Food & Drink

Panko is just so hip

Google the name panko and up pop recipes by Ming Tsai, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown and Bobby Flay.

Why would celebrity chefs settle for crumbs? Not only do the snowy flakes of this Japanese-style breading form a crisp, light crust when baked or fried, panko also has half the fat, calories and sodium of regular bread crumbs.

If you want to pull out all the stops, add a sprinkling of coconut to the breading in the recipe below for panko-crusted chicken with rum-raisin sauce. Just don't skimp on the raisins, which are high in energy, low in fat and rich in iron.

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