Bubba knows my weaknesses ~
cookbooks and “Blue Bloods!”
He surprised me with this
for Christmas and I could tell
this "fried" baked chicken recipe
would be a winner!
Southern cooks and barbecue pitmasters may want to skip right past this recipe, because it’s a bit of a Southern cooking sacrilege, per The Blue Bloods Cookbook.
I’m a huge fan of “Blue Bloods,” television show ~ I’ve watched it from the very first episode when the series debuted on September 24, 2010, and haven’t missed one episode over the years...
|Erin, Danny, the Commissioner, and Jamie|
It is an American police procedural fictional drama following the Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department. Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck, is the Police Commissioner.
His oldest son Danny, played by Donnie Wahlberg, is an NYPD detective, his youngest son Jamie, played by Will Estes, is an NYPD officer, now sergeant, and his daughter Erin, played by Bridge Moynahan, is an assistant district attorney. Frank’s second-oldest son Joe was murdered by a crooked cop in the line of duty in events that pre-date the series.
Frank’s father Henry, played by Len Cariou, is a former NYPD beat cop who rose through the ranks to Police Commissioner.
Each member of the family represents a different line of police work or the legal process, with each person’s story line occasionally interweaving with another’s. There are plenty of other characters, children and grandchildren in the show.
The running feature of each show involves Sunday dinner around the dining room table in Frank Reagan’s home. Four generations of the family dine together and discuss their week. The rule of the dinner is that no one can take a first bite before every family member is present and seated, and grace is said.
|The Reagan family with newest member, Eddie (Jamie's fiancée) in the white blouse on the left.|
At times the conversation becomes heated and emotionally charged, they argue and fight, but the whole family remains loving and united regardless of any differences they may have.
The Reagan family Sunday dinner has been a tradition for more than a century, and is well known to their friends and neighbors. I’m imagining this oven “fried” chicken would have been one of their meals.
This great chicken recipe avoids the smelly mess and clean-up of deep frying chicken, and more important, avoids the unhealthiness of it.
|Ooof, wrong camera setting.|
This recipe maintains the crunchiness of deep-fried chicken by breading it with panko bread crumbs and baking it for a good long time, you could substitute crushed cornflakes for the panko and achieve the same results.
|Ready for the oven.|
Dijon mustard was the surprising ingredient for me. It was perfect with the great blend of spices!
This chicken is delicious, Bill really like it, and I will be making it again soon! Hope you give it a try!
Many thanks again for a great cookbook, Bubba!
SOUTHERN FRIED (BAKED) CHICKEN
8 assorted chicken pieces (include your preference of thighs, drumsticks, wings and breasts
⅔ cup flour
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
4 cups panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 450°.
Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
In a small bowl, season flour liberally with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, mustard, oregano, cayenne and paprika.
Stir until completely incorporated.
Spread the panko crumbs on a plate.
Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, shaking off excess.
Then dip into buttermilk, coating it thoroughly and letting any excess drip off.
Then press the chicken into the bread crumbs, rolling until completely coated.
Repeat the dredging process with all the remaining chicken.
Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and space out the chicken on the rack.
Bake for 20 minutes, turn the chicken.
Lower oven temperature to 375°.
Bake for 45 minutes more, or until the chicken pieces are dark brown, and interior temperature of chicken is 165° on an instant-read thermometer, and the juices run clear.
Transfer to serving platter and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.