BAKED ITALIAN-STYLE HERBED CHICKEN
4 to 6 servings
In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and water, blending well; set aside. In a second small bowl, combine mustard, chives, and basil, mixing well. With a pastry brush, evenly coat all sides of chicken pieces with mustard mixture.
Spread crumbs or crumbs/cheese mixture out on a sheet of wax paper or place in a zip-lock large plastic bag or deep small bowl. Roll mustard-coated chicken pieces in crumbs, coating each piece lightly.
Arrange chicken pieces in one layer (bone-side-down if using bone-in chicken pieces) in a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan or other shallow baking pan liberally coated with olive oil-flavored non-caloric vegetable cooking spray. Evenly drizzle olive oil mixture over chicken pieces.
Bake, uncovered, in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 30 minutes; season chicken pieces with salt and pepper, turn (over) chicken pieces, and continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken pieces are fork tender. Adjust seasoning of chicken pieces to taste. Lightly sprinkle chicken pieces with paprika. Garnish each serving with thin lemon slices, a sprig of fresh basil, and 2 to 3 spears fresh chives.