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Crispy Southern Fried Chicken

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Perfect picnic food, this crispy Southern chicken recipe gives you all the flavor without the high fat of traditional fried chicken. A delicious marinade keeps the chicken tender and juicy.



  • 1 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp trans fat free margarine, melted
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs


  • In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, thyme, garlic, paprika, cayenne and salt and mix well. Add the chicken and coat it with the mixture. Marinate the chicken, covered and refrigerated, for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Lightly coat a shallow roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a shallow dish, combine the margarine and bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken in the bread crumbs, shaking off the excess. Transfer the coated chicken pieces to the pan.
  • Bake chicken breasts for 25 minutes and thighs for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ozs chicken

Per Serving: Calories: 256, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 462mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 35g

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Date Last Reviewed: July 3, 2017

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