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How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Panko bread crumbs are a coarser, larger type of bread crumb than the more common kind, but there’s no appreciable difference in how they are used. Panko is the Japanese word for "bread crumbs," and what makes them different is that they are closer to being flakes than grains, which means that they absorb less oil. This makes for a crispier, lighter coating on dishes such as panko-breaded chicken. Baking panko-crusted chicken is yet another way to ensure that you are not adding unnecessary fat to your diet.

Step 1

How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Fill a shallow dish about 2/3 full with milk. It’s not necessary to beat an egg or an acid like vinegar into the milk to thicken it when baking bread-crumb-coated chicken because you won’t be turning it. The crumbs don’t have to adhere quite so tightly.

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Step 3

How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Fill a second shallow dish with panko bread crumbs. Use only about half of what you have. Panko breadcrumbs are fluffy and tend to clump after you’ve dragged a few pieces of wet, raw chicken through them. You’ll want some held in reserve to fluff them back up.

Step 4

How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Dip the chicken breasts in the milk, and then dredge them through the panko bread crumbs. Coat each piece completely. Lay them in the baking dish in a single layer as you go.

Step 5

How to Bake Panko Crusted Chicken
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Bake the panko-coated chicken for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bread crumbs are nicely brown and the chicken shows no pink in the center.

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