This is another Weight Watchers recipe, from the Comfort Classics cookbook. Along with the Macaroni & Cheese on the cover, this was one of the first recipes to catch my eye, in part because of the very tasty-looking picture. I’ve tried corn flake style breading before, and wasn’t that impressed, but this baked, “oven-fried,” fried chicken fake out had a perfectly crispy, crunchy crust. I think it was the buttermilk. Next time, I think I’d up the salt and pepper content, because it could’ve used a little more flavor. Otherwise, though, I liked this recipe a lot.
Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken with Sage Gravy
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons four
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 1 1/3 cup cornflake crumbs
- Bone-in, skin-on chicken, about 2 pounds worth (use the pieces you like)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (would increase next time)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Place a wire rack in the pan, spray the rack lightly with nonstick spray.
2. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Put the egg whites in another shallow dish. Place the cornflake crumbs in a third dish.
3. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and cayenne. Add the buttermilk and turn to coat. Dip the chicken, one piece at a time, into the flour, then the egg whites, then the cornflake crumbs. Place the chicken on the rack. Spray the top of the chicken lightly with nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 45 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, to make the gravy, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons flour and cook, whisking frequently, for about a minute. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Continue whisking and cooking, until the gravy comes to a boil and thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in the sage and pepper. Serve the gravy with the cooked chicken.
310 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 1 fiber, for about 2 pieces of chicken.