Parmesan-Garlic Chicken

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In my last post, I went on a slight rant about the absurd prices of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my beloved Boston.  Since I have a tiny freezer (hey, I’m in Boston, so obviously I’m rockin the smallest space imaginable… divided by 4), I ration my chicken that I get in bulk from Wegman’s when I visit home like I am Piper sitting on a smuggled bag of fresh organic brownies.  Well, our stash needs to be broken into sometimes, emirite?  Especially when you’re pressed for time, and/or hurting for something comforting, perhaps reminding you of warm childhood memories.  So, on this cold, unforgiving October evening, all I wanted was a plateful of my mother’s simplest, most delicious dish:  Parmesan-Garlic Chicken.  It is literally one of the most simple dishes I can pass along.  It is nothing fancy, nothing special, and yet so delicious, you will find yourself making it over and over again.  My friends ask for this all the time, and I have no problem saying yes… as long as I have enough chicken!

My mother always coats then bakes her chicken; however, this time, I cut my chicken into smaller pieces, and completed the entire dish on the stove-top.  Both are amazing, so I am going to give you directions for both pan-searing and baking.  You will not regret taking this one on!  Enjoy!


Materials:

  • cutting board and knife (recommended)
  • large skillet with cover*
  • tongs or spatula

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, trimmed
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder or minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil, for cooking

Directions:

  1. Pour about 2 T olive oil into pan.  Heat over medium-high heat.
  2. If you wish, cut chicken breasts into smaller (and thinner) pieces, so they will cook faster, and more evenly. IMG_2568
  3. When oil is hot (not smoking!), place chicken into pan.  Coat the side facing you with salt, pepper, and garlic.  Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.
  4. After about 5-7 minutes (when you can see whites around the edges of the chicken), flip over each piece using tongs or a spatula.  Sprinkle again with salt, pepper, garlic, and lots of parmesan 🙂  FullSizeRender
  5. Turn heat down a bit, and add a little water (about 1-2 T) to the pan (be careful of the steam!).  Cover, and let the chicken cook for another 10-14 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the chicken.  FullSizeRender-1
  6. The chicken will be done when an instant-read thermometer reaches 175 degrees.
  7. Enjoy!  FullSizeRender-2

* If you would like to skip the stove-top and bake:  coat both sides with ingredients listed, then bake in an oven-safe dish at 375 degrees for about 14-16 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken.  Your chicken will be done when an instant-read thermometer reaches 175 degrees.  


Parmesan-Garlic Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • cutting board and knife (recommended)
  • large skillet with cover*
  • tongs or spatula

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, trimmed
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder or minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil, for cooking

Directions:

  1. Pour about 2 T olive oil into pan.  Heat over medium-high heat.
  2. If you wish, cut chicken breasts into smaller (and thinner) pieces, so they will cook faster, and more evenly.
  3. When oil is hot (not smoking!), place chicken into pan.  Coat the side facing you with salt, pepper, and garlic.  Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese.
  4. After about 5-7 minutes (when you can see whites around the edges of the chicken), flip over each piece using tongs or a spatula.  Sprinkle again with salt, pepper, garlic, and lots of parmesan 🙂
  5. Turn heat down a bit, and add a little water (about 1-2 T) to the pan (be careful of the steam!).  Cover, and let the chicken cook for another 10-14 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  6. The chicken will be done when an instant-read thermometer reaches 175 degrees.
  7. Enjoy!

* If you would like to skip the stove-top and bake:  coat both sides with ingredients listed, then bake in an oven-safe dish at 375 degrees for about 14-16 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken.  Your chicken will be done when an instant-read thermometer reaches 175 degrees.  

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