Paprika Panko Crusted Chicken Thighs

I really REALLY loved this chicken recipe that I found on Cooking Light Done Right.  Not only was it super quick and easy to make it tasted fantastic.  The chicken thighs turned out very crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside.  I served this crispy chicken with the Italian Salad with the Fresh Basil Vinaigrette and a very tasty orzo side dish I will post soon.  It was a wonderful meal the whole family enjoyed.  I re-heated the leftover chicken in the oven for lunch the following day then tossed it with the leftover Italian salad and drizzled it the the fresh basil vinaigrette and it tasted fantastic!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with tin foil then place two (oven safe) cooling racks on the baking sheet.  This will help the chicken “air bake” which means the thighs cook evenly and will allow the chicken to be crispy on all sides.

Pour the buttermilk into a dish.  In another dish, combine the panko, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix until well combined.  Dip the chicken into the buttermilk then dip into the panko crumb mixture until evenly coated.  Place the coated chicken onto the baking rack lined baking sheet; repeat with the remaining chicken thighs.  Season the top of the crusted chicken thighs with a little more sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then spray with cooking spray.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until 170 degrees and the juices run clear.  Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy.

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Paprika Panko Crusted Chicken Thighs

Yield: 5-6

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 25-30 min.

Total Time: 35-40 min.

Ingredients:

5 chicken thighs
2/3 cup of low fat buttermilk
1 1/2 cups of panko crumbs
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then place two (oven safe) cooling racks on the baking sheet. This will help the chicken "air bake" which means the thighs cook evenly and will allow the chicken to be crispy on all sides.

Pour the buttermilk into a dish. In another dish, combine the panko, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix until well combined. Dip the chicken into the buttermilk then dip into the panko crumb mixture until evenly coated. Place the coated chicken onto the baking rack lined baking sheet; repeat with the remaining chicken thighs. Season the top of the crusted chicken thighs with a little more sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then spray with cooking spray.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until 170 degrees and the juices run clear. Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light Done Right