- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 9-by-13-inch baking dish
- nonstick cooking spray
- plastic wrap
- meat mallet (optional)
- medium bowl
- silicone spatula
- instant-read thermometer
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Next, tenderize the chicken. Wrap the breasts in plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, or the bottom of a skillet, pound until all the chicken breasts are of equal thickness. Unwrap the chicken breasts and place them into the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika.
Using a silicone spatula, spread the mayonnaise mixture over the tops of the chicken breasts.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast will read 165 degrees. Next, broil the chicken breasts under the broiler for 2 minutes until they are slightly browned on top. Serve and enjoy!
Chicken breasts will vary in size and cook at different rates. The difference in size and the cook time may cause the chicken breasts to be undercooked or overcooked. Tenderizing the meat not only helps the chicken to be tender, but it also creates a more even cook.
Melt-in-your-mouth chicken is moist, tender, and big on taste. The seasonings complement the mayonnaise, and the mayo acts as a light moisture barrier, ensuring that the chicken is fork tender. Because the recipe is so simple, it is easily customizable. Here are a few ways you can make this tasty chicken recipe your own.
Changing The Coating On Your Chicken
While mayonnaise can be an excellent option for creating the base of your chicken coating, other ingredients can be used to cut down on fat or provide a more luscious flavor. Instead of mayo, try some of these chicken coatings:
- Greek yogurt
- sour cream
- cream cheese
Adding Extra Spice To Your Chicken Coating
If you’re looking for an added boost of flavor, extra spices can offer a bit of flair to melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Try some of these spices and seasonings to kick the flavors up a notch:
- onion powder
- Italian seasoning
- red chili flakes
- cayenne pepper
- ranch dressing packets
Creating A Crispy Coating
Anyone looking to score some crunch in their chicken can do so in a few ways. Choose from some of these toppings to combine that texture with your delicious coating:
- plain bread crumbs
- Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
- French’s crispy fried onions
More Cheese? Yes, Please!
While there is cheese in the chicken’s coating, cheese lovers will want to pile on some more, and we say go for it!. Look for cheeses that melt nicely, such as:
- Colby Jack
- Monterey Jack
Using Different Cuts Of Chicken
While chicken breasts are used in the melt-in-your-mouth chicken recipe, you can opt to use boneless thighs instead. The dark meat adds a richer chicken flavor and will be just as tender if not more.
What To Serve With Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken
Melt-in-your-mouth chicken works with a number of different sides. Here are a few ideas:
- mac and cheese with green beans
- roasted root vegetables and mashed potatoes
You can also pair your melt-in-your-mouth-chicken with a creamy apple salad. To make the salad, mix the following ingredients and season with salt and pepper:
- 5 ounces baby spinach and arugula salad mix
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 Gala apples, peeled and diced
Melt-in-your-mouth chicken is an easy, delicious recipe that is worth adding to your weekly meal rotation.