Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 2-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and all of the spices in a shallow dish.
Cube the chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces.
Dip the chicken pieces into the melted butter...
And then dredge them in the bread/cheese/spice mixture.
I line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easier clean up and then I also spray it with non-stick spray. Just to be on the safe side!
Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the juices run clear. (This is always closer to the 15 mark for me!)
When you take them out, they will be golden brown and absolutely delicious!
A side note: I end up always using every bit of "batter", so I usually throw a little extra bread crumbs in, but make it a few times and you'll soon see what works best for you!
This is a great treat for Elizabeth since they're nuggets, but Travis and I don't mind eating them at all!
I'm toying with the idea of cutting a whole breast in half to make two thin pieces, then use this batter to bake the breast "whole". Then, using a little marinara sauce and fresh basil-and maybe even a slice of mozzarella cheese-put the Parmesan chicken on two slices of bread and make a panini out of it. Ooo, served with shoestring fries would be amazing!
Oh, now I'm hungry...again. I'll keep the panini thing in mind for a future post!