We’ve all seen the mayonnaise ad that tells us to smear mayo on chicken, cover with cheese, and bake to create the “juiciest chicken”, right? If you haven’t, here’s a link to see what they do. I had been viewing that ad for ages and finally decided to put my own twist on something that would be a simple yet fun adaptation. My final product was similar to the original, but I thought it had some really tasty flavors going on. See what you think…
I started with two partially frozen chicken breasts (the kind you can get in the big bag from those warehouse stores?) and sliced them across to open them up like an envelope. I didn’t want to cut them the entire way through, although I certainly could have done that to create four separate servings. Feel free to tackle this step however you like. I laid them on a piece of foil (I really hate to clean baking sheets, so I use foil anytime I can) and flattened them with my hands.
I then mixed the creamy topping that would be the “sauce” to hold the cheese onto the chicken. For this recipe I used mayonnaise, dijon mustard, red wine, and dried parsley. I blended it all together with a whisk and then brushed the mixture all over the top of the chicken breasts to cover them evenly. Using a packaged blend of cheddar and colby, I spread the cheese over both chicken breasts and then topped them with salt and pepper.
Since the chicken was so large, I decided to keep things simple and just roast some green string beans as the accompaniment for this dinner. I could have easily added mashed or baked potatoes, but I really wanted the chicken to be the star. To make the beans, I grabbed another baking sheet and lined it with foil (easy cleanup, folks… this is my favorite thing about foil!) and spread out the beans on the sheet. I then sprayed the beans with cooking spray and topped with salt & pepper.
Baking this dinner was also pretty easy. I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and baked the chicken for about 40-45 minutes. I popped the beans into the oven underneath the chicken after the first 10 minutes, so they were cooking for 30-35 minutes. NOTE: I’ve been under-cooking beans lately, so I went a little overboard on the beans this time – will probably back their cook time down to 20-25 minutes next time, but they were still tasty.
Once dinner was done and plated, I got rave reviews from my husband about the chicken. It was still juicy but cooked through, full of flavor and simply delicious. Changing out the flavors and using different ingredients for the “sauce” will be done next time, but this is a great way to start. Try using white wine, horseradish mustard, different spices, anything that your family likes is fair game in this one. You could even make it into an Italian version with italian spices and an Italian blend of cheeses… it’s really all up to you. Enjoy and let me know what you try!