Thursday, January 3, 2013

Crunchy Parmesan Baked Chicken

One of our favorite shows to watch is The Food Nanny. It's on BYU TV, and the whole point of the show is that Liz Edmunds, The Food Nanny, goes to people's homes to help them learn how to have dinner as a family. I knew I had to have her cookbook, which is super amazing. This is a recipe that I found in her cookbook, and it's our family's favorite way to make chicken. We have a daughter that will not touch breaded chicken of any kind, except for this recipe. You should make it, you won't regret it!

Crunchy Parmesan Baked Chicken
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner page 40

2/3 cup buttermilk or buttermilk ranch dressing
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 pounds chicken breast tenders
1/3 cup butter

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. 

Pour buttermilk or dressing into a dish that is wide and shallow so you can dip the chicken in easily. Mix together the panko, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt in another wide shallow dish.

Roll each chicken piece first into the buttermilk or dressing and then into the panko mixture to coat the pieces evenly.

Place chicken into prepared baking dish. Melt the butter in a glass measuring cup (this helps with pouring) in the microwave. Then pour butter over the chicken. 

Bake for about 30 minutes. With chicken, the whole goal is that the inside of the chicken is no longer pink when it's done. You can sprinkle with salt if you feel the chicken needs extra flavor. 

I love this chicken, I've served it as is with potatoes or rice. I've used it in Chinese dishes like sweet and sour where you want a breaded chicken. It's also really yummy to dip this chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce. However you serve it, you'd better make a lot! This chicken gets eaten quickly!

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