Cheesy Chicken

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!

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  • 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).


Thaw completely.

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


  1. andylmoore says:

    Love this, exactly what my kids eat. Impossible to go beyond pasta. I have worked out there is a direct correlation between anything colourful served at dinner and the length of time it takes for my kids to eat it. Serving brocolli and carrots in one dish means a very lengthy process. Serve pasta and it’s shovelled in like they haven’t eaten in days.

  2. orples says:

    That previous comment should have read “looks great!”. I think I need to take a break. It’s been a long day and now on top of it, you have my mouth watering. Yum.

  3. kmpinkel says:

    This may sound barbaric, but one of my 4 children would prefer to live on refined carbs and i have found the best way to get him to eat like a human is to keep him so busy that he is so hungry that he will eat whatever I put in front of him. Not possible every day but I can get it done at least 3 days a week. This is my karma for being an awful eater when I was a kid. I still sat it was my moms cooking!

  4. Gotta Be Healthy Mama says:

    I keep meaning to try this since I came across your blog last week (thanks for stopping by mine!) and I have some chicken in the freezer, but I keep forgetting to get the ingredients at the store. We’re big pasta fans here too and usually have a 6 lbs. bag of tri-color pasta from Sam’s in the pantry!

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