Pan Fried Italian Chicken

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Looking for a pan seared chicken recipes or easy fried chicken recipes? Thank you to Mary at the "Barefeet in the Kitchen" recipe blog for sharing this pan fried Italian chicken thigh recipe with us. Mary boasts cooking as simply as possible and having an archive of over 1000 recipes created from scratch. If this pan fried Italian chicken thigh recipe is any indication of what this recipe blog has to offer, then you are in for a treat. An appealing feature Mary offers is the peek into my pantry option which can prove to be very helpful for those who may not often keep a lot of necessary staples on hand in the kitchen, or are in need of help creating a shopping list. The recipe collection section provides weekly meal plan recipe options, event recipes or holiday specific meals and even ingredient specific options.

This delicious and savory Italian easy fried chicken suggests the accompaniment of a classic potato salad recipe, an Italian herb rice recipe, or a rosemary roasted potato recipe, all of which have available links included. Another option to pair with this easy fried chicken, if you are looking for less starch in your diet could be a fresh grilled vegetable medley recipe. Cut up some colored peppers and red onions in large chunks with some sliced green and yellow zucchini (or any vegetables you have on hand in the fridge) toss with olive oil, shake salt and pepper and the same spices used on the chicken thighs on top and grill in the oven. Grilled veggies will offer an additional light and healthy side dish for this Italian easy fried chicken recipe.

Pan-frying is an excellent way to acquire a crispy golden skin, which is agreeably the best part of the chicken and holds most of the flavor, however, can take a long time to cook and as Mary mentions, waiting is the hardest part of the easy fried chicken recipe. If you do not have that much time after a long day at work and are now juggling homework, dinner, bath time and getting the kids off to bed, here is a suggestion for a shorter cooking time and optimal flavor and crispiness. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees and in a cast iron pan with a little oil, place the chicken skin down in the pan just as the easy fried chicken recipe mentions, this time cooking on the stove for about 3 minutes. Take the pan and place in the oven for only 15-20 minutes, turning the thighs over for the last 3-5 minutes. Cooking it at a higher heat for less time you manage to keep more of the juices in, and using cast iron holds the heat in more, assisting with that. Crispy, juicy, flavorful chicken in half the time. If time is not of your concern, but a healthier option is, there is always the possibility of baking the chicken in the oven for a full 45 minutes. A less crispy variation of course but not frying in oil will help cut the fat. Whichever way you choose to prepare it the combination of herbs provides a delicious flavor in this Italian easy fried chicken recipe. While on the blog site, be sure to check out the appealing dessert recipes as well as Mary's information on kitchen tips and some interesting drink recipes.*

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