Sometimes, a plain piece of pork, chicken, fish, or steak can taste a bit bland. However, by coating your meat with a crisp and crunchy breading, you can easily transform a mediocre meal into a savory and satisfying supper. From tilapia fillets with ranch-flavored breading to chicken that’s been coated with almonds and paprika, these seven recipes will help you create breaded dinners that are unbelievably delicious. Prepare to savor bite after bite of marvelous meat that’s been breaded to perfection.
1. Breaded Chicken with Tomatoes
The panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a nice, crispy finish, while the tomatoes enhance its flavor and add an elegant touch to this dinner dish. Betty Crocker’s recipe yields 4 servings.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 pound)
- ½ cup panko crispy bread crumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped (3 cups)
- 2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons)
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
Directions: Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about ¼-inch thick. In shallow medium bowl or pie plate, mix bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken with crumb mixture, pressing to coat well on both sides. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat.
Cook chicken in oil 6 to 10 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on the outside and no longer pink in center. Remove chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 2 cups of the tomatoes, onions, and garlic to skillet; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 30 seconds longer. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 cup tomatoes and the oregano. Serve over chicken. Garnish with additional fresh oregano sprigs, if desired.