Thursday, March 4, 2010

Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan-Garlic crust

Very easy and delicious dinner tonight. I got the recipe from Cook's Country. I did make fresh bread crumbs, and I do think that makes a big difference. I also used a crusty baguette for the crumbs. I'm sure in a pinch, you could use regular bread crumbs. The garlic and cheese really adds a lot of flavor! Something tasty for mid-week dinner.

Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan Garlic Crust

  • 1 cup bread crumbs, preferably fresh (see note)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl.
Pat chicken dry with paper towels and transfer to 9×13-inch baking dish. Combine basil and mayonnaise in small bowl and spread mixture evenly over chicken. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over mayonnaise, pressing lightly to adhere.
Bake until crumbs are golden brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees, 18-22 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Note: To make fresh bread crumbs, process 2 slices of hearty white sandwich bread in a food processor until coarsely ground.

*I used Dijonnaise in place of the mayonnaise. Added a little more zing!




  1. OMG this looks delicious, I am starving!!! I hear the weather is improving in the East, that is great!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

  2. Oh, oh I shouldn't have stopped here before I went to bed. Now I'm craving this!! xo

  3. Hey Pilgrim, how goes the horoscope? ;) Thank goodness you posted this. I bought some chicken breasts today but decided I was too lazy to cook tonight and I was feeling very uncreative so now I know what is on the table for Friday. Have a great weekend if I don't 'talk' to you before then. :) xoxo

  4. yummy rhonda....omg I'm hungry thanks for the recipe!

  5. Rhonda, I could eat chicken breast every day, and am going to try this recipe, looks so good!

  6. Yum...My mother-in-law is here and I will be making these for sure this week! Good thing you told us dummies how to do the fresh breadcrumbs:-)

  7. I had that for lunch today - and it's superb! :)

  8. It's delicious looking. Go you with making the breadcrumbs from scratch!