Sometimes you want to have a recipe you can whip up quickly with ingredients that you usually have on hand and this Cheddar Baked Chicken is one of those recipes. This is one of my go to recipes that I have made many times. The changes that I make to the written recipe is slightly cutting down the butter and omitting the cereal for the coating. While I am sure that this would give the chicken an even crunchier texture, I seem to have an aversion to cereal coatings! And honestly, the chicken has a great texture without it so I don't bother! The end result is a very moist and tasty dish!
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup crispy rice cereal
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 tbsp butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a medium baking pan with 1/4 cup melted butter. **I place the butter in the dish into the oven while it preheats to melt the butter.
2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk. In a third bowl, mix the cheese, bread crumbs, cereal.
3. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture and then press into the bread crumb mixture to coat. Arrange in the baking dish. Drizzle 2 tbsp melted butter over chicken.
4. Bake 35 minutes or until coating is golden brown and chicken juices run clear.