Friday, May 20, 2011

Blog Hopping: Quick & Easy Dinner

Miranda (of Narrating Life) and Hannah (of Sherbet Blossom) asked me to participate in the kick-off of a new series they're doing called 'Blog Hopping'. Each month they will feature several different bloggers posting on a theme to introduce us all to some great blogs. I'm flattered and thrilled to be participating.
This month's inaugural theme is 'Quick & Easy Family Dinners'. I immediately knew what I was going to share, but I cannot take any credit for the recipe. Although, to be fair, I never come up with my own recipes. I consider myself to be a good cook, but I am not skilled enough to invent my own recipes. The best recipes I have often come from my grandma and other family members. I can take it as a guarantee if Denise, Michelle, my mom, or grandma has made it. This recipe is another one of those family recipes that I remember growing up with. When one of us was wondering (and possibly whining) about what to make for dinner, Denise purportedly said:'Parmesan Chicken, duh!' It's that kind of recipe. 
Now this is not your typical parmesan chicken smothered in marinara and cheese. Its lighter, easier, and much, much faster than that.

Gather your ingredients. The original recipe calls for:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. fine dry breadcrumbs
1/3 c. grated parmesan
1 1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
1/4 c. melted butter
2 T. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
minced parsley

(I was out of lemon so I substituted lime. Also it should be noted that while I will buy generic parmesan, I stick to good, name brand butter.)
 I made it even easier. I nixed the salt, pepper, and parsley and substituted seasoned breadcrumbs for the plain breadcrumbs. So to be clear, I used:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. seasoned dry breadcrumbs
1/3 c. grated parmesan
1/4 c. melted butter
2 T. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced

Blend breadcrumbs and parmesan in one bowl. Combine butter, garlic and lemon juice in another.
Dip chicken into butter mixture, then crumb mixture, coating well.
Roll chicken and place seam-down in an 8x8” baking dish. Pour any remaining butter mixture over the chicken and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. 
(My oven in hot so it takes more like 40 minutes.)

When I made this the other night I chopped some sweet potato fries that cooked in the oven while the chicken baked, and microwaved some frozen snow peas. Easy! Brown rice also goes great with this, but I'm the only brown rice-lover in my household.

(We always eat on salad plates.)

This is a perfect chicken dish to make when you have nothing else planned or when you need to take dinner to someone. It's easily doubled, and quite the crowd-pleaser so just go ahead and double it when you make it. You'll want leftovers.

Now hop over to these other great bloggers and their easy family dinners:

Thanks for playing along, and thank you Hannah and Miranda!


Hannah said...

ooh! This looks divine! I can't wait to try it!

Thanks so much for participating!

Cathy said...

That chicken looks so yummy. Quick and easy too.

michelle said...

This is definitely one of those fall-back recipes, especially since I always have the ingredients on hand. I like to eat it with white rice and steamed carrots.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

paws said...

I just sat down to my computer to plan next week's meals, so this is uber timely. Thanks to the blog hop, I may have my work done. Woohoo!

Diana said...

that looks so so good, and such basic ingredients, yay!

Charlotte said...

Parmesan chicken is one of our all-time favorites in the Wilson household. Josh always gets really excited when I announce that for dinner. Plus he loves the leftovers.

And funny thing, when I make it, I season it with thyme, sage, and rosemary! I've never used the lemon juice, though. I think that's a necessary add-in.

Like Michelle said, we usually eat ours with white rice!

Erin said...

yum! i think i will make this for sunday dinner this weekend.

btw, i finally looked up the front door color. it is cliveden camelback sofa by valspar. strange name, huh?

Susan said...

I'll definitely "hop on the other posts" when time permits.

It's a family favorite for sure, and easy to make for a crowd as large as a Ward dinner!

Good choice!

Christina said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing. It looks like it would go well with whatever veggies I happen to have on hand. Perfect!

{natalie} said...

That looks good. I need to be better about dinners. We have been slacking lately

paws said...

I made this yesterday! How do you make your sw pt fries? Mine always seem to burn Maybe I just overcook them.

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