Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Anti-Chicken Fingers Movement - Parmesan-Dijon Chicken

Served for the very first time to my boyfriend of 2 years on July 8, 2002.  We had just moved in together in a cute two bedroom house in Myrtle Beach after living in San Diego for a couple of years.  From the cookbook, “Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics: Learning to Cook with Confidence” – no doubt a gift from my mom, my first official welcome into my future domesticity.  I knew this guy would one day be my husband and thought it savvy to try each and every recipe and document the date and our thoughts of said dish on each page.  We, or very well I, branded this recipe – “great!”  And it is, we have had it numerous times over the last 9 years (has it been that long!).  Easy to prepare, fairly healthy and quite tasty…it goes fabulously with potatoes and broccoli or peas. 

Parmesan-Dijon Chicken
·         6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about ¼ pound each)
·         ¼ cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter
·         ¾ cup dry bread crumbs
·         ¼ cup grated parmesan
·         2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Heat the oven to 375.  Melt the margarine in a microwavable dish (about 15 seconds). Mix the bread crumbs and cheese in a large plastic bag.  Stir the mustard into the melted margarine until well mixed. 
Dip the chicken, one piece at a time, into the margarine mixture, coating all sides.  Then place in the bag of crumbs, seal the bag and shake to coat with crumb mixture.  Place the chicken in a single layer in an ungreased rectangular pan.
Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes, turning chicken over once with tongs.

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