One Recipe, Two Meals: Crispy Baked Chicken

Since the coating is the exact same for all the chicken, it's a definite timesaver on a weeknight. Holla. You'll serve the nuggets with some ketchup and steamed broccoli for the kids. And then you'll just drape your chicken over some super-quick lemony linguine for you. And all is right in the world.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)
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1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups panko 

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving 


2 eggs

2 pounds chicken breast, 1 pound cut into 1-inch cubes and the other pound cut in half lengthwise and pounded out thinly

1 cup broccoli, boiled or steamed

Ketchup, for serving

1/2 pound linguine

2 tablespoons butter

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

1 lemon, cut in half


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the flour in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine the panko, Italian seasoning, 1/3 cup Parmesan and a pinch of salt. In one more shallow dish, beat the eggs. 
  2. Set a shallow cooling rack in a baking sheet. Take each cube of chicken and lightly dredge it in the flour. Dip it in the egg wash, then roll it in the panko. Continue until all of the chicken cubes are coated in panko. Arrange on the cooling rack set in the baking sheet and bake, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  3. Serve these baked nuggets with a side of steamed broccoli and a little bit of ketchup for dipping! Your kids will freak out. 
  4. Now for your mature palate: Proceed with the pounded chicken, in the same fashion as the nuggets. First the flour, then the egg, then a good coating of the panko. Arrange the chicken on the rack on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown on both sides, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  5. Meanwhile, cook the linguine in a pot of salted water until it is al dente and drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of pasta water. Transfer the pasta back to the pot. Add the butter, parsley, juice from half the lemon, the reserved pasta water and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and give it all a good toss. 
  6. To dress it up a tad more, slice the remaining half lemon, then sear a few lemon slices in a small saute pan-so fancy. 
  7. Serve the baked chicken over the pasta and serve with extra Parmesan!
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