Between furloughs, lay-offs and the large number of people who are either unemployed or underemployed, fewer and fewer families feel they can afford to eat out at their favorite restaurants. That does not mean, however, that families have lost their taste for the meals they usually order.
Many families that have been accustomed to eating dinner out more than at home seem to have reverted to cooking at home more often in order to cut corners. As a result, family members are searching for recipes that are full of flavor and easy-to-make.
For those who are particularly fond of Italian dishes, this recipe for baked garlic Parmesan chicken meets the criteria for both. It serves 6 and can be made for less than the cost of one of these meals at most restaurants.
¾ cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
6 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- Preheat oven to 350ᵒ F
- Melt the butter with the garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to bubble, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir the breadcrumbs together with the Parmesan cheese, thyme, basil, oregano, pepper and salt in a bowl. Dip the chicken breasts in the butter, then press into the seasoned bread crumbs. Place the chicken into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is golden brown and no longer pink in the center, approximately 50 – 55 minutes.