Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken

Here is a new take on the beloved Southern Fried Chicken. You may want to serve crispy chicken with anise carrots, string beans and herbed chicken stuffing. Assorted chicken pieces may also be used in place of the chicken-breast halves.

    4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (2 pounds)
    2 teaspoons chicken base
    teaspoon freshly ground four peppercorn blend
    teaspoon mild curry powder
    cup dried bread crumbs
    cup all-purpose flour
    teaspoon sweet paprika
    1 teaspoon garlic salt
    teaspoon poultry seasoning
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    cup butter, melted
    1 large egg yolk


1.  Preheat the oven to 350.

2.  Rinse chicken in cold salted water, pat dry. 
     Pound with a meat mallet to flatten.

3.  Place chicken in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.

4.  In a small bowl, mix the chicken base, pepper, curry powder,     
     dried bread crumbs, all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic salt,
     poultry seasoning, dried parsley and melted butter until
     crumbly. In a smaller bowl, beat the egg yolk and brush onto  
     the chicken with a pastry brush.

5.  Sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs over chicken.
 
6.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer
     registers 185
.

     Hint: Serve with string beans or Creamy Spinach.

     Makes 4 servings