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Chicken Change Up: Hellmann’s Parmesan-Lemon Pepper Crusted Chicken

by Aggies Kitchen on March 16, 2012


As I’m sure most of you can relate, we get into dinner funks around these parts. I start cooking the same stuff week after week, for the sake of ease and also for the sake of not listening to complaints from the peanut gallery if I can be honest. My kids eat pretty well, it’s something I work on with them, but they have their favorites and we often tend to stick with lots of variations of their favorites (pasta, pasta, broccoli, and pasta…chicken).

Hellmann’s recently contacted me about their Chicken Change Up Campaign and I have to say, I thought the timing was quite appropriate. I needed something new to try out on the kids, and the Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe stood out to me as something everyone would enjoy.

I was right.

I prepared it almost exactly as the recipe was written, however I couldn’t help myself to add in a teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning. I got flustered while reading the recipe and accidentally combined the breadcrumbs into the mayonnaise and cheese mixture instead of just coating it…oops. I added a few extra breadcrumbs on top for good measure (and a little extra crunch, by the way…I used panko instead of traditional style breadcrumbs).

I had a little less chicken than the recipe called for so I tossed some red potato chunks in the leftover parmesan-mayo-lemon pepper mixture and roasted them up…they turned out awesome. The chicken and potatoes were served with ole reliable, roasted broccoli.

I must admit, I wasn’t planning on eating a whole lot of this chicken, just a few bites, only because chicken really is my least favorite protein. I was more excited about the sides. I ended up eating an entire piece. And my kids finished their whole pieces too.

As a matter of fact, he kids gave it a “10″.

The actual breakdown was this: Chicken – 10, Potatoes – 8 and the Broccoli – a 50!! Sammy: “…because Mom, you know how I feel about broccoli!!”

I know, bizarro! (but can’t help but be HAPPY about that one!)

Hellmann’s Parmesan and Lemon Pepper Crusted Chicken
Recipe slightly adapted from Hellmann’s

1/2 cup Hellmann’s or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise (I prefer and used Light)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lbs)
1/4 cup panko seasoned with 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine Hellman’s or Best Foods mayonnaise with cheese in a bowl. Place chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet. Top your chicken evenly with mayonnaise and cheese mixture, then coat with lemon pepper seasoned panko crumbs.

Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. I put the broiler on low for the last few minutes to get my coating a little more crisp.

Toss the potatoes in any leftover cheese and mayo mixture and bake for the same amount of time at 425 degrees. Check halfway through and toss around to ensure even baking.

This was the first time I ever used mayonnaise in my cooking this way. I do remember Amy roasting up her Thanksgiving turkey in mayonnaise and was thinking how awesomely delicious it looked. Mayonnaise has a way of making your chicken or turkey more juicy and flavorful, that’s for sure. And the best part of this recipe (other than my kids devoured it) is that it came together in minimal time, side dishes and all. Win!

Visit Facebook.com/Hellmanns to participate in the Chicken Change-Up, where you can find ideas on managing dinner dilemmas and enter for a chance to win daily prizes.

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Couple more things….

First, congratulations to ERIKA of Itzy’s Kitchen for winning The Naptime Chef Cookbook giveaway.

And, second…my friend, Kim is featuring me today on her Behind The Blog series! Head over and read a little more about me if you’d like…and don’t forget to say hi!  :)

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Barbie March 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

Hello, I found your blog through At Home With Kim! Love your blog and your recipes look easy and fabulous. I am on a journey of health and weight loss and am hoping to find some healthy recipes to try. New follower through RSS!

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Karriann Graf March 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

Aggie this sounds yummy and love that its so easy! I love lemon pepper actually have some coming in the mail in a few days.

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Kathy Mercure March 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

It seems commercials do sell when done right! Same thing happened to me and we’ve tried it on chicken and also salmon. Both were beyond excellent and my hubby loves it so much I’m afraid it could become Chicken Thursday around our house! Love the idea of the lemon pepper. I added garlic to mine. Adore the idea of coating up pieces of potato. Will try that next time. I used some of the leftover spread on a sandwich, but Ilike your idea of roasting the potatoes so much more!

I’ve never roasted broccoli. Do you put it in at the same time as the chicken and potatoes?

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Nelly Rodriguez March 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

This look awesome and I’ve got some Hellman’s in the fridge, will try it soon!

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jen March 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

Looks great! Do you have the recipe for the potatoes?

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Erica March 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

I’m not much for mayo, but this chicken looks awesome! A good change up always makes me look forward to a meal. Have fun this weekend!

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Kim | At Home With Kim March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

Hi Aggie! Thanks so much for the interview… SO fun!!! And this chicken looks delish. Perfect weeknight dinner. I’ll add it to my menu plan. Have a great weekend….

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Heather (Heather's Dish) March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

i’ve been meaning to try this since i saw the commercial for it…it sounds delicious with the lemon pepper! and the roasted broccoli – i’ll take it :)

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Aubrey March 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

That sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try!

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Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

First of all, this chicken looks amazing. I just pinned it. :)

Secondly, I loved the interview. You are such a sweet, sweet soul, Aggie!

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

Oh yeah, My family would love this!

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Bree March 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

Looks great–and so easy!

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emily (a nutritionist eats) March 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

Oh I have to try that, my husband would LOVE it! I just have to try not to over-cook the chicken! :)

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Karly March 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

This looks delish! I love that you tossed the potatoes in the mixture, too. I bet that was really good!

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Deborah March 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

This sounds awesome – and I love your addition of lemon pepper!

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ea-the spicy rd March 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I know my kids get tired of the same old “grilled” chicken, so I’m sure they’d love this. I’ll have to try it with gluten-free bread crumbs. Love the easy sides too!

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Trish August 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

This was a tasty recipe! The only change I made was I added some pesto in the mayo. Delicious!

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Aggies Kitchen August 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Pesto in the mayo sounds awesome! Thanks for telling me, will try next time! Have a great weekend!

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