Chicken has never really been my thing. I don't hate it but, if it is on a menu I go right over it. My mom made this wonderful discovery one night when Brad and I were out. My kids both love rotisserie chicken. I mean devour it. Then Brad made a follow on discovery that if you toss it in barbecue sauce the kids are in heaven. I would have never made these discoveries because I skip over chicken and don't like barbecue sauce. Since this love of chicken has been revealed I find myself seeking out family friendly chicken recipes. These are recipes that I would have skipped right over a few months ago. As I have said Brad eats like a child as well so, when I stumbled upon this combination I knew it was a meal both Brad and the kids would like. I nailed it. Every bit of chicken was gone (I even enjoyed it) and Brad must have said 2 or 3 times how good it was. Is this gourmet no but, a super simple meal that puts smiles on my kids faces and fills their tummies is exactly what I need in my working mom life right now.
crunchy cheddar chickenadapted: real simple
16 buttery crackers (such as Ritz or social snackers), crushed ( 4 crackers per chicken breast)
4 ounces cheddar cheese grated (1 oz per chicken breast)
1 clove garlic; minced
kosher salt and black pepper
4 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (1 tablespoon per chicken breast)
Heat oven to 350° F.
Melt butter with the pressed/minced garlic. Mix to combine.
In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Dip the chicken in the garlic butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers adhere. Place the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Mound any remaining cracker mixture on the chicken and drizzle with any remaining butter.
Bake until the chicken is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.