Ingredients for 6 servings
¼ cup grated Parmesan
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
¾ cup dry bread crumbs
1 (3 ½-to 4-pound) chicken, cut up
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 ½ cups buttermilk
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons gin (optional)
Remove and discard the skin from the chicken. Combine the chicken, buttermilk, garlic, and gin in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
Heat oven to 400° F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
On a sheet of wax paper, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt, lemon zest, and thyme. Roll the chicken pieces in the coating and place on the baking sheet, bone-side down.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through, or until crispy and the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fork.