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You Can Accomplish This Before Your Effing Head Explodes: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Yesterday morning, I was gathering up the information for our attorney when I glanced up and noticed a commercial on the television.  I’m not sure what the advertisement was for, but it involved topping chicken with cheese.

This was excellent timing for us since my calendar read “chicken something” as that night’s scheduled dinner idea.  I’m soooo efficient.

Yeah.  Make some parmesan crusted chicken!  We seldom eat anything like that and it seemed to me that chicken coated in crispy parmesan might really entice the kid to chow down.

It turned out really good and it was really EASY.

Here’s How:

1.  I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 decent sized ones).  I cut the breasts in halves or thirds – depending on how large they were – so they would cook more quickly in the oven.

2.  While I was gathering ingredients and prepping the chicken breasts, I set the oven to heat to 350.

3.  I placed the chicken on a foil lined rimmed baking tray and placed another piece of foil lightly over them and put them in the oven.  (TIP:  make sure your chicken pieces are all similar size.  This will help them all cook at the same rate).

4.  While they were cooking I took a block of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and shredded a very generous cup of it.  (Note:  This is a decent amount of pretty pricey cheese for this recipe but I always shred a little extra while I’m at it.  It’s Mac’s favorite cheese and I often offer it sprinkled on his vegetables or as part of a snack with nuts and apples or grapes.)

5.  I took a shower and started laundry.  So. . .let the chicken cook for about 30 minutes depending on how big/thick the pieces are.

6.  Remove the chicken from the oven.  And crank the oven up to about 400.

7.  Slather the top of each piece with some mayonnaise.  (It sounds gross but TRUST me).  You don’t need massive globs of the stuff – just a thin, even layer on each piece of chicken.

8.  Sprinkle the chicken with the cheese and some bread crumbs.

9.  Place the chicken back in the oven until the topping looks brown and crispy.

I served ours with salad.  Husband gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.  The kid seemed to prefer his carrots but he did eat some chicken. . .which he doesn’t typically love.  So winner, winner, chicken dinner (ugh).

Meanwhile, I didn’t salt, pepper or otherwise oil or season the chicken before cooking.  The cheese has a pretty salty flavor.   So for our tastes, the toppings added plenty of flavor without extra salt or oil.

Also?  If you need a recipe that is well, more like an actual recipe, I’ll bet if you search the Internet, you’ll find a bunch. . .I’m certainly not the first person to think of this one.

Another poor cell phone pic of food. . .Let's face it, I'm NEVER dragging out the good camera at dinner time.

Another poor cell phone pic of food. . .Let’s face it, I’m NEVER dragging out the good camera at dinner time.