I technically only work four days a week. You might think that would mean that I have lots of free time to relax, spend time with friends and follow my favorite tv shows, but this is not the case. Between cooking classes, blogging, festival demos, pets, exchange students and taking care of a house and yard, relaxing is all too rare. The funny thing about being a food blogger is that after spending hours each week on recipe testing and food photography, I sometimes don’t feel like putting much work in for dinner time. That’s when recipes like this come in so handy. Check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean.
It’s unfortunately true that my days off are rarely restful, although I must point out that my husband typically does most of the laundry and dishes (for which I’m forever grateful!). The days that I work for the City of Auburn are often even more crazy, so it’s important to me to have a few mindless recipes that require minimal work for those days that I need to make sure cooking dinner doesn’t overwhelm me.
This Parmesan chicken recipe is one that I’ve been making for years. I’m not sure if I first got it from a jar of Hellmann’s or if someone taught it to me, but it’s definitely a go to recipe in our family. Sometimes, like in the video and photos, I’ll serve it on top of a bed of lettuce with our favorite Caesar dressing. Other times I’ll serve it as is with a side of steamed vegetables like broccoli, asparagus or green beans and some whole wheat bread. I also use only half a breast per person which greatly reduces the calories and fat per serving.
No matter how I dish it up (or how Eric dishes it up), everyone always ends up satisfied and we always marvel at how moist and juicy the chicken breast ends up. Plus it takes less than five minutes of prep time! We love the recipe and, when I don’t have time to make homemade mayonnaise, Hellmann’s has always been our brand of choice. So when they contacted me about promoting their Chicken Change Up, I was thrilled to take part.
Their Facebook page has tons of easy recipes, tips, and videos from Celebrity Chef Tim Love. Plus, of course, there are lots of giveaways! You can enter daily to win a $50 grocery gift card. And a grand prize of a $5000 grocery gift card! That could cover your groceries for more than year!!!
From now until April 30, 2012, you can participate in the Hellmann’s® Chicken Change-up by trying one of the featured Hellmann’s® chicken recipes, sharing your recipe reviews and providing your own advice for managing dinnertime obstacles. After participating, you can enter into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a $5000 grocery store gift card and other daily prizes.
So give the recipe a try and go share what you think with Hellmann’s. I’ll also have a couple more Hellmann’s recipes for you in the next month, plus an awesome giveaway package that’s perfect for picky eaters.
I’d love to know, what are your secrets for cooking dinner when your short on time?
Parmesan Chicken RecipePrep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup
Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise (or Light Mayonnaise)
- 1/4 cup
grated Parmesan cheese
boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
- 4 tsp
Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl.
- Arrange chicken on baking sheet and evenly top with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
- Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees).
Approximate cost/serving: It’s $5-7 for the recipe depending on whether you buy your chicken in bulk and on sale. Let’s say you do, at four servings it’s $1.25 a serving. If you serve half a breast per person like I do with lots of vegetables, then it’s only 63 cents a serving!
Gluten Free: You can make this gluten free by using a gluten free bread crumb like ground rice chex or gluten free waffles.
This is a sponsored post but, as always, all opinions expressed are my own!