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Cheesy Chicken Bundles

I consider it a treat to use our boneless/skinless chicken breasts in the meals that I make for my family (as I typically just use a whole chicken); last week, I wanted to make chicken teriyaki with b/s breasts but when I went to get a package out of the freezer, there was another package stuck to it.  I tried and tried to pry them apart, but to no avail.  Now armed with an extra package of chicken breasts, I considered the various things to make with it and decided up my friend Trista's Cheesy Chicken Bundle recipe which I had heard great reviews of.  We had them for dinner last week and everyone seemed to enjoy them.  The great thing about this (and virtually all) recipes is that you can substitute ingredients based on what you like or have on hand, which I noted below. 

Ingredients

1 c. Panko bread crumbs (Note: if you do not keep Panko on hand, crushed crackers, croutons, or regular bread crumbs will do just fine)
½ c. cheese, grated (I used extra sharp cheddar; Trista says she typically uses Swiss; whatever you have will work)
½ c. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 ½ t. seasoned salt (I used a Mrs. Dash seasoning blend which was tasty; other similar recipes simply use ~1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ c. butter, melted
Additional topping if desired: 2 TBSP butter and 1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise as though you were going to butterfly them.  The goal is to have a thinner piece of meat with which to work.  I have found the easiest way to do this, is to put the thawed chicken breast package back in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes or so.  Then, with it being a little icy, you should be able to run your knife through it more easily.

Combine bread crumbs, cheeses and seasoned salt in bowl.  Melt butter in separate bowl.

Dip chicken pieces in melted butter, then in cheese-crumb mixture.Tuck sides of chicken under to form individual bundles. Add the extra butter and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Bake, uncovered, at 350F for ~45 minutes, or until topping is crispy and chicken is done.


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