Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Broiled Parmesan and Lemon Chicken

As a parent, I look forward to milestones like first smile, walking, reading, losing a tooth, etc.  Well, another one is the first time I tell one of my kids to try licking a lemon.  Priceless!  Yes, this may result in trust issues for the rest of my poor children's lives, but I get a good kick out of their little puckered faces.  Muah-ha-ha.  

This chicken had a subtle lemon flavor.  It was great.  The broiled Parmesan mixture on top gave the chicken great flavor, and it was very moist.  It's also ready in about 20 minutes- including prep time!  Oh yeah!  

Broiled Parmesan and Lemon Chicken

1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 T butter, softened
3 T mayonnaise
2 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 t dried basil
1/8 t pepper
1/4 t salt
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat the broiler to high.  Place aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the Parmesan, softened butter, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.  Add the basil, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

If the chicken breasts are really thick, slice them in half horizontally.  This way, the chicken will cook more evenly.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.  Position the rack a few inches from the heating element.  Broil the chicken for 4-5 minutes on the first side.  Flip it and cook it for 3-4 more minutes or until almost cooked through.  

Remove the cookie sheet and top with the Parmesan mixture.  Broil for another 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is starting to brown and bubble.  Mmm...   Make sure the chicken is cooked through.  It's done!

This is delicious served with lemon cream pasta (I'll post later), bread, and a salad.  It was amazing!

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