Chicken has a lot of possible cuts, and one of the most loved is the chicken breast. Chicken breasts complement almost any type of cooking. It is great when roasted or grilled, it is also delicious when baked. There are a lot of readily available and easy to follow recipes online for cooking chicken breasts.
When it comes to lean protein, chicken breast always comes as a top choice. However, there are some which consider chicken breast as a boring piece of meat. Most of the time, it is sautéed, added as a complement to pasta, or tossed into some green vegetables. Some even consider chicken breast as dry and flavorless, even if it is healthier compared to pork.
While most of these claims might be true, there are cooking methods that essentially turn a drab chicken breast into a luscious and succulent dish. The great this is that these dishes are easy to prepare and does not require any sort of fancy ingredients to cook.
- 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut in half.
- Two teaspoons garlic powder.
- One egg.
- One cup of bread crumbs.
- One tablespoon fresh lemon juice.
- One teaspoon chopped parsley.
- One pound sliced mushrooms.
- One half cup Parmesan cheese, grated.
- One of four quarter cup butter, melted.
- salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 3750F. Take a bowl and beat the egg on it with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder. In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Set this mixture aside.
In a different bowl, mix the lemon juice with the melted butter. Make sure that everything is properly mixed. Pour about a third of the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish. Make sure that the mixture properly coats the bottom of the baking dish. You can do this by tilting until it spreads all over the bottom.
Next is to spread the sliced mushrooms in the bottom of the dish. Make sure that the mushrooms are event placed. Take the chicken breasts, dip them into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs mixture. Carefully place each chicken breast on top of the mushrooms. Pour the remaining butter mixture over the chicken, and then sprinkle it with freshly chopped parsley.
Bake the chicken uncovered for about 45 minutes in the preheated oven. The chicken should be ready when it turns golden brown or the juices run clear. You can use a thermometer to check if the chicken is properly cooked. The internal temperature of a properly cooked chicken should be around 160 to 1650F.
This dish can be cooked with an aluminum foil cover. This keeps the chicken moist and traps the juices within the chicken. It also helps to cook the chicken evenly. Lastly, it makes the clean-up routine less messy and a lot easier.