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Amazingly Easy Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Amazingly Easy Garlic Cheddar Chicken
Amazingly Easy Garlic Cheddar Chicken | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Garlic Cheddar Chicken

This was an amazing dinner! How can you go wrong with garlic and cheese?

I think in this meal I used WAY more garlic than I normally would and it still wasn’t quite enough for my husband and I. We really needed some Fantastic But Easy Garlic Bread to round this meal off!

I think the hardest part of the whole meal was processing all of our dry ingredients in our food processor. The rest was so easy that it’s amazing we don’t do this meal more often.

Chicken is SO easy to work with and it’s so flexible when it comes to seasonings, baking times, and even the sides you can serve it with.

My husband jokes that we should start a chicken restaurant with all of the different chicken recipes we personally use here at home.

And you can see by the pictures, this recipe ends up looking more like gourmet food than a home-baked chicken dish in the oven.

I promise that you’re really going to love this one!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 2 people 1 chicken breast each

Ingredients

  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 slice bread, white or wheat
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, (I recommend cheddar)
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

Instructions

  1. I would start by thawing your chicken breasts.
  2. There are several great ways to do this, including placing your frozen chicken breasts in the refrigerator over night to thaw, or placing your frozen chicken breasts in room temperature water to thaw while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. I thaw mine in the microwave because I have absolutely no patience, and usually make my dinner decisions much too late to thaw my chicken any other way quickly.
  4. Next preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  5. I use a cookie sheet rather than a casserole dish because I want a nice crispy crust on my chicken breasts. Make sure to spray your lined cookie sheet thoroughly with cooking spray.
  6. In a small bowl, we're going to make your butter sauce first.
  7. Add your butter, minced garlic, and garlic powder to your bowl.
  8. Nuke it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the butter and mix everything thoroughly. (It shows up later in my pictures because I had to wait for the chicken to finish thawing so I could use the microwave.)
  9. Next we'll start the crumb mixture.
  10. In a food processor, break up one piece of your choice of bread.
  11. Process it down to the finest of crumbs before adding any other ingredients.
  12. Add your oregano and parsley to your processed bread crumbs.
  13. Now add your garlic powder and process them all in.
  14. Finally, add in your Parmesan cheese and shredded cheese.
  15. This recipe really needed some more flavorful shredded cheddar cheese, but we didn't have any in the refrigerator last night. So we just used shredded mozzarella instead.
  16. Process everything together for a few minutes until it is all evenly processed and distributed throughout the mixture.
  17. Pour your bread crumb mixture into a medium bowl.
  18. I like to set everything out in an assembly line to make this process easier.
  19. Start by dredging one chicken breast at a time first in your butter mixture on each side.
  20. Then completely cover each chicken breast in your bread crumb mixture.
  21. Place each on your prepared cookie sheet, evenly spaced.
  22. Drizzle any remaining butter on top of your chicken breasts.
  23. And then sprinkle your remaining bread crumbs on top of your finished chicken breasts.
  24. Bake for 45 minutes.
  25. If for some reason your breasts haven't completely browned after 45 minutes in the oven, switch your temperature over to low broil and brown for a few minutes before removing.
  26. You see I even cut one breast open to make sure it was fully cooked before serving.
  27. I suggest serving with a nice salad, or some delicious steamed broccoli and cheese and some mashed potatoes.
  28. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Seven: Process it down to the finest of crumbsStep Eight: Add your parsleyStep Nine: Add your oreganoStep Ten: Add your garlic powderStep Eleven: Process them togetherStep Twelve: Add your parmesan cheeseStep Thirteen: Add your shredded cheeseStep Fourteen: Process them all togetherStep Fifteen: Process everything togetherStep Sixteen: Pour your crumb mixture into a bowlStep Seventeen: Heat your butter mixture for 30 seconds and then mix it wellStep Eighteen: Set up your assembly lineStep Nineteen: Dredge each chicken breast in your butter mixture on each sideStep Twenty: Now coat each chicken breast with your bread crumbs on each sideStep Twenty-one: Lay your coated chicken breasts evenly spaced out on your cookie sheetStep Twenty-two: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover butterStep Twenty-three: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover bread crumbsStep Twenty-four: Bake for 45 minutesYum!Step Twenty-five: Enjoy!!
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Step Seven: Process it down to the finest of crumbs
Step Seven: Process it down to the finest of crumbs | Source
Step Eight: Add your parsley
Step Eight: Add your parsley | Source
Step Nine: Add your oregano
Step Nine: Add your oregano | Source
Step Ten: Add your garlic powder
Step Ten: Add your garlic powder | Source
Step Eleven: Process them together
Step Eleven: Process them together | Source
Step Twelve: Add your parmesan cheese
Step Twelve: Add your parmesan cheese | Source
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Step Thirteen: Add your shredded cheese
Step Thirteen: Add your shredded cheese | Source
Step Fourteen: Process them all together
Step Fourteen: Process them all together | Source
Step Fifteen: Process everything together
Step Fifteen: Process everything together | Source
Step Sixteen: Pour your crumb mixture into a bowl
Step Sixteen: Pour your crumb mixture into a bowl | Source
Step Seventeen: Heat your butter mixture for 30 seconds and then mix it well
Step Seventeen: Heat your butter mixture for 30 seconds and then mix it well | Source
Step Eighteen: Set up your assembly line
Step Eighteen: Set up your assembly line | Source
Step Nineteen: Dredge each chicken breast in your butter mixture on each side
Step Nineteen: Dredge each chicken breast in your butter mixture on each side | Source
Step Twenty: Now coat each chicken breast with your bread crumbs on each side
Step Twenty: Now coat each chicken breast with your bread crumbs on each side | Source
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Step Twenty-one: Lay your coated chicken breasts evenly spaced out on your cookie sheet
Step Twenty-one: Lay your coated chicken breasts evenly spaced out on your cookie sheet | Source
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Step Twenty-two: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover butter
Step Twenty-two: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover butter | Source
Step Twenty-three: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover bread crumbs
Step Twenty-three: Sprinkle your coated chicken breasts with your leftover bread crumbs | Source
Step Twenty-four: Bake for 45 minutes
Step Twenty-four: Bake for 45 minutes | Source
Yum!
Yum! | Source
Step Twenty-five: Enjoy!!
Step Twenty-five: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 chicken breast
Calories 452
Calories from Fat234
% Daily Value *
Fat 26 g40%
Saturated fat 15 g75%
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 35 g70%
Cholesterol 137 mg46%
Sodium 853 mg36%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

