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September 22, 2011 at 6:16 PMComments: 5 Faves: 0

Quick & Simple Supper: The 3-C

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As you may have read on my posts, I was recently married to a fabulous man. One who so happens to have triple "C" initials! As a fun way to celebrate our first 25 days of marriage I prepared a meal with his very initials – Creamy, Cheesy, Chicken, and it is absolutely delicious. Husband approved!

This meal is rich in lean protein, calcium, and with the addition of the summer squash, there is even a hint of fiber to boot. The recipe took merely minutes to prepare and once it is in the oven, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the tasty aroma emitting from the oven. I am always looking for quick and easy recipes and if you are anything like me, this one may be joining your own recipe repertoire!

3-C Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup (light or reduced fat) mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • ½-1 cup sliced or diced summer squash/zucchini 
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs, finely crushed

PREPARATION:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine mayonnaise, cheese and garlic powder.

Spread mayonnaise mixture on chicken breasts, top with summer squash, and sprinkle on the bread crumbs (and a touch more parmesan cheese if you would like). 
I used an 8”x8” glass baking dish to keep everything tight and moist, though you could certainly use a 9x13 or even a baking sheet for a crispier feel. Bake for about 50 minutes (if you are using the 8”x8”, closer to 20” if you are using a baking pan) or until cooked through and lightly browned and tender.

TIP: When you have merely a few minutes to go, you could certainly top the meal with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese to boot. 

Did you try this recipe? Do you have your own speedy go-to supper? I would love to hear what is going on in YOUR kitchen! Thanks for reading :) 

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5 Comments

  • thanks for the 3-C dish it sounds delicious. Do you have any alternative ideas with replacing the squash? I'm not a huge fan but would carrots and broccoli work for this dish?

  • I agree with Nancy, this dish sounds great. I will have to try it! I simple recipe I do is baked barbeque chicken. All I do is put chicken breasts into a pan, pour barbeque sauce on it, and put it in the oven! It turns out very tasty. Is bbq sauce pretty fatty or not really? Just wondering. :) A side dish to go with this would be sauteed squash with cheese melted on top and garlic sprinkled in. Also very easy to make!

  • Thanks for sharing I will have to try this, it sounds great!

  • @Nancy, I am all for mixing things up and working with what I have in the house. In fact, that is exactly why I opted for the zucchini in this case. If I were going to try carrots and broccoli (which I am sure would be delicious!), I would recommend thinly slicing or shredding the carrots and adding chopped broccoli. This way they would be able to disperse throughout the chicken and enable a nice browning on the chicken. Please let us know if you try this :)

  • @Bri, BBQ is one of my favorites as well! While BBQ sauce is not full of fat, it is loaded with sugar - hence, the delicious sweet taste. A couple of tablespoons can quickly add up to 50 calories or more, but in moderation this is just fine - especially when paired with a well balanced meal of lean protein skinless chicken breast and a side of veggies and whole grain brown rice. Sounds like a great meal to me :)

    @Julie, happy you enjoyed the recipe! Hope it works out just as great for you :)

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