This chicken could just as well be called ‘illusion chicken,’ as the paprika spice blend tricks you into thinking the chicken is more brown than it is and only requires a minimal coat. This is a perfect recipe for busy nights as it goes in the oven without much fuss and cooks on a rack allowing the heat to circulate all angles. If you want to perform a magic trick for dinner, whip up this dish!
- ¾ cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- Sea salt and ground black pepper
- 8 pieces skinless chicken, best value is 4 whole chicken legs, skin removed, trimmed and cut into thighs and drumsticks
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons paprika, smoked or sweet
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Whisk together the yogurt, mustard, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and ¼ cup water in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Marinate 10 minutes to 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with the cooking spray.
- If you have a food processor, pulse the flour, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, paprika, thyme, baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to blend it into a seasoned coating. Place the mixture in a large sealable plastic bag. (if not using a food processor, you can also blend and coat right in a large bowl)
- Shaking off excess marinade, place one or two pieces of chicken at a time in the bag and shake to coat. Arrange the lightly coated chicken on the prepared rack. Spray the chicken pieces with the olive oil cooking spray.
- Bake the chicken 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown and no longer pink in the center.
Recipe and photo courtesy www.bariatriceating.com