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Playing Baked Devil's Chicken

This is a crispy, spicy chicken that can be served hot but like traditional fried chicken, I think it’s best room temperature or cold the next day. This chicken is addictive and wonderful for picnics and potlucks.


For the Citrus Slaw:
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons acacia honey
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 head white or Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced or shaved on a mandolin
  • 5 to 6 radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced or shaved on a mandolin
  • 4 blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges or grapefruits, supremed*
For the Chicken:
  • For the chicken:
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • About 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated, finely chopped or pasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • 6 to 8 pieces quartered bone-in, skin-on chicken from small, 2- to 3-pound chickens (1 1/2 or 2 birds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups panegratto (fine breadcrumbs)
  • About 1/2 cup panko or homemade breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • About 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepperoncino (red pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted


Serves: 6-8 servings


For the citrus slaw, whisk together lemon juice, honey and olive oil in a shallow serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To the serving bowl, add cabbage, fennel, radishes, onion and citrus surpremes. Toss to coat with dressing and season to taste.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine mustard, EVOO, garlic and herbs.

Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Slather the chicken with Dijon mixture.  
Combine breadcrumbs and panko with cheese, red pepper, paprika, nutmeg and melted butter.
Coat the chicken pieces liberally with the breadcrumbs, pressing them on to adhere.  Arrange chicken on a wire rack set into a rimmed baking sheet. Bake about 2 hours until deeply crispy, golden and cooked through.