Baked Parmesan Paprika Chicken Thighs

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One of the things I love about chicken is it’s so versatile. Grill it, bake it, fry it or sauté it and it makes a delicious meal. Chicken can be used for American, Italian, Spanish, Asian or Middle Eastern dishes with equal ease. Oven bake parmesan paprika chicken thighs is one of my favorites.

Pioneer Dad believes a guy can never have too many great chicken recipes. This is one of my favorites. This is easy to prepare with most ingredients already in your pantry. It’s light enough for summer dining and flavorful enough for fall or winter meals when it is too cold for outdoor grilling.

Parmesan Paprika Chicken offers a wonderful spicy Parmesan flavor, great texture, moist and oh so easy to cook.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1. Ingredients

3 to 4 skinless boneless chicken thighs trimmed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese fresh if available
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg

2. Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Trim, rinse and pat dry 3-4 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  3. Grate 1/2 cup of fresh Parmesan. Fresh is better but pre-grated is all right, too.
  4. Prep a baking dish or pan. Line with aluminum foil for easy clean up, a rack to help crisp all sides and a good spray of olive oil or PAM. If you don’t have the rack, spray or oil the foil.
  5. Assemble up a dredge line with one egg whipped in pan one. In pan two add 1/4 cup of all purpose flour, 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tsp. paprika and 1/2 tsp. each of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Dip the chicken breast in the egg, coat well and shank off excess.
  6. Dip the chicken in the breading mixture and pat it on. Shake off the excess. Place on the prepared rack.
  7. Sprinkle extra topping on each thigh. Give them a light spray of olive oil or PAM. Bake until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Should take about 35 minutes.

3. Variations

Freshly chopped Italian parsley works well as a garnish.
This recipe works equally will with boneless and skinless chicken legs or breasts.
Gruyere can make a good substitute for Parmesan cheese for a different flavor.

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