Crispy Chicken again

I made The Pioneer Woman’s Crispy Yogurt Chicken a while ago and it didn’t turn out crispy. Tasty? Yes. Crisy? Not at all. The coating was pretty mushy actually. I was determined to make it work though because I had heard so many good things about this chicken.

I saw this recipe come through my Google Reader and I thought it might be the answer to my hopes about the crispy chicken. Just to be safe, I also used chicken legs with the skin on instead of skinless breasts. And all the hard work paid off. This chicken was perfectly crispy and as tasty as the previous mushy incarnation. I’ll definitely make this again.

Crispy Chicken – adapted from PW and Mrs Sac’s Purple Kitchen
Chicken parts of your choice – I used legs with the skin on
1-2 cups fat free plain yogurt – I used Fat Free Greek yogurt
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
Lots of cilantrojuice of one lemon
2 cups of Rice Krispies or something rice based and puffy – I used Rice Krispies
1 cup bread crumbs – I used panko bread crumbs
Salt & Pepper
Cayenne Pepper – I omitted

Mix the yogurt, garlic, cilantro, and lemon together and toss your chicken with it to get it all coated. Let marinate for several hours (but if you have no time, you can skip the marinating and just move on to breading).

Crush the cereal in a food processor or blender (I just threw them in a plastic bag and crushed with my hands). When you have crumbs, add the bread crumbs and season with salt, pepper & cayenne to taste. If you’re out of cereal or crumbs, you can use all of one or the other, but the combo is nice and I really love the texture of the cereal in the final product so I’d be more inclined to use all cereal.

Roll the chicken in the coating and get a good thick coating on each piece. Place the pieces on a baking sheet lined with foil. ISpray your regular foil with cooking spray. Spray the tops of the chicken lightly with cooking spray or an olive oil mister.

Bake at 350 until cooked through and the coating is browned and crisp, about an hour for bone-in pieces, 30-45 minutes for boneless.

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8 Responses to “Cilantro Chicken Burgers”

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    Jenny — March 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning to make these tonight! They sound so good!

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    Momma Bean — March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love anything with cilantro in it! Thanks!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    WOW, what a great combo! I will definitely be trying these some time soon!

    Check me out!

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    yumventures — March 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I love Cara’s blog too! These look delish, I love the drunken peppers too!

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    Cara — March 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, the drunken peppers sound like such a nice touch! These could easily evolve into Cuervo & Carona burgers – catchy, right?!

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    Suzi — March 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    These look really yummy! You mentioned tequila but it doesn’t appear in the recipe… I definitely want to try these, but I need to know how much tequila to use because, well, not having tequila is not a problem in my house, haha!

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    Jen — March 28, 2010 at 4:01 am


    The original recipe from Cara’s blog uses Tequila. I didn’t have any in the house, so the recipe I posted is the adaptation that I made instead. Click here to see Cara’s original version.

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    aimeeher — April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I was just wondering if it mattered what type of oatmeal we used in the recipe. Instant, slow cooking?

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