My mom used to make this delicious chicken and we were recently reminded of it when the same recipe was sent in a recent Homechef order.
Chicken breast can be tricky to cook. If you cook it even one minute past it’s “done” point, it can become dry and chewy. Then it freaks me out that someone will choke on it. But undercooking it freaks me out too!🤦🏼♀️
For years, this finicky cut of meat was my least favorite to prepare, besides pork loin (which I also tend to dry out!). But this recipe serves up melt in your mouth GOOD chicken every single time. And it literally could NOT be easier to make. It never disappoints and every time I serve it to guests, they’re blown away by how juicy and flavorful it is.
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in pan over med-high heat.
Season chicken breast halves with salt and pepper on both sides.
Add chicken to pan and brown both sides.
Once evenly browned (not cooked through!) transfer to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Spread mayo liberally on top side of breast halves.
Crush crackers in sleeve and sprinkle over chicken with mayo.
Press crackers into mayo to create a crust.
Bake for 10 minutes (for smaller breasts) or 15-20 minutes (for larger breasts) until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F.
I used to always use the regular Ritz crackers and they work amazing. Someone accidentally bought a box of the Ritz Everything crackers in our house, so I gave them a shot and man! They upped the flavor even more. They just add the nicest touch of seasoning I didn't know that I needed.
Let's talk about parchment paper. It's obviously not required, you can just spray your pan with cooking oil... But that requires some scrubbing to be done. You could also line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil... But I try to not use foil whenever possible. Parchment paper has become this cook's best friend. It makes my life so much easier and cleaner. I use this brand from Walmart or Publix, because it's unbleached and it works for every single dish I cook!