This easy recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home is ideal for entertaining. You can put it into the oven and it minds itself while you do other things. When I told my mentor and good buddy Jean Anderson that this book needed her chicken recipe — it’s become one of the most requested on Cooking Live — she floored me by replying that it wasn’t really her recipe. She had learned it when she was working at Ladies’ Home Journal and then adapted it for The Doubleday Cookbook. Still, I learned it from Jean and think of it as Jean Anderson’s Chicken, and I have never met a chicken lover who wasn’t nuts for it, kids and grown-ups alike. It is great served hot, cold, or at room temperature. It’d probably be great if you served it on the moon. A word to the wise: This is a high-calorie recipe, so you might want to save it for special occasions.
Jean Anderson’s chicken is perfect for a crowd. It is a little messy to make (I usually end up breading my hands, too), but it is worth the mess, and you will become very popular.
Serves 4 to 6
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the butter and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until the butter has melted. Pour into a large bowl and cool to room temperature.
Mix the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and cool to room temperature. Dip each chicken piece, one at a time, into the melted garlic butter. Transfer to the bread crumb mixture and turn until coated on all sides.
Arrange the chicken in one flat layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle on any of the remaining melted butter. Bake until lightly browned and just cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.
S. Studer Says:
April 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 am
I just wanted to say that I have been making this recipe since I purchased your first cookbook Sara and it is absolutely one of my favorites!!! Every time I serve this to family or friends it is always a big hit! So good and so easy to make!
Mary Peterrson Says:
September 10th, 2010 at 12:51 am
Sara, You’re right it sounds delicious, but really fattening. Save for a special occasion. (Really special!!).
December 24th, 2010 at 2:28 am
I have been making this recipe for years – ever since I saw Sara make it on the Food Network years ago. It always comes out perfectly and everyone always loves it! Thank you Sara!
January 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Its not just this recipe its every recipe. when i make anything u or your friend came up with my family is so happy. Thank You, for helping me become a great home cook. All the way back to the Food Network day. Your a insperation to all. Thank You.
Sara Moulton Says:
April 23rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm
This is one heck of a crowd pleasing recipe!
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