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Jamie Oliver’s Crispy Golden Chicken Is Perfect for a Weeknight Dinner


Crispy Golden Chicken




  • 2 x 5¼-oz skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 slices of smoked bacon
  • 1 oz sourdough breadcrumbs
  • ½ a ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • Hot chili sauce, to serve


Lightly score the chicken breasts on one side, then place between two sheets of parchment paper and bash and flatten to ½ -inch thick with a rolling pin, or the bottom of a pan. Rub all over with sea salt and black pepper, and half the lemon juice. Put the flour on a plate and gently turn the chicken in it to coat. Finely chop the bacon. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the chicken and bacon to get golden for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken, stir the breadcrumbs into the bacon and cook for 3 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the crumbs are golden.

At the same time, peel the avocado, scoop the flesh into a pestle and mortar, then smash up until smooth. Muddle in the yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice, and season to perfection. Spoon over your plates or a platter, sit the chicken on top and sprinkle over the crunchy bacon breadcrumbs. Drizzle erratically with chili sauce, and serve with lemon wedges, for squeezing over.

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Excerpted 7 WAYS by Jamie Oliver. Copyright © 2020 by Jamie Oliver. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Photography by Levon Biss.

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