Succulent Chicken with a Golden Garlic Parmesan Crust Recipe

This succulent chicken dish features a crispy, golden garlic Parmesan crust that elevates simple chicken breasts into a gourmet meal. Perfect for a family dinner or special occasion, this recipe combines juicy chicken with a flavorful, cheesy crust that’s sure to impress.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably panko for extra crunch)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the Crust Mixture:
    In a medium bowl, combine the grated Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, minced garlic, chopped parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  3. Prepare the Chicken:
    Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels. This will help the coating adhere better. If the chicken breasts are thick, consider pounding them to an even thickness for more consistent cooking.
  4. Coat the Chicken:
    In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and olive oil. Dip each chicken breast into the butter-oil mixture, ensuring it’s well coated. Then, press the chicken into the Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides and pressing down to ensure the crust sticks.
  5. Arrange on Baking Sheet:
    Place the coated chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching to allow for even cooking.
  6. Bake:
    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the crust is golden brown and crispy. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (75°C).
  7. Serve:
    Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for a fresh, zesty finish.

Tips:

  • For an extra burst of flavor, add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the oven to maintain the crispy texture.

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