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I recently told you about my oldest daughter Anastasia coming back from college and the tasty pasta dish she brought with her. But she’s not the only kid who likes to cook in the house; Milena and even Sebastian have been known to try out a new recipe in the Luksich kitchen. But that doesn’t always mean that you get to taste the treats once they’re prepared. I speak from experience, since while working late one night I came home to the delicious aroma of chicken in the house only to be told, “sorry Mom, we ate it all.” They were kind enough to give their dad a piece, but as for me… nada. It was a recipe Milena was trying after preparing it in her cooking class at school. She was kind enough to make another batch, and this time I did get to try it.. pretty tasty.
Easy Breaded Chicken
1½ pounds of chicken breasts (we cut them into tenders)
2 to 3 tablespoons butter, melted
½ package dry Buttermilk Ranch or Italian dressing mix
¾ cup bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs (Milena used Italian bread crumbs)
1/3 cup of shredded or grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt the butter and set aside. Mix the dressing mix with the bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese. Use the chicken breasts as they are or cut them into strips or chunks and dip the pieces into the butter and then into the bread crumb mixture coating evenly.
Place the chicken onto a lightly greased glass or ceramic dish and bake for 30 to 40 minutes (smaller pieces will take less time about 20 to 25minutes – but always check for doneness). Remove from oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauce or try them with the mashed cauliflower and potato dish below.
Coat your cheese grater with nonstick spray for easy shredding and easier clean up.
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