Italian Style Bread Crumb Chicken With Lemon Pepper Beans
This recipe is a slight twist on breaded baked chicken. It uses Italian spices and bread crumbs without the flour and eggs. For a side dish I show you a different way to cook green beans with lemon and black pepper.
- Chicken Legs (thighs or breast meat can be used if desired)
- Bread Crumbs
- Olive Oil
- Garlic (Cloves and/or powdered)
- Green Beans (Fresh or frozen)
- Black Pepper (You can also purchase lemon pepper spice)
Lay chicken parts out in a large baking dish. Sprinkle with Oregano, Parsley and Basil. Turn chicken peaces. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken then sprinkle again with more Oregano, Parley and Basil.
Chop garlic clove into small pieces then spread over chicken. Add extra garlic powder if desired, then top each piece of chicken with bread crumbs.
Tear off enough foil wrap to cover the pan. Poke holes in the foil for venting and tuck ends under so the foil just lays over top of the pan and allows for steam to escape. This will help the chicken bake and not steam.
Bake at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 60 minutes or until fully cooked. Chicken will start to smell aromatic when it is close to being done.
Pour a family size bag of frozen green beans or fresh beans to fill half a regular size sauce pan and fill with water. Bring to a boil on high with lid on. Once it begins to boil lift lid, reduce heat until the beans simmer. Replace lid covering partially to allow steam to escape. Boil to desired tenderness.
Drain beans then replace in pan. Assemble spices in beans with pan off the heated burner. Throw in desired amount of butter or margarine, (Butter is better!) at least 2 tablespoons. Salt to desired taste. Then throw in black pepper, freshly grind if possible and add the juice of a quarter of a lemon. Stir and continue to season to taste.
Word of caution, the lemon taste gets stronger with time so add lemon sparingly at first. You can substitute with Lemon/Pepper spice if you have it. But I’ve recently found that adding fresh lemon and freshly ground black pepper tastes much better. But it still tastes good with the mixed store bought spice.
In a pinch you can substitute canned beans but remember, canned are mostly cooked so you will have to reduce the time they are boiled before draining. After draining just follow the recipe as if you were using fresh or frozen beans.