When I meal plan, I usually balance easy meals with time-consuming meals. If I know that I will be cooking for hours on one day, the next day will almost always be something easier.
This Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken is an example of an easy meal I made. It was made with a new Progresso Recipe Starters cooking sauce, which was sent to me to try out. The recipe was easy and the chicken turned out good. I loved that the breading was equal parts of Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs. I’m not totally sure that the 1/4 cup of butter was totally needed, so I will likely lessen that and use more of the sauce for dipping the chicken in next time.
Here’s the recipe (with my minor changes from the original):
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx 4 oz each)
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 can (18 oz) Progresso Recipe Starters Creamy Parmesan Basil cooking sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅔ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ⅔ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
- Place a chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap. Gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about ½" thick. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
- In shallow dish, mix butter, 3 tablespoons of Progresso Recipe Starters cooking sauce, and garlic powder. In another shallow dish, mix breadcrumbs, cheese, and Italian seasoning. Dip each chicken breast into butter mixture first, then dip into bread crumb mixing to coat. Place on cookie sheet. Spray tops of chicken lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake in oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, turning chicken once (center of chicken temperature should be minimum 165 degrees F).
- Heat remaining sauce in a saucepan until hot. Serve for dipping or drizzle over top. Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired.
Now I have a fun story to share about the second dish we made with my box of Progresso Recipe Starters.
We decided to make Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. See that image above? Looks good, huh? That was provided to me by Progresso and the same one we saw in the little cookbooklet they sent me. When David saw that photo, he totally wanted it (he wanted that more than the Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken).
The idea is simple: buy a deli rotisserie chicken, take the chicken off the bone, shred the chicken, add the Progress Recipe Starters Fire Roasted Tomato cooking sauce, and some seasonings. So we bought the ingredients and David took all the chicken off the bone and that’s when I told him about a trick I read about on someone’s food blog — that you can shred chicken in your KitchenAid.
David was all over that idea. He put it in the bowl and the KitchenAid started shredding within seconds. He stopped the power, I looked at it, and told him that I thought it needed a bit more shredding. So, we shredded. And, yeah, shredded some more.
That’s when my kitchen became a sad, sad place.
Just like that, we no longer had delicious pulled chicken sandwiches. We now had fire roasted tomato chicken baby food. The flavor was good, but seriously…NO texture. Smooth baby food.
And, yes, we still ate it.
I shared our shredded chicken FAIL with my readers on Facebook and they shared some KitchenAid chicken shredding tips, so I’m pretty sure we will try it again, but we won’t “shred” it so long next time.
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