I think one of the first changes I would make to this meal now that we’ve eaten it, would have been to use more garlic powder in the dish.

The minced garlic was great, but I really think that the garlic powder has more of the garlic flavor that we really like.

We also did not have any cheddar cheese, which is what this meal is designed for. Our chicken would have had a great deal more flavor had we actually used the cheddar cheese that was in my recipe.

We’ll have to get ahold of some cheddar so we can try this dish again!

The only complaint my husband had for this meal, was that the topping was so amazing, he wished that there was less chicken and more topping. Lol

I think the only way to provide him with more topping would be to either make some extra for him on the side, or maybe cut the chicken breasts in half through the middle and bread both halves.

The topping already was just crisping off the side of the chicken as we cut into it. It was like the breading on Kentucky Fried Chicken when you bite into it.

The crispy skin just comes off in your hands and you wish there were more of the skin and less of the meat.

Great recipe!! This one’s a keeper!

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh great! I'm so glad you like it! You'll definitely enjoy making this too. :)

      Thanks for the comment.

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      ExpectGreatThings 

      4 years ago from Illinois

      Yum!! This one makes my mouth water! Thanks! -Ginger

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh it was delicious! I'm so glad you both liked it! Thank you so much for leaving your comments.

      You'll also love the Chicken Pot Pie I made last night. It was just as beautiful as it tasted! :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Chicken recipes are my favorite meals and this one looks so delicious.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I like garlic, I like cheese and I like chicken, so this one is a keeper.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      We did! My and requested that they were chicken fingers next time though! lol Your recipes sound amazing!!

      Thank you for the wonderful comments!

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      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Another delicious recipe! I have one who ressemble a little bit yours; it's with porc tenderloin that I cut in pieces and beat them flat with an old rolling pin (that has no more handles)... a good dish to prepare if you have any frustrations ;-)

      The last time I prepared that dish, I was out of bread crumbs that I replaced with rice crispies :-) It was delicious!

      Sometimes my husband prepare also a dish that ressemble yours... it's with veal scallopini. We each have our specialities in the kitchen :-)))

      I bet you had a delicious supper last night!

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