Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheesy Chicken

Today is National Cheese Lovers Day!!! 
Are you a cheese lover? 
OF COURSE YOU ARE! Who isn't? 
(oh wait....sorry lactose intolerant friends. Love you.)
Since this is the day of cheesy lovins, I decided this was the opportune time to share this recipe-a major favorite with Michael and I! I learned how to make this from his mom (Mama Maria). She made it up. Supposedly this dish began as Chicken Marsala....and somehow morphed into just chicken, breading, cheese, chicken broth OM NOM NOM NOMSS!
Cheesy Chicken
 You just brown some cut up chicken breasts really quickly...
Cheesy Chicken
 Then cover in LOTS of cheese, and pour on some chicken broth. And bake, of course.
Cheesy Chicken
I tried this for the first time at Mama Maria's house, within the first month of Michael and I dating. I was not prepared for how much I would love it! It became a thing that Michael and I bonded over while long distance-we would "cook dinner together" with this recipe, in different cities, but somehow it made us feel closer.
And you know...it was a great excuse for a tasty dinner.
It really has next to nothing in common with Chicken Marsala.
Just preparing you.
But it's like, way better!
Mama Maria is kind of a genius.

 Cheesy Chicken

A Mama Maria original


Cheesy Chicken
Ingredients:
  • About 10-15 boneless,skinless chicken pieces (tenderloins or cut up breasts, whatever you like)-depending on size. Enough to fill a 9 x 13 dish.
  • Eggs mixed with water (1 or 2-however many you need to coat the chicken)
  • Italian style seasoned breadcrumbs (enough for the chicken, use your judgement)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese-to taste.
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth OR 2 bouillon cubes + 2 cups water
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put eggs in one bowl and breadcrumbs in another.
  • Have chicken pieces ready.
  • Put some oil in a pan and heat.
  • Dip chicken in eggs, then coat in breadcrumbs.
  • Brown both sides of chicken in pan.
  • Put browned chicken in 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • Once all the chicken is in, put as much cheese on top as you like (I usually use 1.5-2 packages).
  • Pour broth over entirety.
  • Cover casserole dish with foil and bake 50 minutes.
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