Crispy Panko Chicken with Garlic Smashed Potatoes & Peppers

Tender chicken is seasoned with tangy Dijon mustard and coated in panko breadcrumbs for a crispy, crunchy main dish. It's paired with garlicky smashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort meal.

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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
50 min


  • 1 lb baby redskin potatoes, scrubbed well

  • 4 whole plus 2 chopped cloves garlic, divided

  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme, divided

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, as desired

  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 4 3-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs

  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion

  • 1½ red, yellow and/or green bell peppers, sliced


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a roasting pan, toss potatoes, 4 whole cloves garlic, half of thyme, 2 tsp oil, salt and black pepper. Roast on lower oven rack, stirring halfway, until potatoes are tender and beginning to brown, about 45 minutes. 

2. About 30 minutes before potatoes are done, spread Dijon on all sides of chicken and season with black pepper. 

3. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread panko. Bake on center oven rack, stirring halfway, until golden, about 5 minutes. Press all sides of chicken into panko. Arrange chicken on sheet and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. 

4. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat remaining 1 tsp oil on medium. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add bell peppers and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add remaining thyme and 2 chopped cloves garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add ¼ cup water, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes. 

5. Meanwhile, strip leaves from thyme in roasting pan and sprinkle over potatoes, discarding stems. Transfer potato mixture to a large bowl and roughly mash with a potato masher. Serve chicken with smashed potatoes and bell pepper mixture.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 oz chicken, 2/3 cup potatoes, ½ cup bell pepper mixture
  • Calories 287
  • Carbohydrate Content 35 g
  • Cholesterol Content 49 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 25 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 228 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g