Parmesan-Crusted Chicken With Arugula Salad
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- Ready In:
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, divided
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 4 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided (I've used store-bought in a pinch)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon water
- 4 cups packed arugula (I've also used a spring mix)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons of the mustard with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and the thyme.
- Season the chicken breasts, on both sides, with salt and pepper - then brush them all over with the mustard mixture.
- Pat about 2 T. of the parmesan on EACH chicken breast (both sides) - it should take about 1/2 Cup total for all 4 breasts.
- Transfer the chicken breasts to a rimmed baking sheet (I line mine with alum. foil sprayed with just a touch of Pam - for easy release and clean-up).
- Bake the chicken on the top shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until just cooked through and nicely browned.
- Meanwhile, in a salad bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon each of mustard and oil; then stir in the water.
- Add the arugula (or spring mix lettuce) and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and toss well.
- Spoon the salad onto plates, top with the chicken and serve!
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Very good: a great way to add a lot of flavour to chicken without having to marinate for hours! I used aged Gouda instead of Parmesan but otherwise followed the recipe. Really liked the simple salad dressing (and will definitely try it with other salads too!) - I wouldn't overdo the dressing with arugula, as arugula itself has a sharp, mustardy flavour: just a touch of the dressing was just right for me here! Thank you for sharing!
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