Moist Cheddar – Garlic Oven Fried Chicken Breast for 8 People

  • Estimated preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Estimated cooking time: 50 minutes
  • Total cooking time: 60 minutes
  • Serves:  8 people

If garlic, cheese, and chicken breasts appeal to your family unit, then this is the ideal recipe for you. The outcome is deliciously moist and tender chicken breast that appeals even to those who don’t love chicken. This recipe is ideal for a large number of people, making it perfect when your extended family comes knocking.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon white or seasoning salt
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder (use more or less depending on the preferences of the visitors)
  • 1 ½  teaspoon of plain or seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup excellent grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 pieces of chicken breasts

Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to approximately 350° Fahrenheit or 176° Celsius.
  2. Oil up the cast iron skillet (for frying all the breasts in one go) or the 11 x 7-inch pan (you will have to fry four pieces at a time).
  3. The oil should be about 1 and 1 ½ inches in depth. It should come up the sides of the pan to no more than a third of the depth.
  4. Using a mixing bowl, mix up the melted butter with salt and 2 teaspoons of the fresh minced garlic.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs, 1 cup of the grated cheddar and Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder and ground pepper to a separate bowl and mix them.
  6. Dip the chicken breasts first in the butter mixture then the crumb mixture.
  7. Place the breasts in the pan and fry while uncovered for between 40 and 50 minutes. Larger breasts might require a longer frying time.
  8. Top up the chicken with shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  9. Place the breasts on a platter and serve while hot with chips, French fries, red wine or hot coffee. Alternatively, have it simply the way it is.

Tips to Make it Perfect

  1. Don’t start dipping the chicken in the mixes straight from the freezer. Doing this reduces the temperature of the oil and the chicken cooks unevenly. You can’t attain a crispy skin with frozen chicken. The remedy – let the breasts sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before proceeding.
  2. Never skip the breadcrumbs. If you want the breasts to be extra crispy and crunchy, keep the breadcrumbs on. Additionally, make sure you follow the proper order of dipping.
  3. Drain the chicken on a wire rack set placed over a baking sheet as opposed to using paper towels. Drying the chicken on the wire makes it soggy due to the steam it generates. Give the chicken about 10 minutes for the perfect crunchy bite.
  4. If you prefer your chicken cold, make sure it cools to room temperature before putting it into the fridge.
  5. Take time and don’t use any shortcuts. Follow the steps to the latter. Give the chicken pieces enough room to fry evenly. Frying chicken breasts is fun, make sure to enjoy yourself.

Bonus

Chicken breasts are a darling to many chefs – they cook quickly, are cheap and easy to get. However, the plain chicken breast is boring – you need to spice it up a bit. A caution, though, don’t go skinless and boneless, because the skin and the bone keep the chicken meat moist as it cooks. The breast has little fat; therefore, it needs all the assistance from the bones and the skin. You can take time and enjoy Cooking with Noah to access expert secret recipes and cooking tips to make you a better cook, both as a hobby and professionally.

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