Attention! A reward is offered to anyone who can convince my son that there’s more to food than pasta!
While we are waiting for that miracle to happen, my family is being stuffed with carbs almost every other day. Jem likes them hot, plane, with lots of butter. We try to add some color to our plates.
Here is an excellent make-ahead recipe – crunchy and cheesy outside and juicy inside, very well complimented by a serving of gemelli. Calorie heaven!
- 1 cup bread crumbs*
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 6 boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
Mix together bread crumbs, cheeses, and pepper. Dip chicken pieces in melted butter, then in cheese mixture. At this point I like to freeze extras for future use (wrap each bundle in plastic, and place in freezer bags).
SERVING DAY INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350⁰ F (175⁰ C).
Place chicken in large, shallow baking dish
Bake uncovered for 1 hr, until chicken is crispy.
Yields 6 servings.
Serve over your favorite pasta with your favorite tomato sauce!
* Unless you can find real bread crumbs without additives, or you are making your own, try Japanese bread crumbs “Panco”, the ingredients are much less scary looking than generic grocery store horrors, and they do provide an extra crunch