to work with because of the texture and dryness compared to breadcrumbs which gives the chicken a nice crunch. I served it to S and he didn't have a clue that it was not deep-fried. You can find Japanese panko crumbs in most supermarkets these days but if you can't, you definitely find them in an Asian supermarket. If you like your chicken to have more crumbs, just spoon a little more into the resealable bags
1 kg chicken free-range drumstick (around 8-9 pieces)
1 cup japanese panko crumbs (loosely stacked)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 cup full fat yogurt/ Greek yogurt
1.Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
2. Mix together the bread crumbs, cayenne pepper,thyme,salt, pepper, thyme and paprika in a big size resealable plastic bag.
3. Wash and towel dry the chicken drumsticks. Coat the drumsticks with yogurt and place into the resealable bag with panko crumbs mixture and coat/shake until well coated. Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9x13 inch or similar sized baking tray with wire rack and bake for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.
I made a simple coleslaw with red cabbage, cabbage, carrots, sweet corn kernels and crushed almonds to go with the chicken drumsticks and it was marvellous!