Monday, August 1, 2011

Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan-Garlic Crust

This is one of my favorite "quick and easy" meal solutions for dinner. The parmesan crust gives incredible flavor to the chicken and paired with some garlic mashed potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables it is a delicious, balanced and complete meal. I hope that this recipe warms your hearts and homes.

Here is how:
1. Adjust oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Combine in a bowl:
- 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (I prefer Schar brand)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste

3. Pat 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (trimmed) dry with paper towels and transfer to a 13 by 9 inch baking dish.

4. Combine 1/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise and 1/4 cup fresh basil (minced) in a small bowl and spread evenly over the chicken.

5. Sprinkle the bread-crumb mixture over the mayonnaise, pressing lightly to adhere.

6. Bake until the crusts are golden brown and a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest past of the chicken registers 160 degrees. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Here is to dinners with comfort and nutrition! xo

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