Got your pretty Aprons on? I thought we'd try a simple recipe of Baked Parmesan Chicken.
You will need 8-10 raw Chicken tenderloins strips (fresh or thawed if frozen)
Parmesan salad dressing any brand works,,
Italian Seasoned bread crumbs ( they come in a can found in the baking aisle, or season your own dried crumbs with Italian seasoning.)
1 -2 cups Parmesan cheese ( you can buy already grated cheese in 2 cup packages in the cheese case at the grocery store or grate your own.
Butter for greasing a baking dish
3/4 cup Slivered almonds or pecans bits
BEGIN: You will want to Turn on your oven to preheat 375 degrees.
Now to begin:
Pour 1 cup of the dressing into a gallon zip lock bag .. now add the chicken strips. close the bag and do a shake or squeeze the bag a few times to thoroughly coat each strip.
Set them aside to marinade for 30 -45 minutes.. ( the dressing will also be tenderizing the chicken)
Now in a flat dish mix with a fork 1 cup Italian Seasoned bread crumbs and 1 and 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. set aside.. (Because I love the cheesey taste I save or grate extra for topping just before serving)
In a hot dry nonstick skillet roast 1/2 cup slivered almonds or pecans, just until you smell them toasting They just need to be nice and warm..to bring out the oils. ( Careful Not burn) remove and set aside.
After chicken has marinated, Remove a chicken strips and coat them individually with the Italian Crumbs and Parmesan cheese you have placed in a bowl . Just lay one in the dish and turn it over to coat then put in a 9x13 baking dish that you have buttered laying them in a single layer. When you have all the strips in the baking dish sprinkle the roasted almonds or pecans evenly over the top. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and place in the 375 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. Set your timer..
While they are baking.. Be sure to Wash your utensils and cutting surface with hot soapy water anywhere your raw Chicken has been touched. * we dont want any cross contamination from the chicken do we?
When the timer goes off,
Remove the foil reduce the oven temp to 350 and continue baking for about 2-3 minutes. The chicken should be golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and Plate the chicken strips
You can sprinkle more Parmesan cheese over them and serve them hot with Rice, Farro or Quinoa or Green Salad. If you like wine I would pair a chilled Pinot Griesso with this dish. It has a nice citrus flavor that will compliment the cheese and chicken.
You Did it...and I think you did just fine.. How did it taste?
See how easy that was?
Because I want you to have plenty of time to try this recipe and any others I post, I think it will help me if I only post a recipe on Tuesdays and on Fridays.. So Friday I will give you recipe # 2 for my Meatloaf.. My husband loves it, I made it yesterday ad we will make sandwiches from the leftovers..