Parmesan Chicken

Oh so perfect for summer! It's quick. It's easy. It's make-now or make-ahead. It's good hot or cold. It's good as is and atop a salad and tucked into a sandwich. What is it? Baked chicken breasts in a light Parmesan crust.
Parmesan Chicken, another Quick Supper ♥, make-ahead chicken for salad suppers, picnics, just as is.

The Second Busiest Food Holiday for Supermarkets

In thousands of hometowns this Independence Day, Americans will place hands over hearts as legions of dignified if aging veterans and their fresh-faced comrades convey our flag along tree-lined main streets.

And as day draws to a close, we’ll gather again on blankets and some times in boats to “oooh” and “aaah” as mid-summer night skies unfold a pageant of artistry and spectacle.

Between the parades and the pyrotechnics will be family reunions, neighborhood potlucks, church picnics, riverside barbecues and community fairs – all laden with summer bounty!

It’s no wonder that food-wise, the Fourth of July is the second-busiest holiday for supermarkets. The busiest? Christmas!

Impromptu Supper Salads: Perfect for Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken, another Quick Supper ♥, make-ahead chicken for salad suppers, picnics, just as is.

If you're like me, you’ll make CHICKEN PARMESAN often! It’s a perfect make-ahead summer supper. The chicken also freezes well and thaws quickly so can make for a quick supper some busy night, perhaps sliced thin and splayed fan-like across a bed of greens and garnished with sliced tomato or zucchini, mango or strawberry.

I sometimes even make Parmesan Chicken for picnics and potlucks. For smaller servings for children or for potluck contributions where there'll be many food choices, cut the chicken breasts into smaller pieces before coating.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time-to-table: 35 minutes
Serves 8
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 English muffins (about 1-1/4 cups fresh crumbs)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon additional pepper
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Heat oven to 450F/230C.

DRESSING Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a low, flat dish suitable for dipping chicken breasts.

COATING Process the English muffin halves in food processor until finely ground. Add Parmesan, pepper and butter and pulse two or three times until well blended. Transfer coating mixture to a second low, flat dish.

CHICKEN Cut breasts into eight pieces, about 4 ounces each. Dip each chicken piece in the Dressing, then the Coating, covering completely with each.

BAKE Arrange the chicken pieces on a baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the juices run clear or the internal temperature reaches 160F/70C.

SERVE Serve hot from the oven or refrigerate to serve cold later.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving: 202 Calories; 6g Tot Fat; 3g Sat Fat; 78mg Cholesterol; 372mg Sodium; 1g Carb; 1g Fiber; 1g Sugar; 30g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS Old Points 4 & Points Plus 5 & SmartPoints 4 & Freestyle 3.

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  1. Anonymous7/21/2007

    I'm thinking I could use whole wheat panko crumbs to make this and it would be pretty SB friendly. Just the thing for my two nephews who are coming next week to stay (maybe for five days, yikes.) I like the idea of smaller pieces for kids, maybe even cut in strips and call them "chicken fingers."


  2. Anonymous7/21/2007

    Thanks so much, Alanna, for featuring my zucchini post in BlogHer today.You really made my day. And thanks for introducing me to your blog. Now that I'm "older and wiser," I appreciate vegetables much more and am excited to try lots of new recipes.



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