Monday, July 16, 2012

Cheddar Garlic Oven-Fried Chicken

Mine actually looked even more tasty and juicy than this! Bad lighting, I guess.

1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup seasoned or plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 11x7-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 finely grated cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and black 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 the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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