Saturday, February 12, 2011

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

When I first moved away from home and began cooking on my own, I frequented Kraft Foods recipes often.  One recipe that Frog Prince and I decided early on that we loved was their Parmesan-Crusted Chicken.

When we started cooking more from scratch this recipe began collecting dust in my old fashioned (yet dearly loved) recipe box.  A few weeks ago, I was inspired to make this recipe again, only this time I would attempt to make my own sauce.

We took one bite and we knew this would make it back into our regular meal rotation!  As an aside, it would be perfect for Valentine's Day!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken - Inspired by Kraft Foods

2 C brown rice, uncooked
1 can of chicken broth, divided
6 Ritz or Club Crackers {whole wheat are excellent}
2 T Parmesan cheese
4 chicken breasts
1 T olive oil
1/3 C cream cheese
1 T minced onion
1 T dried chives

Crush up the crackers and combine them with the Parmesan cheese on a plate.

This time I used Club crackers because that is all that we had in our house.  I haven't yet tried this with homemade crackers, but I plan to!

Combine the brown rice with 1 1/4 C chicken broth and 1/2 C water.  Cook according to directions.  I've used my rice cooker for this, but have also used Minute Brown Rice.

Rinse the chicken breasts in water and then coat the chicken in the cracker mix.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Place the chicken into the skillet and cook the chicken for 7-9 minutes on a side.  If your chicken is thin, or you use chicken tenders, reduce the cooking time per side.

 Check the chicken after about 5 minutes because you don't want the crackers to burn.  Turn down the heat if too much browning occurs.  Try not to flip early, though, because that reduces the cheese melting and cracker toasting which is what make the excellent crust.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the cream cheese with the chives and onions.  It's easiest to mix this together ahead of time using softened cream cheese.

If you forget, no worries!  Just place 1/3 C cream cheese into a saucepan, and add in the onion and chives.  Mix in the remaining 1/2 C chicken broth and stir as you slowly melt the cream cheese.  This takes about 10 minutes over medium heat.

Simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Serve the chicken atop the rice.

Then, drizzle the chive and onion sauce over the top.

Enjoy paired with steamed veggies -- roasted asparagus is especially delicious.


Linked to Potluck Sunday, Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Take a Look Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday (2), What's on Your Plate? Full Plate Thursday.  Mouthwatering Monday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Ingredient Spotlight,


  1. Kraft has some great recipes...this one looks delicious! I love the cream sauce you made too!

  2. I am officially in love with this chicken dish! It looks just perfect! The sauce really makes me happy, too :) I've bookmarked this one, it will be made soon!

  3. This looks really great. I like all the flavors in this. A great tasty way to dress up chicken.

  4. YUM!! I am so wanting this right now!! I may need to bump something on my menu and replace it with this. Looks delicious!!

  5. I LOVE parmesan crusted chicken! Actually.. you can crust any meat with a parmesan coating and I would devour it!!

  6. This looks so tasty!

    The Farm Girl

  7. Amazing how awesome you can make rice and chicken look! This would make a fantastic meal!

  8. That looks delicious!! Using parmesan for the crust sounds perfect. :) Visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  9. this recipe sounds delicious thanks for the tutorial

  10. Your pictures are awesome and inviting! I've already printed this recipe and will try it very soon. We love brown rice too...what a great combo. So glad you shared! Found you at Full Plate Thurs - and my middle name is Joy. =)

  11. Hi Sno White,
    It is so much better when we make it ourselves. Your Parmesan Chicken looks so delicious and I am putting it on my plate to try. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday for us to enjoy and please come back!

  12. this looks amazing and this is one of my fav chicken dish! :)

  13. Looks DIVINE!

    I would like to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY on my blog

    "Made it on Monday" you can link up your recipes every WED.-SAT. :)
    There will be prizes often :)

  14. Delish! That sauce looks perfect over the crunchy, cheesy chicken.

  15. I made this tonight... it's awesome! Definitely making it again!

  16. Making this tonight the kids have already devoured the first batch of chicken (I reserved the sauce on their portions) now I am frying up another batch for the hubby and me ;-) This is YUMMO!! Its good both with and without the sauce ;-)


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