Thursday, February 26, 2009

Garlic and Cheese Chicken

I made for dinner tonight one of my favorite recipes. So, I thought I would share. Please don't rely entirely on the picture when deciding on whether or not you want to try it. I am not the best photographer and if you could only smell the aroma of this dish, it would complete the picture. It is very simple and tastes soooo good.

1 tbsp butter
1 clove of garlic, minced
3 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
4 tbsp grated parmessan cheese
3 tbsp bread crumbs
2 breasts of chicken with skin on (this usually comes only with the bone in)
salt & pepper

(Note: This is a perfect dish for 2. If you are making it for 4, just double the ingredients! It is that simple)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On the stove, melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and fry gently without browning, stirring for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley, the cheeses, the bread crumbs, & salt and pepper. Carefully loosen the skin around the chicken. Using a spoon, or your hands, stuff the mixutre under the skin. Use equal amounts on each piece of chicken. Arrange the chicken in a large roasting pan. (I would spray some non-stick spray on the bottom of the pan) Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

(Note: If at 30 minutes the tops are looking too brown, cover loosely with a piece of foil for the remaining 15 minutes.)

This dish smells so good cooking and the garlic and cheese has such a good flavor! Enjoy!

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