Friday, March 13, 2015

Hellmann's Parmesan Crusted Chicken Done My Way.

You know the commercial, mom makes a dish with chicken slathered in mayonnaise, some type of coating added, baked and her kids go ga-ga over it.  I finally decided I was going to try it out.  I printed out a copy of the recipe and looked it over; I didn't understand why the seasoned Italian bread crumbs.  Then at the bottom there were options mentioned, and one was, ""Omit Parmesan cheese for magically moist chicken".  Now I'm really confused, how can it be named "Parmesan Crusted Chicken" without the Parmesan cheese?  Or was the name now, "Magically Moist Chicken" because the cheese was omitted?  You have to love advertising people and the things they come up with to confuse the heck out of us.

First off, I'm going to post the Hellmann's recipe with the options; then I will post my recipe which is straight forward and without confusion.  I call my recipe simply "Parmesan Chicken" as these are the two main actors; the other ingredients are the supporting cast.

Hellmann's Parmesan Crusted Chicken


• 1/2 cup Hellmann's or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
• 4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs


1.Preheat oven to 425°.
2.Combine Hellmann's or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with Mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
3.Bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.

SMART TIP: For the Hellmann’s taste you love with the goodness of olive oil, substitute Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil.

Time saving Tip: Try making this dish with thin-cut boneless skinless chicken breasts! Prepare as above, decreasing bake time to 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

TIP: Omit Parmesan cheese and have "Magically Moist Chicken" on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Now for my recipe:

Parmesan Chicken


1 (6 oz.) bag shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 cup mayonnaise with olive or canola oil
6 (4 oz.) portions of boneless, skinless chicken breasts


Preheat oven to 350F; spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

On a large plate, combine cheese, black pepper and garlic powder.  Brush mayonnaise on underside of chicken, press onto cheese mixture.  Turn chicken to skin side up, brush with mayonnaise, press onto cheese mixture; lay on baking sheet with underside down.  Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Side Dish:  Prepare 2 (4.4 oz.) packages of Knorr Pasta Sides - Pasta Alfredo; decrease
water needed by one cup.  Instead, add one (8 oz.) package of frozen broccoli cuts; cook according to Knorr directions.  The moisture from the frozen broccoli will substitute for the one cup not added.

Mary Cokenour

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