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Fast & Easy Dinner: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Fast & Easy Dinner: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

While it may seem quicker to pan-fry chicken, baking chicken can actually be quite rapid, especially if you use breast halves. In this scrumptious recipe, chicken is coated in a mustard-thyme mixture before being dipped in to parmesan cheese. The chicken is then baked at a high temperature until crisp and succulent. A peppery arugula salad pairs nicely with the chicken, however if you dislike arugula substitute spinach or your favorite green. To take a look at the recipe,

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces)
4 cups packed arugula leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of the mustard with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and the thyme.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then brush them all over with the mustard mixture. Pat 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan all over each breast.
  4. Transfer the chicken breasts to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the chicken on the top shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until just cooked through and nicely browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon each of mustard and olive oil; stir in 1/2 teaspoon of water.
  6. Add the arugula and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and toss well. Spoon the salad onto plates, top with the chicken and serve.

Serves 4.

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Advah Advah 8 years
I usually cook parmesan-crusted veal (from my Italian grandma's recipe :P), it's amazing (and I have to admit I don't really like chicken).
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm drooling...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm drooling...
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
oh my goodness - i have been making this recipe for a few years now and my husband and I love it! It is part of our weekly rotation!!!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I could make this tonight. But with a Caesar salad.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
I'm making this this week! I've been looking for some new chicken recipes.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 8 years
opps how did i post to the wrong story sorry i have no idea but i seemed to have messed up
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 8 years
opps how did i post to the wrong story sorry i have no idea but i seemed to have messed up
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 8 years
i love to add crisp apple or orange to salads i think it makes them more refreshing. i make a orange poppy seed dressing that perks everything up.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 8 years
i love to add crisp apple or orange to salads i think it makes them more refreshing. i make a orange poppy seed dressing that perks everything up.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Sounds and looks yummy :)
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Sounds and looks yummy :)
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
This looks great! Whenever i make chicken parm I always bake it in the oven. It's faster, cooks more evenly (no burning on one side!), and healthier. I'm going to have to try this recipe. I'm always looking for easy but tasty ways to prepare chicken.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
This looks great! Whenever i make chicken parm I always bake it in the oven. It's faster, cooks more evenly (no burning on one side!), and healthier. I'm going to have to try this recipe. I'm always looking for easy but tasty ways to prepare chicken.
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
99% of the time I bake our chicken. It's so much easier, better for you, less mess!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
This sounds SOOOOOO good :drool:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
This sounds SOOOOOO good :drool:
HipMom HipMom 8 years
This totally looks like something I would make. I always try to infuse my dishes with an Italian flavor, it makes me feel like home. Oh, how I miss my mom's Seafood Risotto!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
The chicken looks great! I might play with it a little, put it on Caesar or something.
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