Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

What in the world is THIS a picture of you ask??

Well, it's all that is left of eight...yes 8 pieces of Parmesan Encrusted Chicken.

This is a popular hit with my kids and their visiting friends!

This is a great quick and easy family meal. Plus it's a perfect one to enlist the help of your kids to prepare.
Throw a salad together and some white rice or a vegetable and there you have it!

Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

6 thin boneless chicken breasts (the fit and easy are perfect)
If your chicken breasts are large and thick slice them down the middle to make 2 thin ones.
1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup Panko
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 TBS parsley, chopped
A few drops of olive oil to grease your baking sheet

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Lightly oil a baking sheet

Combine Panko, Parmesan, and parsley in a big bowl. Set aside.

Whisk oil and milk/buttermilk in a shallow bowl.
Dip one piece of chicken at a time into the mixture then immediately press and coat in the Panko mixture. If your kids are helping have them throw the dry ingredients in a gallon baggie and shake up each chicken piece to coat it - my kids like that part. Place on prepared baking sheet.

REMEMBER to ensure those little helping hands (and big ones too) get washed well under warm soapy water up to their wrist after handling raw chicken!!

Bake for 35-35 minutes depending on the size of chicken used.

I think the kids like the simple plain flavors.

You could certainly add some paprika, basil, black pepper and red pepper to the dry mixture to kick it up a bit or do like I do and grab the nearest bottle of Tabasco!
Depends on the tastes in your home.

Also, I have made this with freshly grated Parmesan cheese as well as the store bought variety, both work. Freshly grated is a little less crisp but tasty!

Enjoy and Happy Cooking!

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