Eighty Recipes

Instant Mashed Potatoes Coated Baked Chicken Recipe

Today I'm going to show you how to make Chicken in a whole new way! Well, OK - I'm sure you've made shake and bake before, but this is even better - and you don't even have to buy a seasoning packet. Sometimes the best recipes are invented by accident because you have either limited time or limited ingredients. We watch a lot of shows on the Food Network, but sometimes I wish they'd have just one show that helps real people cook better with the ingredients they have. Yeah, I know - they had that doorknockers one a few years back where the guy shows up and makes dinner out of what's in the fridge, but he's still making semi-gourmet stuff. I want to know what I can make out of what I have when I get home from work at 5:30, and I'd like to be eating it by 6:15 if possible. I was making a quickie dinner tonight as I often do - and as luck would have it I saw a zucchini-fritters-recipe on a box that was actually new, different - and that I'll try this week.
I like chicken, and we always seem to keep many 4 lb bags of boneless "chicken tenders" in the freezer for all kinds of purposes. This recipe is the perfect quick meal because all you have to do is put some frozen boneless skinless chicken in your microwave and defrost it about half way - and then pre-heat your oven to 375.
These are the ingredients you're going to need:
* 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
* boneless skinless chicken
* seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic and/or onion powder)
* butter or margarine
While you've gotten this stuff around your chicken should be thawing out in the microwave. When I say you want it about half way (or more) thawed out - I mean it should be pliable, but you should be thawing it out not cooking it. You shouldn't have the ends turning white and cooking - they'll get hard or rubbery in the oven. I freeze nearly all my meat and thaw out only what I need when I need it.
Get a 9 x 13 baking dish and grease it up with some oil - we like olive oil. You're going to take either a very large mixing bowl or a big ziploc baggie and put the instant mashed potatoes in it. Add your salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want to taste in the bag or bowl. You're going to place one chicken breast piece in at a time and shake it up coating with the instant mashed potatoes mixture. Then place each in the greased baking dish. How many chicken pieces you use depends on how many people you're serving. If you are using the "chicken tenders" like us - then usually 2-3 pieces per person is fine. If you're using an entire "chicken breast" I would use one per person.
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