Baked Mayonnaise Chicken- the surprisingly easy one!2014-02-17
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 20m
- Ready In : 45m
It was Valentine’s Day and me and my son had planned a surprise dinner party for my husband. It had to be something that my 8 year old helped in, so it couldn’t be too complicated or elaborate.
So we settled on chicken, because that’s a favourite and baked because it is low-fuss. To accompany the chicken, we made cheese and corn balls and garlic dough balls as well.
It was fun. The food was delicious. The chicken was absolutely tender, melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
Probably one of the easiest chicken recipes that you could ever make- the least worrying. Marinate and bake- not hard at all, is it? Also, it does not have much spice, so a favourite with kids.
I would highly recommend it if you have to throw a party suddenly or for Friday nights, when you don’t want to cook too much or order takeaways.
- Mayonnaise- 1/4 cup
- Garlic, grated- 1 tsp
- Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
- Oregano, dried- 1 tsp
- Tarragon or thyme, dried- 1 tsp
- Breadcrumbs, ideally seasoned- 1/3 cup
Cut the chicken breast or thigh fillets into thin long slices.
Mix the mayonnaise with the grated garlic, pepper powder and dried herbs. For a shortcut, try using just Ranch dressing instead. Don't add anything else in that case.
Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes. I would actually recommend about 2 hours or more for an extremely tender chicken.
If using pre-seasoned breadcrumbs, just lay them out on a plate. If you make fresh breadcrumbs like me, then spread them out and add some salt, 1/4 tsp dried herbs- thyme or tarragon and 1/4 tsp of chilli flakes or chilli powder
Preheat the oven to 200C for 5 minutes and cover a baking tray with aluminium foil or greaseproof paper. Spray with a nonstick spray or brush with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking.
Dredge the chicken with the breadcrumbs, taking care to cover it on all sides.
Place on the roasting tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, till completely cooked.
Serve with coleslaw.
For a variation, add 1/4 cup cheddar cheese while marinating.
I used Johnny’s Ranch Dressing and Dip for this recipe.
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