Parmesan Dijon Chicken
Parmesan dijon chicken is a recipe I started making shortly after Nathan and I started dating, so it has a huge place in my heart/comfort place. This really was one of the absolute first things we ever made together. This chicken recipe is easily a favorite!
He picked his favorite meal the first time, and the second one was mine, which was this parmesan dijon chicken dish right here. Very quickly, it became a staple in our meal rotations and has remained there since, and that was 14 years ago.
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Have you tried this delicious and easy parmesan dijon chicken recipe? Come on in and let me tell you about it!
Parmesan Dijon Chicken Ingredients
½ pound of chicken breast I have used large breast pieces, but I prefer tender size pieces. Just note that the size will alter the cooking time.
¼ cup butter, or ½ a stick
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
Parmesan Dijon Chicken Directions
I always start with my breadcrumb/cheese mixture. Mix the two in a shallow bowl and set aside. Melt the butter and then mix it with the mustard in a second shallow bowl. I usually just whisk it together with a small salad fork and it works just fine.
Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. If I am doing full size breast pieces, a smaller/square pan works great. If I’m doing tenders, I need more room, so I use a bigger pan. They all need to sit side by side and be flat in the pan.
I then bread my chicken by dipping it in butter and mustard, then coat it in the cheese and breadcrumb mixture and set in the baking dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the chicken is cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees and is white all the way through, no pink. The size of your chicken pieces will be what determines how long it needs to cook.
You can let them rest for a few, or serve immediately. When I cook with butter or cheese, I have a tendency to go all out, and I’ll pair this with a loaded mashed potato cups and some parmesan roasted asparagus. I mean, why not? The oven is already on, the cheese is flowing, it’s just perfect.
This parmesan dijon chicken dish holds a special place in my narrow little world not only because it was one of the first things Nathan and I ever made together, but it was the start of an ongoing tradition of making dinners together, which we still do even today. Whenever he has a day off, which is somewhat sporadic, we plan dinners together in advance to make that day.
Rarely is it something that either of us make on our own. It is typically something we make together and that is not only quality time together, it is memories.
This was also very much the start of my deep love of cooking. I’ve always been good at cooking, kind of a natural talent. But not something I took seriously either. It was more that I can do basic things so I don’t starve, but never had any passion or joy in doing it.
But after making this for Nathan and loving it, it made me really want to develop that skill into something big. Kind of showing off my skills when we were dating. From there my skills have grown and I’ve always loved trying new things and developing those new meals that easily become staples in our house.
I made this parmesan dijon chicken again for Nathan just a couple of days ago, and he commented on it, calling it comforting. Which I have to admit, warmed my heart a bit. Food really is love. It brings joy, conjures up memories, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Why I Love This Recipe
As I look back over the last fourteen years with my husband, I am reminded of the fact that we’ve made our own traditions as we have grown together. This is one of those things I take great pride, comfort, and joy in. That is what life is all about. Creating memories and traditions that bring us joy and happiness so many years later.
Food is something that brings all of us together. Couples, families, even friends. I hosted a dinner with my husband and friends recently, and I was reminded of this once again. Sharing laughter, playing games, making a great dinner. Food is always at the center of get-togethers.
Which is why sharing my favorite recipes is so important to me. It brings me joy, and I hope I get to play a small part in you creating new traditions or making a special meal for your family and friends as well.
It really reminded me that is where I am the happiest. Being in my kitchen and able to create those amazing memories with my family and my friends. I am right where I need to be because I get to do that. It is easily my comfort zone.
Have you made this parmesan dijon recipe yourself? What is your favorite food that brings up the happiest memories? Tell me about it in the comments. I love hearing stories about recipes or dishes that give you this same kind of joy! This is an easy and fun dish to do, and I hope you enjoy it as much as Nathan and I do.
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