Christmas Chicken

Our Christmas celebrations are spread out a bit this year, so today we enjoyed a quiet day at home with just our family. For supper, we ate one of our favorite chicken dishes, which I have meant to post before so our readers could enjoy it too…here it is at last!

We call this “Cornflake Chicken” but that was not its original name. I am printing the original version here as given to me by Leslie. She brought us this meal after our horrible car accident back in 2005, and it’s been a staple around our house ever since.

Parmesan Ranch Chicken

3/4 cup crushed cornflakes

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 envelop ranch salad dressing mix

6-8 chicken breast halves or 2 lbs chicken tenders

1/2 cup butter, melted


Grease a 9×13″ baking dish. In a shallow bowl combine corn flakes,

parmesan cheese and salad dressing mix. Have the melted butter in another

shallow bowl. Dip chicken in butter then roll in cornflake mixture to

coat and place in baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45

minutes.

Modifications:

When I make this recipe, I substitute liquid ranch dressing for the powdered ranch. I put the ranch (about 1-ish cups) in a bowl with a little milk added, dip the chicken in the liquid, then dredge in the dry cornflake/parmesan mixture.  Place chicken in the pan and sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over them. Drizzle with 1/4 cup melted butter before baking. Bake as directed.

I have also been known to substitute crushed Ritz crackers for the cornflake crumbs when certain Target stores have run out of the cornflakes cereal the day before Christmas!

One more note: the leftovers from this recipe are delightful when reheated in the oven (to preserve crispiness in the coating) then sliced and served over salad greens with your favorite dressing. Magnificent!

Since I cannot photograph food like Angie the magnificent, and since my camera is not nearly as fine as hers, my picture won’t be as tantalizing as I’d like, but here it is anyway….

Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a salad for a wondeful meal! Merry Christmas!!

3 Comments

  1. Angie
    Dec 26, 2008

    Hee hee..maybe I could come over for dinner…er..uh…I mean…a photo shoot. Heh.

    Also, this looks really yummy. Someone made a similar chicken recipe for us, but with BBQ potato chips instead of cornflakes and parm cheese. It was dee-lish. I will have to try this one.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mom/Ruth
    Dec 27, 2008

    How could a store run out of cornflakes, and especially on the day before Christmas? Unbelievable!

  3. Tricia
    Dec 27, 2008

    Angie – you should definitely come for dinner! And then photograph my food so it looks prettier than in the photo I took! Are cornflakes on the non-wheat list, and acceptable fare in your household?

    Mom, I expect it might be on account of cornflake potato casseroles or something like that. I don’t make that dish, but it sounds like a possible popular Christmas side. Finding no cornflakes, I looked for a generic cornflake cereal, and then any other cereal which looked like a fair substitute. But I found nothing. The crushed Ritz crackers were a delicious solution!