Monday, April 2, 2012

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Remember that Watermelon Feta Salad I told you about? 
...that was oh, so scrumptious and refreshing?

Well, it was paired with a yummy, crispy, crunchy, juicy chicken recipe that makes me question what culinary wonder made it. That not-so-culinary-wonder (more really-good-recipe-follower) was me! WHAT?!?! I generally avoid dishes that are just meat and usually gravitate more towards dishes that have meat mixed in. Rice, pasta, salads, etc. I think it has to do with growing up eating well done (dry) meat dishes that I thought I didn't like. Turns out I like my red meat prepared medium, and chicken can actually be made juicy! When I first made this, it was so juicy that I thought it was under-cooked. Hubby happily informed me that I had actually made it perfect!

Super yummy, and super easy! Dipped in garlic butter, coated in our favorite 7-year cheddar, and juicy and crunchy like it came from your favorite fried chicken place. The best part: It's baked, not fried! Oh, happy day!

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded thin

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • 2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and cook the garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.

  • 3. In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt.

  • 4. Dip each chicken breast in the garlic butter to coat, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.

  • 5. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

...extra makes good sandwiches the next day.

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