Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Basil Parmesan Chicken

I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to cook chicken and this is definitely fits the bill. I got this recipe from Yummy Fun and think it is fabulous. The parmesan mixture on the chicken is so darn good!

Basil Parmesan Chicken

4 chicken breasts
dry Italian seasoning mix
sliced tomato (I used 2 roma tomatoes sliced fairly thin)

Basil Parmesan Sauce:
1/3 cup mayonnaise (reduced fat works great)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
1 clove garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)
handful fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped

Parmesan Noodles:
8 0z angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
garlic salt, to taste
fresh grated Parmesan, to taste

Lightly oil a 9x13 baking dish (I used probably 2 teaspoons of oil and spread it around with a paper towel). Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Rub a generous amount of dry Italian seasoning mix on both sides of each chicken breast. Place chicken into the 9x13 baking dish and lay tomato slices on chicken.

In a bowl combine mayonnaise, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, fresh basil, lemon pepper, seasoned salt, and artichokes. Scoop this mixture evenly onto the chicken breasts. Cover baking dish with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

While chicken is baking cook angel hair pasta according to package directions. Rinse and put into a big bowl. Toss noodles with olive oil and then add garlic salt and Parmesan cheese to taste. Serve chicken over noodles.

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