Montreal* Parmesan Chicken
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- chicken breasts (fresh or frozen, bone-in or boneless, your choice, but skinless for either one)
- 2 Tbsp
- mccormick montreal chicken seasoning..enough to cover each breast with a good layer…
- 2 Tbsp
- softened butter (or margarine, if you prefer) in something you can squeeze it onto chicken (old mustard bottle works great, or just do what i do and buy the parkay squeezable margarine for cooking)
- 1/2 c
- parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 1 1/2 c
- panko (whichever flavor you like, but i prefer the herb & garlic kind)
- 2 tsp
- oil for drizzling
1If you’re using frozen chicken, thaw it first. Follow common sense rules in thawing chicken, and when it’s completely thawed, proceed:
2Pre-heat your oven to 400F. I cook everything at 400, no matter what the recipe says, but if you’re more comfortable at 350, just add some cooking time.
3Prep a cookie sheet for baking (cover with foil & spray with Pam or coat with oil/butter/Crisco, whatever method you prefer to use for baking)
5Sprinkle one side of the chicken with enough Montreal Chicken seasoning to form a “crust” but not so much that it falls off when you pick up the piece.
7Pick up each piece of chicken and plop it, one at a time, gooey side down, into the Panko. Only bread the gooey side, and make sure the Panko goes all the way to the “edges”.
FREEZING FOR LATER: 35 minutes if you plan to cool/freeze it for use later (less cook-time now means a better taste when you cook it again the night you serve it)
READY TO SERVE: 45-50 minutes if you’re eating it immediately BUT REMEMBER all ovens are different! If your chicken isn’t “done” cook it some more, but don’t just go by brownness of coating: cut it open and check the inside. No PINK allowed!
To use chicken after partial cooking, don’t thaw it again; put it straight into a hot oven for 30-45 minutes or so, and it should thaw and finish cooking.
For best results, freeze each breast individually after partial cooking, either by wrapping each one in foil* or using separate bags/bowls for each. Since you’re not going to thaw it again before final cooking, by separately freezing each one, you can place them on your baking sheet easier. *Make SURE you open the foil packs completely when you place them in the oven, or your crust will be gummy. :(