Friday, March 23, 2012

Cheddar Garlic Oven-Fried Chicken

13; cup butter , melted
2 tablespoons minced garlic (can use more or less)
2 teaspoons garlic powder , divided (garlic lovers can use more)
½ teaspoon seasoning salt (or can use white salt)
¾ cup seasoned dry bread crumb (seasoned or plain)
½ cup finely grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
shredded cheddar cheese (optional and use any amount desired, or can use shredded mozzarella cheese)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 11 x 7-inch pan (if using more than 4 breasts use a larger pan). In a bowl, combine melted butter with fresh minced garlic, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the dry breadcrumbs with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and pepper. Dip chicken in butter mixture, then in crumb mixture. Place in prepared pan and bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until cooked through, larger breasts may take more time (placing the chicken on a rack in a pan will produce an extra crispy crust). Top with shredded cheddar or mozzarella the last 5 minutes of cooking (this is optional).

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