Thursday, August 1, 2013

What's Cooking- Cheesy Chicken

There is a restaurant that we love to go to around here called the PowerLine. And they have a dish called cheesy chicken that we all love. But it is so expensive to eat out with a family of six that we figured out how to make our own version. And I make two versions- one with bacon and one without. So I am going to tell you how to make both today.
Cheesy Chicken With Bacon
What you  need:
Chicken Breast (all depends on the size of your family. I use between 8 and 10)
Two cups of Mozzarella (shredded)
Two cups of Parmasian (shredded)
Two containers of Feta (crumbled)
Bacon cooked and crumbled (again how much depends on how many you are feeding.)
Salt and Pepper OR Chicken parmesian (can you tell I don't know how to spell it) seasoning

What you do:
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

You can cook the bacon one of two ways. Fry it in the skillet or put it on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins. But you want it crispy and easily crumbled or cut up. 

Butterfly the chicken breast and then put it in a bag with the seasonings you chose (I sometimes use Italian dressing) and coat it. 
Now get out the skillet and spray it with PAM or put a little oil in the bottom and swish it around until the bottom is covered. 
Brown the chicken breast on both sides. 

Meanwhile, get out a 9X13 casserole dish or two and spray them down with PAM. 

When the chicken breast is browned, place it on a plate with a paper towel (the kind that have the Georgia Pacific label are the best i.e. Brawny) and let the oil drain. By the time you finish all the chicken breast your bacon should be done. Take it out and drain it. Let everything cool just a minute or two and then crumble the bacon. 

Now take a chicken breast and fill the middle with Feta and bacon crumbles. Close it up and put it in the casserole dish. Repeat with all the chicken breast. 

Take the remaining Feta and sprinkle the top of the chicken breast. Then cover the chicken breasts with the parmasian and mozzarella. And sprinkle any remaining bacon on the top. 

Put it in the oven and bake it for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is done and the cheese is melted. 

To make the dish without the bacon is easy. 

Same ingredients except the bacon. 

Don't butterfly the chicken breast. 

Don't stuff the middle with cheese and bacon.

Don't add bacon to the top.

Do everything else the same. 

That is my cheesy chicken. I actually prefer it with bacon but tend to cook it without when we have company coming. I don't know why.

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