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Parmesan Crusted or Garlic Basil Baked Chicken: Its a Two For One!

Cooking for a family can be tricky. Sometimes you have to work around food allergies and different tastes. I've always taken the stand that if my kids don't like what I've put on the table, they can dig into the peanut butter and jelly later!

I do think my kids have become adventurous eaters because they have been exposed to everything, so I strongly recommend that they at least try different things. Please don't make chicken nuggets and fries every night while the rest of you are eating fish and veggies! You will have the pickiest eater alive for a lifetime!

On the other hand, there are some things a parent can't control. Food allergies are prevalent and can produce serious health problems that we really shouldn't ignore. It's tough to deny your entire family dairy and wheat just because one family member is intolerent.

I love this recipe because you can make a batch of each (one of which is gluten and dairy free) at the same time and everyone is happy! Chicken can get kind of boring, so I like adding a little more texture and flavor once in a while. A few bread crumbs and a little parmesan isn't really going to tip the scale—everything in moderation!

Pair the chicken with a roasted vegetable and dinner is served! I coated these brussels sprouts with olive oil and sprinkled them with salt and pepper before I roasted them at 425 for about 20 minutes. You can do that with other veggies too—so delicious!

Parmesean Crusted Chicken

6 chicken breasts (or the equivelent in chicken tenderloins)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-2 cloves chopped garlic

1 cup dried bread crumbs

2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl

2. Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, basil and pepper in another bowl

3. Dip chicken into oil mixture

4. Coat chicken with breadcrumb mixture

5. Place chicken in baking dish

6. Add remaining breadcrumb/cheese mixture on top if desired

7. bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Don't want the cheese or breadcrumbs? Dip chicken in oil mixture, sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper and you have an uber healthy, dairy and gluten free chicken option!

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