Turn up your chicken by a notch—or a few—by coating it in a panko breadcrumbs and giving it a drizzle of sweet ‘n’ spicy hot honey. This preparation is like the happy middle ground between plain white meat and deep-fried indulgence—it’s still got all the crispy texture you love, but without loads of oil. The sides also hit that in-the-middle spot between simplicity and deliciousness: easy roasted carrots with warm carrots and silky smooth mashed potatoes with chives.
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Adjust rack to upper position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. (TIP: For crispier carrots, leave a foil-lined baking sheet inside the oven while it preheats.) Wash and dry all produce. Peel carrots, then halve lengthwise. Cut into 3-inch-long pieces. Dice potatoes into ½-inch pieces. Thinly slice chives.
Place potatoes in a medium pot with enough salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain and return potatoes to pot.
Meanwhile, toss carrots with a drizzle of oil, 1 tsp Fry Seasoning, and a big pinch of salt and pepper on a foil-lined baking sheet (or the one that you preheated). Roast, tossing halfway through, until lightly browned and tender, 15-20 minutes.
Combine panko with remaining Fry Seasoning and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season all over with salt and pepper. Brush chicken all over with half the sour cream. Working one piece at a time, coat chicken all over with panko mixture, pressing to adhere.
Heat a ¼-inch layer of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until panko is golden brown and meat is cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside. To pot with potatoes, add remaining sour cream, 2 TBSP butter, and half the chives. Mash, adding reserved cooking water if needed, until creamy and smooth.
Divide chicken, carrots, and potatoes between plates. Drizzle hot honey over chicken (or serve it on the side for dipping). Sprinkle remaining chives onto potatoes.