|Chicken Panko Romano|
Panko is a Japanese bread crumb that provides a crunchy coating like no other. Combined with Romano cheese, the result is divine. A thick and hearty tomato sauce offsets the crunch and makes this a perfect meal for company or special dinners at home.
Chicken Panko Romano
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 30 - 40 minutes
Makes 8 filets
4 large chicken breasts - boneless and skinless
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
4 Tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups Panko
1/2 cup finely shredded Romano cheese
2 cups of your favorite primavera sauce - homemade is best!
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying
1. Clean chicken breasts of all visible fat and cut each in half horizontally, making 2 filets from each breast.
2. Combine Panko and Romano cheese in a bowl. Put flour into another bowl and mix the egg and water in yet another bowl until well blended.
3.Coat each piece of chicken in flour - shaking off excess, and then in egg wash and lastly in Panko and Romano coating. Make sure there are no bare spots on each breast. Set aside or refrigerate up to 1 hour before frying.
4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add several tablespoons of oil to the pan. When the oil 'shimmers', it is ready for the chicken. Oil that is not hot enough will absorb into the chicken and oil that is too hot will smoke.
5. Fry each coated filet in the heated oil until golden brown, turning once during cooking - 5 minutes on each side.
7. Drain well on paper toweling and serve immediately with warm sauce.
You can also bake these on a rack on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced and crumb coating is golden brown.