- 3 + cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil (virgin oil is best for this)
- 1 cup bread crumbs (panko bread crumbs would be fun to use)
- 1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, grated1/4 c. parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Chicken pieces as desired (If unsure try 4-6 breasts or 6-8 thighs)
- Smash garlic with the flat edge of a chef knife to loosen the paper peel.
- Remove peel and then chop garlic into smallish pieces (doesn’t have to be perfect) Combine garlic and oil.
- Recommended, but optional: cook in a small sauce pan on low for 5-10 min – stop if garlic begins to brown and allow to cool before touching the oil!
- Mix bread crumbs, cheeses, salt and pepper.
- Dip chicken in oil, then dip it in the crumb mixture and place in shallow baking dish.
- Pretty sure after all the chicken was ready, grandma always poured the extra oil into the pan... yum!
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until done (about 30-45 or when breasts are at 165, thighs at 170).
- Baking time will depend on size of chicken pieces, so check frequently.
- You could always broil at the end if the chicken is done but you’d like a more golden brown finish.
Make some garlic mashed or roasted potatoes and steamed spinach for side dishes.
If your parmesan comes in a can, try buying some authentic aged cheese from the cheese counter and grate it using a Microplane, the best grating tool ever!