Melt in Your Mouth Chicken
Melts in your mouth chicken : my mother loved making this recipe so much, although she used mayonnaise. I am not and never have been a fan of mayonnaise.
How to make Melt in Your Mouth Chicken
4 boneless Chicken Breasts
1 cup mayonnaise or greek yogurt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup parmesan cheese divided
1 tsp seasoning salt
½ tsp black pepper
Cut each chicken breast into three equal pieces
Place into a bowl of milk, or buttermilk and let sit in refrigerator overnight
Preheat the oven to 375* when ready to cook the chicken
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ½ cup parmesan and the seasonings.
In a 9 x 13 baking dish, place the chicken in, spacing it apart
Spread the mayonnaise mixture over each chicken breast
Sprinkle the tops with the remaining parmesan cheese
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165*
Place under the broiler to brown the cheese, slightly
This dish can be served with fresh, steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes or wedge potato fries. As the chicken is cooking, you will notice a build up of liquid at the bottom of the baking dish.
This can be carefully drained every so often. The liquid does not hurt the chicken, it is just the juices coming from the chicken pieces.
You could also wait until just before you place it under the broiler to give the cheese a slight brown color, to drain the liquid.
The longer that the liquid is left in the pan, the more it will help steam the chicken.
SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 120 | TOTAL FAT: 24g | SATURATED FAT: 12g | TRANS FAT: 10g | CARBOHYDRATES: 240g | SUGAR: 18g | PROTEIN: 44g
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise?
Yes, you can use Greek yogurt as a healthier alternative to mayonnaise in this recipe. It will provide a tangy flavor and creamy texture to the chicken.
Can I marinate the chicken for a shorter time?
While marinating the chicken overnight in milk or buttermilk allows for better flavor absorption, you can marinate it for at least 1-2 hours if you’re short on time.
Can I use other types of cheese?
If you prefer, you can use different cheeses, such as shredded cheddar or a blend of cheeses.
However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly.
Can I make this recipe in advance?
Yes, you can partially prepare the dish by marinating the chicken and mixing the mayonnaise mixture ahead of time.
Store them separately in the refrigerator, and when ready to cook, proceed with steps 3 and 4.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
While it’s best to enjoy the chicken fresh, you can freeze any leftover cooked chicken in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months.
Thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.
Can I use skin-on chicken breasts instead of boneless chicken breasts?
Yes, you can use skin-on chicken breasts if you prefer.
Keep in mind that the skin will add extra flavor and may affect the cooking time slightly.
Can I use other types of seasoning or herbs?
Absolutely! Feel free to customize the seasoning to your taste.
You can try different herbs like thyme, rosemary, or paprika to add variety to the flavor.
Can I use other types of cheese in the recipe?
Yes, you can experiment with different types of cheese.
Mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses can be used instead of or in combination with Parmesan for a different taste.
Can I grill the chicken instead of baking it?
Yes, you can grill the chicken instead of baking it.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it?
While the chicken is best when served fresh, you can prepare the mayonnaise mixture and marinate the chicken in advance.
When ready to cook, follow the baking instructions.
Reheating the leftovers may result in slightly different texture, but it can still be enjoyed.