Baked Breaded Chicken is the most popular recipe searched for on my main site, A Life in Balance. It’s an easy meal to make, and one the kids can help with depending on your comfort level in the kitchen. I use thighs or breasts to make this though the chicken thighs are cheaper. Personally, I prefer the thighs without the bones because they’re easier for our kids to cut up, though having chicken bones for stock is always a bonus.
For younger kids, have them mix up the breading for you in a deep bowl. You may end up transferring the bread crumb mixture to a shallow bowl for dunking the chicken, however, that’s easier than cleaning up bread crumbs on the counter and the floor. Yes, it is.
Older kids can make this recipe from start to finish with help putting the chicken dish into a hot oven. I freeze leftover bread crumb mixture in a quart freezer bag and label it For Chicken Only. Use this as an opportunity to teach kids about staying safe in the kitchen while handling meat.
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup romano or parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp each basil and oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 10 chicken thighs
- While heating the oven to 400°F, mix together bread crumbs, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper.
- Rinse the chicken thighs with water. Coat both sides with bread crumb mixture, patting into place. Place in single layer in 11 x 15 shallow baking dish.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is done (165°F).
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