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March 07, 2018

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES

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Keep it simple and stress-free with this Sheet Pan Parmesan Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes. With a baking time of 25 minutes, a weeknight dinner is a cinch to put on the table.

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES
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Do you have those days where you wish you could blink your eyes and dinner appears? I certainly do, especially after a long workday and an exhausting commute home. It's all I can do to get the motivation to put dinner on the table. I could always eat a simple salad or leftovers, but my men prefer something more substantial. On those nights, quick and easy meals are a life saver. This sheet pan dinner keeps things simple while providing a delicious, hot, and filling dinner for the family.





To enable quick cooking, boneless skinless chicken breast halves are split into flat cutlets. They are then coated in bread crumbs and grated Parmesan. The chicken is baked on one sheet pan while the simply seasoned vegetables roast in a second. Using two baking sheets avoid overcrowding and  promotes even browning.

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES

To further enhance browning, the chicken is baked on the bottom half of the oven the first 10 minutes. This develops a crust on the bottom of the chicken. The sheet pan is then moved the top shelf during the second half of baking time to allow the top to brown. This method produces chicken that is evenly brown on both sides without having to turn them over, and as a result, the breading remains intact and undamaged from handling.




SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES

Serve this with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice on the asparagus and side of fresh crusty rolls for a perfect, quick and easy weeknight dinner. To be honest, my husband won't touch the veggies and my son might have a little, but that's where I come in. All in all, with this sheet pan dinner, there is something to please everyone, cleanup is easy, and I don't have to break a sweat! It's win-win all around!




SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES   

SHEET PAN PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATOES


INGREDIENTS:

1 cup plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. black pepper, divided
1 tsp. sea salt, divided
3 eggs
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
1 generous tbsp. vegetable oil
cooking spray
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 lb. fresh asparagus
4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon



INSTRUCITONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

In a shallow container, add eggs, water, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Whisk until well blended.

In a second shallow container, add bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend well.

Coat a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.

Cut each breast into two flat cutlets by placing one hand on top of the chicken and making a horizontal cut along the breast with the other. Place cutlet in the bread crumb mixture to coat both sides. Dip in egg mixture. Place back in bread crumbs, coating both sides. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Repeat breading the remaining pieces. Coat the top of the chicken with cooking spray. Bake on the lower half of the oven for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, cut and discard the lower third off each asparagus spear. Place the rest on one half of a baking sheet. Add tomatoes to the other half. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Use hands to gently toss the vegetables to work in oil and seasoning

Once the chicken has baked for 10 minutes. Place the vegetables on the middle rack. Move the chicken to the top rack. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees and the asparagus are tender crisp. Remove from oven. Squeeze lemon over the asparagus.

Serve as is or with crusty bread.

Makes 4 servings.






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14 comments:

  1. I cannot understand people not liking asparagus or even more so tomatoes, although I adore chicken, the most appealing things for me in this case are also the roasted veggies, I can just imagine their flavor. Beautiful idea for dinner, I will keep it in mind.

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    1. I know. I just don't get it either. I love watermelon and can't fathom how anybody could dislike it.

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  2. This looks delicious Thao! That crust on the chicken sounds awesome! We were right next to each other on Foodgawker and I had to come check this chicken out!

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    1. That's awesome, Danielle! I just jumped over to Foodgawker. I love the Instant Pot Corned Beef!!

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  3. parm-y chicken is so good! have you tried using panko before? hands down my favorite kind of breadcrumbs (:

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    1. Not on this particular recipe, Heahter, but you can't go wrong with panko. It only makes things crispier and more delicious! :)

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  4. Sheet pan meals are awesome! I love everything about this meal especially the parmesan crusted chicken. Great tip on moving the sheet pan in the oven so you don't have to flip the chicken over for even browning!

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    1. Thanks Marie! I use the bottom shelf, top shelf method for a lot a things I bake.

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  5. I know those days so well! And usually I just end up eating whatever's in the fridge. . .I'll have to give this a try because it sounds way better than my sad little yogurt :)

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    1. I know the feeling, Kelsie. Yogurts and simple salads hold me over and they are my go-to's but they don't compare to simply made but substantial meals :)

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  6. I know those days, Thao! Some days I so in the mood for cooking and others not so much. This looks delicious and super quick to put together!
    Hubby and I enjoy sheet pans dinners on the regular! Love how everything is literally on one pan and there's not a lot of dishes to clean...though, somehow, just somehow, I tend to make a mess, lol. The parmesan must add such a lovely flavour! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Those are the days I wish I had a person chef.
      Who was it that said, "If you're not making a mess, you're not having fun"? I'm not sure, but you must be having fun Dawn! :) You have a great weekend too!

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  7. I hate to admit it but I have those days more often than not. It is exhausting getting dinner on the table after a full day!! Sheet pan meals and easy dinners like this are the best - can't wait to try this out, Thao!

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    1. To be perfectly honest, I have more of those days than I would like too. Having an arsenal of quick, easy recipes to choose from is so helpful, whether it's sheet pan or one pot meals. I'm glad to hear you'd like to try this out Katherine!!

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