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Za'atar Crusted Baked Chicken

Za'atar Crusted Baked Chicken
Za'atar Crusted Baked Chicken

Breading and baking chicken breasts is a delicious and health-conscious alternative to deep-fried chicken. Breading can be seasoned with any kind of seasoning you like, so it acts like a sort of passport to a world of flavors. And it does so with a minimum of oil, so it forgoes all the cleanup that comes part and parcel with the process of frying. 

Israeli Za’atar is a spice blend that is rising in popularity in the western world. It's earthy and has nutty crunch from sesame seeds; they're balanced with fruity-tart sumac and a bit of citrus and herb. It's an aromatic way to infuse a basic flour dredge with tons of flavor. We kept the breading light and playful by primarily using egg whites, with just a bit of yolk for some gusto, and we upped the crunch by adding even more sesame seeds to the airy crustiness of panko bread crumbs. 

Baked at 425°F, these chicken breasts reached an internal temperature of 165°F in around 25 minutes. While they were cooking we make a pot of Lemon Rice to serve with it, and voila! Dinner is served.

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 25 min.
Category: Chicken
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Ingredients:
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine panko bread crumbs, Israeli Za'atar, and Toasted Sesame Seeds. Mix well.
  3. In another shallow dish, combine egg, egg whites, and water. Whisk lightly.
  4. Season chicken with Kosher Salt and Black Pepper Fine Grind.
  5. Dredge chicken in panko mixture.
  6. Dredge chicken in egg, then again dredge in panko mixture.
  7. Place chicken on baking sheet; you can spray the chicken with non-stick cooking spray, or lay a silicone baking mat or baker's parchment on the baking sheet.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until internal temperature is 165°F.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges and Lemon Rice.
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