Baked chicken breasts with a cheesy sauce- the alfredo way

 

 

Honestly, I have never experimented so many times for a dish; the number of times I took to attain perfection.Perfection in my own level, since I am extremely finicky about the taste ,texture and the visual appeal of any dish, and this dish with the amount of cheese and cream really is temperamental in terms of the way it is baked and the time consumed.The sauce can attain a different texture depending on the quantity and amount of time it is placed in the oven.

To elaborate a little more, baked chicken in reality is not easy to cook although it sounds extremely , especially with cheese, it tends to attain different texture with different ingredients and every time you try and make the same dish, the texture achieves a different look..Parmesan and cheddar or mozzerella, all of them give a different texture, hence you nee do be sure of what type of bake do you want your bird to cook up to.

For me I was sure I wanted a pure cheesy bake with a little bit of sauce, but not the pure white sauce, I needed a tad different..hence alfredo sauce was my inspiration, although in the end I mixed it with thousand island dressing..Pure cheesy sauce is not my kind, I always enjoy/relish a little tanginess or a combo of white and the tomato sauce blended together.

The sauce is the hero here, and the chicken ideally could be grilled as well.But whatever it is, the resultant recipe is so tender with the melting cheese on top.. Moistness and flavor bursting chicken it is with the blend of two different cheese and the hint of the aromatic nutmeg mixed with black pepper.


You can achieve a different texture in the way you bake the breasts..You can either warm the sauce and serve it along with the baked or grilled chicken, or secondly bake the chicken with the sauce.

To take it to another level, I poured the sauce over the chicken just before 10 minutes before the cooking time is finished, and once the cheese starts melting and achieves a thick consistency, and starts developing a brown color, that it when the bird is off the oven..This is how i love my baked chicken breasts

Two luscious blend of cheese makes this dish so wonderful and deliciously rich. The mozarella and parmasen together gives a beautiful texture to the moist chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless
skinless chicken breasts, slightly flattened
salt- a pinch
black pepper- little
Butter- 1 tsp
Olive oil- 1/2 tsp

Sauce:

1 tbsp  butter
Olive oil-1/2 tsp
2 tbsp  all-purpose flour
1 clove
garlic, chopped
Cream -3/4 cup
1 1/4 cups full cream milk
1 tsp  grated lemon zest
Pinch of ground
nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup  grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp  chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup grated Mozerella cheeseExtra 1/4 cup grated cheese to be used as topping

 

One tbsp of thousand Island Dressing to be mixed into the sauce at the end

Method

 Sauce
In a small saucepan, melt
butter and add a little olive oil. Add flour and garlic, keep stirring to blend well. Add
remaining ingredients including cream except fresh parsley and
bring to a simmer, stirring until smooth and slightly thickened. Keep the sauce aside.

  • Heat olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter in large pan  over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken ,salt,black pepper and thyme sprigs. Sear chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer chicken to oven to finish cooking. Bake chicken until almost cooked, about  20 minutes, depending on size of chicken breast ,turning it once in between.
  • Now pour the sauce over the chicken breasts ,add extra grated cheese and put it back in the oven and bake for about ten minutes till the cheese starts melting and achieves a rather thick consistency.
  • Add a little thousand island dressing on top before serving
While i baked the chicken, you can also grill the chicken and just pour the ready sauce on top and serve.This requires no baking.Or further still you could pour the sauce on the grilled chicken and bake it for further ten minutes to arrive at a delicious rich gooey thick texture of the sauce, with additional grated cheese as topping  like the way i have baked.

On meal wonder that features moist tender chicken breasts covered with melted cheese and  cream..Absolutely gooey, and cheesy, with a creamy sauce that which is rich and luxurious, it definitely is a dish highlighting baking wonders..The tinge of the nutmeg gives a subtle hint of strong flavor that blends so well with the black pepper and the cheesy cream sauce.Serve them with jacket potatoes and a bed of herbed rice and perhaps some grilled veggies or sauteed spinach to compliment. A guaranteed way to impress your guests, I say, be it for dinner or even as a playful breakfast or a brunch dish..

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