I was first introduced to Panko bread crumbs when my church had a missionary from Japan visit. We had a potluck dinner with each family bringing traditional Japanese cuisine. I picked up the Panko Chicken recipe and that is when my family fell in love with Panko! Oddly enough, MyBlogSpark offered a product review of General Mill’s Progresso brand Panko bread crumbs.
What are Panko Bread Crumbs?
When I first picked up that recipe, I asked What are panko bread crumbs and will I find panko at my local grocery store?? Panko bread crumbs are large, flaky crumbs that are coarser in texture compared to traditional bread crumbs. Panko gives you a lighter, crunchier coating or topping. It is a secret that Japanese cuisine has kept for creating the perfect crispiness to any dish. Who knew? Plus, I was able to find a variety of Panko bread crumbs at my local grocery store by Progresso including original, Italian, and Lemon Pepper.
Hands-On Review of Progresso Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
I was thrilled to review another flavor of Progresso’s Panko crispy bread crumbs and was pleasantly surprised at the Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Recipe Book. This book is a beautiful hard bound coffee table type book. This books takes you on a culinary journey of bold Italian flavors found in California’s Wine Country. I’ve enjoyed just reading through the book filled with commentaries, lovely photos, and mouth-watering recipes. I’m inspired by Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Recipe Book.
On with the Panko! I actually had one gentleman from church tell me that my Panko Chicken was the best dish at the potluck. I know it is because I used the delicious Italian flavor Panko crumbs. My kids loved the chicken as well and now request “the good chicken” for dinner.
For this review, I used the Lemon Pepper Panko bread crumbs with the recipe I used at the potluck. I would also recommend using a fish like salmon.
Okay, so you may have noticed that my daughter is tenderizing the chicken on a glass cutting board. I always use glass when cutting chicken for best cleaning. Once my 5 year old son saw her helping, he wanted a turn at the bat. Well, he is quite strong you see 😉 and when he was beating the chicken his muscles had no mercy and the cutting board broke! Thankfully nobody got hurt! The entire recipe contents were thrown away and we started over! I learned my lesson with glass cutting boards!
You can check out my full Japanese Panko Chicken Recipe here. The final results were delicious. The lemon pepper flavor was actually quite nice with chicken, I can’t wait to try it with Salmon! The panko bread crumbs made this the crispiest chicken I’ve ever made. It was so easy to use and my family loved it.
Chef Michael Chiarello
Chef Michael Chiarello is an Emmy-award winning TV chef (The Cooking Channel and Top Chef Masters) and cookbook author, Chef Chiarello and uses Panko for the crispiest of dishes.
“Panko has been a major part of some of my best crunchy dishes for years,” says Chef Chiarello. “It’s exciting to bring those dishes home, where some of the best dining memories are made. To me that’s what cooking is all about – sharing meals with your friends and family, and the memories you get to keep for a lifetime.”
You too can make flavorful recipes with Panko. Check out some of the chef’s recipes here. One recipe that I must try is the Mama Chiarello’s Stuffed Eggplant pictured below. It looks so yummy! Don’t worry, not all Panko recipes are fried either.
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