Middle-of-the-Night Fried Chicken

Serves 4

2 cups breadcrumbs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 chicken breast halves
2 chicken whole legs

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 450 degrees. Place breadcrumbs in a bowl and mix with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Leave oven on. Stir together mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cumin, and remaining salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush mayonnaise mixture all over chicken, then transfer chicken to bowl of crumbs to coat evenly on both sides, pressing crumbs to help them adhere. Bake chicken, skin sides up, in baking pan until well browned and cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Let chicken stand 5 to 10 minutes (do not cover).
(Louise Fiszer)