This Melt In Your Mouth Caesar Chicken is a simple yet incredibly flavorful dish that combines the creamy richness of Caesar dressing with the savory goodness of Parmesan cheese. It’s a quick and easy recipe that’s sure to please your taste buds. Here’s how to make it:
Who Will Love This Recipe?
- Caesar Salad Lovers: If you enjoy the flavors of a classic Caesar salad, you’ll love this chicken dish that captures those same delicious tastes.
- Busy Cooks: If you’re short on time but still want a flavorful and satisfying meal, this recipe is perfect. It’s quick to prepare and requires minimal ingredients.
- Parmesan Cheese Enthusiasts: If you’re a fan of Parmesan cheese, you’ll appreciate how it adds a rich and savory element to this chicken dish.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup Caesar salad dressing
- ½ cup sour cream (optional, but it adds creaminess)
- 1 to 1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Baking Dish
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Spray the inside of an 8" x 11" baking dish with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Step 2: Prepare Chicken
If the chicken breasts are uneven in thickness, place them in a Ziploc bag and, using a meat pounder, gently pound them to an even thickness of approximately ¾" to 1". This ensures even cooking.
Step 3: Season Chicken
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. The Parmesan cheese adds a wonderful flavor and creates a crispy, cheesy crust.
Step 4: Make Caesar Dressing Mixture
In a small bowl, whisk together the Caesar salad dressing and sour cream (if using). This creamy mixture will infuse the chicken with the flavors of Caesar dressing.
Step 5: Assemble Chicken in Baking Dish
Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish.
Pour the Caesar dressing and sour cream mixture evenly over each chicken breast.
Sprinkle additional grated Parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor and a beautiful golden crust.
Step 6: Bake
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake at 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of one of the middle chicken breasts reaches 150°F (65°C).
Step 7: Broil for Golden Finish
Turn the oven to broil and broil the chicken for an additional 2-4 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Keep a close eye on it during this step, as it can brown quickly. The chicken is done when the internal temperature registers 165°F (74°C) when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of one of the middle breasts.
Step 8: Rest and Garnish
Remove the chicken from the oven, cover it loosely with foil, and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This resting period helps keep the chicken juicy.
If desired, garnish the Melt In Your Mouth Caesar Chicken with chopped parsley for a fresh touch.
Enjoy your delicious and creamy Caesar chicken! Serve it with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, a simple salad, or pasta.
This recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy the flavors of a Caesar salad in a satisfying chicken dish. It's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion meal.