Thursday, November 10, 2011

Newlywed Chicken

Don't get excited, there are no new fancy recipes here, and no weddings going on that I know of.

I was going thru my old recipe box, the one that I had when I first got married, 20 years ago, before the invention of computers.

I was not an accomplished cook by any means, but I loved to cook and wanted to learn. I had magazine clippings, typed recipes from friend's mothers on index cards, and some Jewish holiday recipes from my Grandmother in her loving script handwriting all filed in this weathered box.

Today, so many of the recipes seem to be outdated, so many made with cans of soup and no fresh vegetables or salads in site.

But I found this recipe clipped from the label of the Hellman's mayonnaise jar and decided to make it again after all these years. I jazzed it up a bit by adding FRESH Parmigiano Reggiano (not the stuff in the green can) and my own breadcrumbs, along with some fresh herbs from my garden.

It was as good as it used to be. Tried and true. My husband loved it! Maybe that's why he stuck around all these years.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken (from the Hellman's Mayo jar):

4 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
4 tsp of dried seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup of Hellman's mayo

Lay the chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425F.

Mix the mayo with the cheese in a bowl. Spread about a tablespoon of the mayo mixture on each chicken breast and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. (I sprinkled fresh herbs in the mixture for my own twist, and used good cheese from Italy and fresh breadcrumbs).

Bake for 20-25 minutes until nice and crispy.

It's nice to visit old recipes, even though they may not be the lowest in fat or the latest in cooking trends.

This stands up to the test of time. It was easy and delish. Maybe I will make it again in 10 years!


Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love finding old recipes and updating them. It's fascinating how things in food have changed through the years.

Rose said...

Funny, I used to make this all the time, but I felt guilty about it, coating chicken w/ mayo. Felt it was out of style.
I am glad you updated it, I will make it tonight, the kids will go crazy, and it's so easy and good! Thanks for taking the guilt away!

Misty said...

That's funny!! I've been married for over 20 years too and my "recipe" collection was directions on a can! hahaha.

I've made this chicken too but just mayo on the chicken, sprinkle some garlic, chile powder, salt, pepper. Grill it and serve w bbq sauce. My family loves it!

And finally, fat isn't bad for you. Its actually good for you. Weird I know, but true. Trans fats, fried foods, and sugars are the real health killing culprits.

The Japanese Redneck said...

When I saw the title, cheese came to mind...cause I remembered if I put cheese on something back then he would eat it.

The F Girl said...

Looks delicious and so simple. I never thought of using mayonaise on grilled chicken.

Lisa said...

I have been married for 16 years and also received this recipe tucked into a recipe book for a shower gift. Too funny!

Christine said...

Looks yummy. Haven't tried it with parmesan. Usually I mix some crushed garlic, sometimes Dijon into the mayo and grill it. Mmmmm good. Love the crust it gets. I'll have try it with Parmesan soon.

A Melbourne Girl said...

Oooh...I like that one and I have some Hellmann's in the fridge. I think I'll give it a go this weekend

Joanne said...

My mom made a lot of chicken cutlets when I was little but never with mayo! I'll have to let her in on this little secret.

galit said...

I made that recipe for home ec. back in junior high (I feel so very old now) - thanks for the memories!

Rosemary said...

"Tried and true" may not always be culinary genius but it sure does please a crowd. This was a staple in my house growing up -- and it was easy to turn to on a fishing trip in the boonies where ingredients need to be minimal!

Oui Chef said...

In my world, there is nothing a little Hellmans can't make better. This reminds me of a dish my mom used to make, I'll need to cook this for her next time she's in town.

Eileen said...

Oh, yum...