Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Paula's Baked Ham & Cheese Chicken

I really like Paula Deen and I think she makes normal, everyday foods (unlike a lot of the tv food chefs). I have tried a few of her recipes already, and really enjoyed this one. Chicken and ham are my two favorite meats, so I knew this would be a hit even before I tried the first bite. The recipe is super easy (just like all of the others)! It tastes like yummy, cool weather comfort food. I really like the seasoning flavor as well. It's very lightly breaded, but very heavily yum-o!

4 chicken breasts (I used very big chicken breasts from a family-sized chicken pack)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Paula Deen House Seasoning (I didn't have this and left it out)
2 eggs, beaten
Hot sauce (only used a few shakes)
1 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons Greek Seasoning, recipe follows
1 cup grated Parmesan
Olive oil (didn't use - see note below)
4 slices ham (I bought the small packs of mini ham steaks)
4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (I used dried)
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Greek Seasoning: 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Dredge the chicken breasts in flour seasoned with House Seasoning, then dip in egg wash with hot sauce, to taste, then dredge in a mixture of bread crumbs, Greek Seasoning, and Parmesan. Brown the chicken on each side in a skillet with olive oil on medium-high heat. After frying, transfer chicken to a sheet pan. (**NOTE: I didn't fry the chicken...to make it healthier, I just sliced the chicken in half and baked in at 375 degrees for 15 minutes**) Top with 1 slice of ham, 1 teaspoon chopped parsley and 1 slice of mozzarella cheese. Place in oven at 375 for 10-15 minutes, just until cheese melts and starts to get bubbly.
Source: Paula Deen

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