Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Two For Tuesday

 

Welcome to the South and nothing says it better then a “Southern Dinner”!  I know what yall are thinking, sometimes southern cooking can be a little on the unhealthy side…thanks to all the butter and deep frying…well let’s try something different!

 

Oven-Fried Chicken ::

 

Picture of Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

 

Ingredients

 

Cooking spray

1 1/3 cups crispy rice cereal

2 1/4 cups bagel chips or Melba toasts

5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 teaspoon hot paprika

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt (2%)

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs or halved bone-in breasts (about 6 ounces each)

2 bunches scallions

Harissachili sauce or ketchup, for the sauce

 

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Set a rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and generously coat the rack with cooking spray.

 

Finely grind the cereal and bagel chips in a food processor and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add 3 teaspoons olive oil, the paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste and toss.

 

Whisk 1/2 cup yogurt and the mustard in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat, then transfer to the bag; seal and shake to coat. Place the chicken on the rack and mist with cooking spray.

 

Toss the scallions with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and place alongside the chicken. Bake until the chicken is crisp and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 degrees F, about 30 minutes.

 

Make the dipping sauce: Mix the remaining 1 cup yogurt and harissa to taste in a bowl. Serve the chicken and scallions with the sauce.

 

Of course wouldn’t you love to have mashed potatoes or mac and cheese…well skip all the extra carbs and do something like a sauteed green bean with a little olive oil and finely chopped onion or steamed broccoli, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and a little dab of butter.   Youcan have your down home favorites without busting the daily calorie count in one meal!

 

Let me know what you think!

 

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