Chicken is one of the most popular kinds of meat out there, and we’re always on the lookout for incredible and delicious ways to serve it. It’s the perfect ‘blank canvas’ to get creative with.
This is why today we are presenting this delicious Herb Crusted Chicken recipe from the famed Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse.
They are well-known for their incredible Southern-inspired dishes and serve the most delicious high-quality meats in some of the biggest portions you’ve ever seen.
With its eclectic array of herbs providing a complex and rich flavor, now you can enjoy a little bit of that laid-back southern cooking from home with this easy-to-make chicken dish.
How to make Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken
This dish is cooked with an assortment of seasonings and herb finishes. While there are a lot used in the recipe, there’s also a tremendous amount of space for you to substitute or add your own based on your preference.
The key to this dish is finishing it off in the oven to really cement all the herbs and spices to give it that perfect outer crust.
- 4 plain chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup of freshly chopped thyme
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of freshly chopped rosemary
- 1/4 cup of freshly chopped sage
We have to cook this recipe in two stages, the first is the base seasoning and flouring that will develop that wonderful crusty outer layer. After that, we will add the herbs and spices and bake them in the oven to blend everything together.
The key here is to cook fairly hot and fast to keep the chicken as moist and tender as possible.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
While the oven is heating we can prepare the chicken. Cut them to the desired size, or alternatively just leave them whole, as we will be finishing them off in the oven and they will be fully cooked through by the end.
In a bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, salt and mix them so all the seasonings are evenly distributed.
Coat the chicken in the flour and seasoning mixture, ensure it’s completely covered, then set aside on a plate.
Using a large skillet heat the olive oil on medium-high heat.
Once up to temperature, fry the chicken/flour combination for 3 minutes per side, the color should be a nice golden brown.
Once fried, cover the chicken with chopped parsley, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 10 more minutes to ensure the center is adequately cooked.
This also cooks the herbs and combines them with the outer crust to give that delicious texture and finish. Enjoy your delicious Herb Crusted Chicken!
Texas Roadhouse has developed this specific herb and spice combination for their restaurants.
But there is no hard and fast rule you need to stick to, as there are plenty of opportunities to exchange or add additional herbs and spices to get playful with the dish’s flavor.
Before we get into the various seasoning and herb substitutions, let’s talk about the main ingredient, chicken.
If for any reason you don’t want to make this meal with chicken, you can use one of the most well-known chicken substitute in the world, which is tofu.
It’s a brilliant vegetarian alternative that will fry up just as well as chicken does. If you can, get ‘extra firm’ tofu which has a lower water content than regular tofu and has the closest texture to real chicken.
2. Garlic juice
This works as a good alternative to the garlic powder, but instead of adding it to our flour mixture, we will instead rub it over the chicken before we coat it in the dry flour/seasonings.
This provides the additional benefit of giving the chicken a little more moisture which will help it pick up even more flour than normal. Resulting in an even thicker and crispier crust.
Any of the four herbs we have mentioned in this recipe can easily be substituted with oregano, it won’t overpower the flavor and is really handy if you find yourself missing a key herb or spice from the ingredient list.
What to serve with Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken
Taking inspiration from Texas Roadhouse themselves, there are a lot of great sides you can order alongside your chicken which will really round out the package.
Whether you’re looking to bulk up the dish or make it more healthy with a salad, there’s an option for you.
What’s even better is it’s all easy to make at home.
A perfect addition to your Herb Crusted Chicken.
Rice is a good choice if you need some carbohydrates to round off your meal. Cooked with a little soy sauce and various seasonings.
Because of the range of thick, heavy steaks served at Texas Roadhouse, a popular accompaniment is often just a simple bowl of fresh vegetables. This can include broccoli, carrot, and some sliced bell pepper.
How to reheat Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken
If you’ve found yourself with leftovers that you can’t finish right away, don’t worry! It’s fairly easy to both store and reheat fried chicken for a later date.
How to reheat Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken in a pot
To reheat in a pot/pan we are essentially going to re-fry it.
Fill an adequately sized pan with oil and bring it up to temperature using medium-high heat.
Cook the chicken in the oil for 2-3 minutes, and then flip. We are both bringing the middle of the chicken back up to temperature while ensuring the outside is refried to be nice and crispy.
How to reheat Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken in a microwave
Without any refrying involved we run the risk of making the outer crust of the chicken very soggy and unappealing while making the chicken itself dry and tough.
To get around this we will place a paper towel over the chicken before microwaving, this will assist in managing the water content, ensuring it stays as delicious as possible.
How to reheat Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken in the oven
The key here is to take the chicken out of the refrigerator 20-30 minutes before cooking, by allowing it to bake from room temperature instead of cold we reduce our cooking time, thus preserving the taste/texture of the chicken.
Heat the oven to 400°F and, depending on the thickness of the chicken it should take 12 to 20 minutes to come up to temperature.
How to reheat Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken in an air fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 375°F and place the fried chicken in the basket, you can also coat the chicken very lightly in oil to help it re-fry.
Cook for 4 minutes, removing the basked and shaking halfway through to ensure it cooks all over and evenly.
How to store Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken
To ensure that we are getting the longest shelf life possible out of the fried chicken without it becoming tough, dry, and turning the outer layer soggy, we need to store it correctly.
Store in the fridge
Let the fried chicken cool to room temperature, and then place it in an airtight container.
Alternatively, you can also wrap it in aluminum foil or even plastic wrap, the main thing is just to make sure it’s not exposed to air.
Once refrigerated it can be stored for 3-4 days.
Store in the freezer
It is perfectly safe to freeze fried chicken that is already cooked, simply place it in a freezer bag and freeze. It can be stored for up to 4 months using this method.
Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken Recipe
- 1 Skillet
- 1 Oven
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped thyme
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped rosemary
- 1/4 cup reshly chopped sage
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- While the oven is heating we can prepare the chicken. Cut them to the desired size, or alternatively just leave them whole, as we will be finishing them off in the oven and they will be fully cooked through by the end.
- In a bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, salt and mix them so all the seasonings are evenly distributed.
- Coat the chicken in the flour and seasoning mixture, ensure it’s completely covered, then set aside on a plate.
- Using a large skillet heat the olive oil on medium-high heat.
- Once up to temperature, fry the chicken/flour combination for 3 minutes per side, the color should be a nice golden brown.
- Once fried, cover the chicken with chopped parsley, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
- Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 10 more minutes to ensure the center is adequately cooked. This also cooks the herbs and combines them with the outer crust to give that delicious texture and finish. Enjoy your delicious Herb Crusted Chicken!