It’s a pleasant day when Pleasantville Chicken is on the table! The chicken is crispy, savory, succulent, and wonderfully golden. And then that beautiful chicken is served with sweet, sunny grape tomatoes in a tangy bacon sauce! Oh yes, Pleasantville Chicken makes every dinner a pleasant affair! Dig in!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 4 bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a rack and place it in a 15×10-inch baking pan.

Step 3 –In a shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of the thyme, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.

Step 4 –In a separate shallow bowl, add the flour.

Step 5 –In a third shallow bowl, add the beaten egg.

Step 6 –Dip the chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess.

Step 7 –Dip the flour-coated chicken in the egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture, patting to help the coating adhere.

Step 8 –Place the dredged chicken on the prepared rack on the baking pan and bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

Step 9 –In a large skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and cook, while stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes.

Step 10 –Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.

Step 11 –Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan, discarding the remaining drippings.

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Step 12 –Add the tomatoes, the red wine vinegar, the brown sugar, the remaining salt, and the remaining pepper to the drippings and cook, while stirring, until the tomatoes are tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 13 –Stir in the cooked bacon and the remaining thyme.

Step 14 –Serve the tomatoes with the chicken.