Spicy Oven Fried Chicken

3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl, whisk buttermilk, hot sauce, mustard, garlic, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, flour, thyme, paprika, cayenne, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons of the oil; mix well. Remove chicken from marinade; place in seasoned bread crumb mixture. Turn to coat. Place chicken on a baking rack and let sit for 20 minutes so that the crumbs will adhere better.

Meanwhile, put remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven; heat oven to 400°F. After about 5 minutes, place chicken on heated baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes or until crispy, golden and baked through.

Makes: 4 servings

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