These chicken breasts are first dipped in savory garlic butter and coated with flavorful cheddar bread crumbs. Pounding them thin gives them a wonderful texture and allows the coating to fully wrap around each bite. This is a great recipe for kids that don't like thick or stringy chicken.
The cheddar infused crispy chicken has an Italian flair, so for a super easy meal, pair the chicken with spaghetti in a red sauce. Make extras because everyone will want seconds!
Garlic Butter 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 (175 degrees C).
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.
5. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
6. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
7. Bake 20 – 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
Health Benefits of Chicken
Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of chicken? Many people are growing increasingly food-conscious, wanting to know all about what goes into their food and what their food can do for them. We're going to tell you all about the best health benefits of chicken.
One of chicken's most well-known health benefits is that it is low in fat and high in protein. This makes it optimal for weight loss and muscle growth. The protein in chicken can also help promote bone health. The cheddar cheese in this recipe will add additional protein, but it will add a fair bit of fat as well. If you want to avoid this, simply use reduced fat cheddar.
Chicken is also high in a number of important nutrients, like niacin, vitamin B6, selenium, and phosphorous. The nutrients in chicken help support a number of bodily functions, including DNA synthesis, brain health, and fertility. If you're hoping to conceive soon, chicken is a good choice for dinner!
Finally, some research has shown a correlation between eating chicken and feeling more full. Feeling more full means that you'll be less likely to eat too much food. For those trying to lose or maintain weight, avoiding overeating is important. By making this chicken recipe, you'll help yourself avoid this nasty pitfall.
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