If you love easy , quick , delicious , crispy , garlicky chicken , then you are in luck , as this chicken from none other than Sara Moulton is sure to please . Sara notes , and I agree , it is best to buy a really good quality organic free range chicken for this dish as it contains less water than supermarket birds and she also suggests baking the chicken on the rack of a roasting pan …guranteed crispy.
Photograph by Rahul Mahtani
8 tbs ( 1 stick ) butter
4 garlic cloves , chopped
2 cups fresh bread crumbs , from about 6 slices of day old , firm textured white bread .
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
8 chicken thighs 0r 4 bone in single chicken breast halves with skin ( cut in half if very large )
Preheat oven to 350*F
In a small saucepan melt the butter with the garlic and pour it into a shallow bowl .
In a pie plate or shallow bowl , mix the bread crumbs with the salt , pepper and cheese.
Dip the chicken pieces one at a time into the garlic butter, coating them well on all sides . Then dip them into the breadcrumb mixture , patting the crumbs on so the coating is thick .
Place the chicken pieces , skin side up in a shallow baking pan and pat on any remaining bread crumb mixture. Drizzle any remaining garlic butter over the chicken.
Bake chicken for 50 minutes to 1 hour , or until crisp and golden brown . Serve hot or at room temperature.