"Maryland" Baked Chicken

I think my ex-wife, who was from an old Maryland farm family, used to call this version of baked chicken "Maryland Fried Chicken," although it was never fried.  This recipe was from her mother.   It's so easy to make that it's one of our staple "chicken" dishes.  And it's easily scaled to serve larger numbers of people with very little addition effort.

Recipe

  • 3 full sized chicken breasts, skinned and quartered.

  • ~1/2 cup flour

  • ~1/2 teaspoon salt

  • ~1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • ~1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Shake chicken pieces in a plastic or paper bag with flour, salt and pepper.  In a shallow dish, beat egg with milk.  Dip floured chicken pieces in egg, then coat well with bread crumbs.  Place in a shallow baking pan.

Bake at 400F until tender (about 30 minutes).  Baste several times with butter.

I sometimes pour Cream Sauce over the chicken before serving.  But the chicken is good without it.

Serves 3-4