Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken 

Introduction:

Indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure with our exquisite Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken recipe. This mouthwatering dish combines the rich flavors of garlic, Parmesan, and tender chicken, creating a sensational dining experience that will leave your guests asking for seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts Breading:
  •     4 tbsp Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR almond flour (60 mL)
  •     2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, kind in a canister (30 mL)
  •     1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
  •     1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL) Garlic Butter Parmesan Sauce:
  •     2 tbsp butter (30 mL)
  •     3 tbsp crushed garlic (45 mL)
  •     11/4 cups chicken stock (300 mL)
  •     1 cup whipping cream (250 mL)
  •     1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (60 mL)
  •     2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (30 mL)
  •     1/2 tsp dried cilantro, OR dried parsley (2 mL)
  •     2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro, OR parsley (10 mL)

Directions:

  1. Slice chicken breasts in half longitudinally. In small bowl
  2. Combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR almond flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper.
  3. Using a spoon, spoon mix on both sides of chicken cutlets.

  In hot olive oil, in large frying pan, place all chicken cutlets and cook on both sides, turning frequently until golden brown and almost cooked throughout.

Garlic Butter Parmesan Sauce:

  1. In another frying pan, in butter, and over medium low heat stir fry garlic until turning golden. Add chicken stock, whipping cream, Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese along with dried cilantro, OR dried parsley.
  2. Cook until cheeses are mixed in well and melted.
  3. Add chicken and cook in the sauce 1 to 2 minutes, until the chicken is tender and white throughout when cutting into a piece.
  4. Make sure not to overcook the chicken.
  5. Check it! Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro, OR parsley and serve.

Serving Tips:

1. Garnish with Fresh Herbs:

Before serving, sprinkle chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives on top. This not only adds a pop of color but also enhances the overall freshness of the dish.

2. Pair with Complementary Sides:

Serve the Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken over your favorite pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. The creamy sauce complements these sides beautifully, creating a well-rounded meal.

3. Crusty Bread on the Side:

Provide some crusty bread or garlic bread as an accompaniment. It’s perfect for soaking up the delicious sauce and ensures no drop goes to waste.

4. Simple Salad:

Balance the richness of the dish with a simple green salad dressed in a light vinaigrette. The crispness of the salad adds a refreshing contrast.

5. Lemon Wedges:

Offer lemon wedges on the side for those who enjoy a hint of citrus. Squeezing fresh lemon over the chicken can brighten the flavors.

Storage Tips:

1. Refrigeration:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Ensure it’s consumed within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.

2. Freezing:

While the creamy sauce may separate slightly upon thawing, you can freeze the dish in a freezer-safe container for up to 1-2 months. Reheat gently on the stove, stirring occasionally to recombine the sauce.

3. Separate Components:

If storing for an extended period, consider separating the chicken and sauce. This prevents the chicken from becoming overly saturated and ensures a better texture upon reheating.

4. Reheating:

When reheating, use low to medium heat on the stove to avoid curdling the sauce. If needed, add a splash of chicken broth or cream to restore the original consistency.

5. Fresh Garnishes:

Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs or a touch of Parmesan after reheating to revive the visual appeal and enhance the flavors.

By following these serving and storage tips, you’ll ensure that your Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken maintains its deliciousness from the first serving to the last bite, whether enjoyed immediately or as delightful leftovers.

FAQs:

1. Can I use bone-in chicken for this recipe?

While boneless, skinless chicken breasts are recommended for this dish, you can use bone-in chicken with adjusted cooking times. Keep in mind that bone-in cuts may require a slightly longer cooking duration to ensure they are fully cooked.

2. Can I substitute heavy cream with a lighter alternative?

Yes, you can use alternatives like half-and-half or whole milk for a lighter version. However, keep in mind that this may result in a less creamy consistency. Experiment with proportions to achieve your desired balance of richness and lightness.

3. Can I make this dish ahead of time for a dinner party?

Absolutely! Prepare the Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat gently on the stove before serving. You may need to add a bit of chicken broth or cream while reheating to maintain the desired consistency.

4. Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in a suitable container. However, be aware that the creamy sauce might separate slightly upon thawing. Reheat the dish on the stove over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, to restore the original consistency.

5. Are there any gluten-free options for this recipe?
Yes, you can easily make this dish gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta or serving it over rice or mashed potatoes. Ensure that other ingredients, such as chicken broth and any additional seasonings, are also gluten-free if needed.

 

Conclusion:

Our Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken recipe is a symphony of flavors that will captivate your senses. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or preparing a special meal for your loved ones, this dish promises to be a gastronomic delight. Treat yourself to the creamy, cheesy goodness of this recipe and savor each bite – it’s a culinary experience worth savoring!