Magic Breadcrumbs

Magic breadcrumbs. Really. I mean it. Panko is magic breadcrumbs.

Panko, Japanese style breadcrumbs, are in a class all their own. From bread made while an electrical current passing through it, Panko is light and airy and resists absorbing oil. This makes it perfect not only for deep-frying, but it works great on this baked recipe.

I used thin sliced chicken breasts for this and even cut them in half width-wise to provide medallion sized pieces.

Photo Dec 12, 5 19 54 PM

These were light and tasty.

Photo Dec 12, 4 41 40 PM

A short list of ingredients.

Photo Dec 12, 4 49 44 PM

Making the mustard sauce.

Photo Dec 12, 4 50 46 PM


Photo Dec 12, 4 53 09 PM

Painting the chicken.

Photo Dec 12, 4 54 04 PM

Covered with breadcrumbs.

Photo Dec 12, 5 19 49 PM


Panko Mustard Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 12 mins | Makes: 4


  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard with seeds
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
  • 4 medium, skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, place shallot and 2 teaspoons butter. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir in mustard and tarragon.

In another small microwave-safe bowl, place remaining butter. Microwave on high until melted, 15 to 20 seconds. Stir in panko until mixed.

Arrange chicken breasts in 15×10 inch jelly roll pan; sprinkle with salt. Spread mustard mixture evenly over breasts. Top with panko mixture, patting gently to adhere. Bake in top third of oven until chicken loses its pink color throughout, 12 to 15 minutes.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Chicken, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at

7 Comments on “Magic Breadcrumbs”

  1. March 9, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Panko is a pantry staple!


  2. March 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Panko rules. We put it on our cheesy tater casserole instead of corn flakes now.


  3. March 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    So true. I use panko by default whenever a recipe says to use breadcrumbs.


  4. March 10, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    They are the best due to my corn allergy…they work great for meatballs too.


  5. triathlonobsession
    March 10, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I love how panko adds such a great texture—unfortunately it’s not gluten free so I can’t use in my kitchen!


  6. March 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Panko is great for breading, we love it in our kitchen too!


  7. March 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Okay, so, at first this looked like one of those recipes that was going to be too involved and messy, but after reading on I see I was so wrong! This is my kind of recipe — microwave this, microwave that, spread mustard and crumbs on top (rather than coating the whole piece with both and having goop and crumbs all over the counter and hands). Definitely worth a try!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: