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Hebed-Crumbed Crispy Chicken with Saffron cream sauce

Here is a great dish that is not to time consuming, but one that can be made for 2 people or up the ingredients for 10. I will say now and repeat below as I do not want anyone to miss this, cook chicken until crisp and serve sauce on the side otherwise chicken will go soggy. I have poured sauce over for presentation and photo purposes. Everyone else that I served, I served it on a plate, with sauce in gravy jug, so that it could be poured to one side, on the plate or alternatively it can be served in individual dipping bowls. It is a great accompaniment with the chicken but as I have said, the chicken comes out so lovely and crisp, you want that crispness to be enjoyed throughout the whole meal.


Olive oil
4 Chicken breasts
plain flour
4 Medium eggs, beaten lightly
13/4-2 Cups Panko flakes (Japanese breadcrumbs I have never gone back to regular breadcrumbs after finding these, I love them, You can get them at most Asian grocery stores, but regular breadcrumbs are fine if you can’t find these, but do try they’re the best.)
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
11/2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon tarragon, finely chopped
1 Teaspoon garlic powder

Saffron Cream Sauce

15g Butter
1/2 Small onion, finely chopped
1 Clove garlic, crushed
pinch saffron powder
1 Teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
80ml Dry white wine
160ml Cream
90ml Milk
1 Teaspoon cornflour
1 Small tomato, peeled, seeded and diced


1. Pound each chicken breast so that they are approximately all the same thickness.

2. In a medium bowl combine breadcrumbs, chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon.

3. Toss chicken in flour to coat, shake off any excess and dip into eggs and then into breadcrumb/herb mixture, coat well. Repeat with remaining breasts cover and refrigerate about 20-30 Min’s.

4. Heat a couple of tablespoons olive oil in a large pan (Note: you may have to add extra during cooking as the breadcrumb mixture absorbs quite a lot.) Add chicken and cook until browned and crisp on both sides and cooked all the way through.

5. It is hard to give an exact time per side as breasts vary in thickness, therefore cooking times will vary. If you think that the chicken is not cooked all the way through, but the outside will get too crispy if left on, just turn the heat down and continue cooking until done turning chicken occasionally.

Cream Sauce

1. Heat butter in a pan, add onion and garlic, cook until soft

2. Add wine and saffron, simmer uncovered a few minutes to reduce slightly

3. Add stock, milk, cream, add a little water to cornflour mix and add to sauce. Stir until mixture boils and thickens, stir in tomato.

To serve. Place chicken on plate with the sauce in a gravy jug or individual dipping bowls. As stated above you do not want to pour sauce directly over chicken just on the plate to one side, as the outside of chicken will go soggy, and you want to be able to enjoy the crunchy coating throughout the entire meal.

I served this with garlic buttered spinach and mash, but it also pairs well with rice.

All photo’s taken by me unless otherwise stated.