Frying locks in the food’s natural juices and gives you a satisfying, crunchy bite. Unfortunately, the frying process loads your food down with bad fats, even if you drain the items on paper towels. If you can’t live without the crunch of fried foods but do want to ditch the unwanted calories, opt for oven frying. This technique takes a little longer but you won’t have to linger over a hot stove and the end result will be healthier fare for you and your family.
Gather the Ingredients
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt or seasoned salt
- Large zippered storage bag
- Thick, plain yogurt
- Baking pan
- Cooking spray
Measure the bread crumbs and pour them in a large zippered bag. (If you plan to cook food with an Italian flavor, use Italian bread crumbs.) If making 6 to 8 portions use the full amount of bread crumbs. For smaller batches, you only need 1 cup of crumbs. Sprinkle in the flour, garlic and salt.
Zip the bag and give it a few good shakes to mix the ingredients. Want a little more zing? Sprinkle in Cajun seasoning or add hot sauce to the yogurt. You could also sprinkle in oregano, thyme or basil flakes.
Turn the oven on 350 F. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray.
Place ½ cup of yogurt into the bowl. Rinse the meat or vegetables and pat them dry. Place each piece in the bowl, one at a time. Roll the food in the yogurt. Now place the coated food in the bag and close it. Give the food a shake.
Put the food on the baking sheet and place it in the oven. Flip the food every 15 to 20 minutes until it is cooked thoroughly.
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