Baked Parmesan Caesar Chicken

The last two weeks have been intense. I’ve been trying to finish up my cookbook and hit the deadline to my publisher. Even though I’ve been working on it since the summer, there are some things that just can’t be done until the end. I’ve been pulling really late nights. I don’t think there was a single night in the last two weeks that I went to bed before 2AM. The night before the manuscript was due I didn’t go to bed at all. I haven’t done that since college. My kids came down to go to school in the morning and there I was still plugging away. I wore the same clothes for two days and the only time I stopped was to nurse or to eat whatever my husband was making me eat.

I knew it was bad when my 4-year-old looked at me funny and said, “Mom,…did you go swimming?”

“Um. No.”

Why is your hair all wet?“, he asked confused.

Because mommy needs to wash it.” And this is coming from the girl who washes her hair everyday religiously even though I’ve been told how bad it is for your hair. Now that’s serious. And I can’t believe I told you that.

Being slightly burned out and still having to feed my family, I wanted to make something REALLY simple for dinner that didn’t hurt my brain. The best recipes are usually the ones that you have memorized. This Parmesan Caesar Chicken comes from my niece-in-law (yup that’s a thing) Aimee who worked at a reception center in Utah where they served this chicken. She’s actually has her culinary arts degree and is a great cook.

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Baked Parmesan Caesar Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup creamy Caesar dressing (I like Gardini's and Brianna's Asiago Caesar)
  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing (the actual dressing, not the mix. Like Kraft's Zesty Italian)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (or grated)
  • 1 cup garlic crouton crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor or blender crush croutons until fine crumbs.
  3. In a shallow bowl combine the Caesar and Italian dressings. Set aside.
  4. In another shallow bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese and crouton crumbs. You can use grated Parmesan if you don't have shredded.
  5. Take each chicken breast and dredge it in the dressing mixture and then roll it in the crumb mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is done.

Notes

The measurements are approximate. You just need equal parts Caesar/Italian dressing and equal parts Parmesan cheese/garlic crouton crumbs. Also, whenever I cook chicken that has a crumb mixture I prefer to cook it on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet so that the crumb mixture doesn't get soggy.

Source: Aimee at The Level 3 Chef

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  1. Ain’t a fan of chicken her, but a total cheese lover! I might try it with turkey breast instead :)
    Andre @ http://andresthehomebaker.blogspot.hk/

  2. The memorized recipes really are the best ones aren’t they?

    PS, I totally feel you on the greasy hair. Us blondes have it tough. I’m excited to read your cookbook Christy! It’s going to be awesome.

  3. Love how simple and delicious this recipe is to make. Congrats on finishing your cookbook :)

  4. Nice recipe, Christy. Thank you and have a great Monday!

  5. Man, I hope you can get some rest soon! That sounds brutal!
    But, I love me a delicious and quick chicken dish and this looks like just that! Adding in some cheese never hurts either!

  6. Yeah…you are crazy!! I can’t remember the last time I pulled an all-nighter! So excited for you and your cookbook and can’t wait to see it! Have fun in Hawaii–you deserve a vaca!!

  7. ohhhh… so yummilicious ! simple and delicious : just as i love !

  8. Is it 1/2 CUP Zesty Italian? 1/2 packet?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      It’s actually the prepared dressing. Not the dry mix. Like Kraft’s Italian dressing in a bottle.

  9. Congrats on finishing up your cookbook! Hope you get a chance to rest and recover!
    Love this simple chicken dish, perfect for crazy weeknights!

  10. I’m going to make that soon! It looks great and I love crusted chicken!

  11. I feel you on the hair thing. I’m the same way! But I’m definitely putting this chicken on my menu. It sounds delicious!

  12. Buahahahaha. My daughter asked me if I had taken a shower not too long ago and when I told her no, she asked why my hair was wet. Yes, Mommy needs a shower. Three days ago.

    I love chicken like this with breadcrumbs, but I’m definitely tryin’ the croutons. My hubs LOVES creamy Caesar dressing (Ken’s is our fave), so he’ll be all over it. And the kids might actually NOT turn up their noses. :)

  13. I love Caesar salads so I cannot wait to try this. Going on my dinner menu for this week!

  14. 1/2 a bottle or cup or packed of Italian Dressing? Can’t wait to try it!

  15. That looks delicious and easy! I’ll have to try it soon.

  16. I made it last night, but with ranch instead of ceasar dressing. It was great! Thanks for the super easy recipe!

  17. When does you cookbook come out? I can’t wait to try it!

  18. Looking forward to your cookbook!

  19. This looks so good I love chicken and Parmesan recipes. Can’t wait to try it out!

  20. OMG! I made very similar chicken the other night because I didn’t have any bread crumbs on hand and wanted ‘crunchy’ chicken so I crushed up croutons. Great minds think alike! AANNNDDD OMG so excited for you and your cookbook!!!!!!! I remember talking to you about writing a cookbook at Blogher last summer and I am so happy for you that it is in the works! Can’t wait to read/cook from it!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Thank you Heather! I think I said at BlogHer that I wouldn’t ever write one…guess I changed my mind.