While it may seem quicker to pan-fry chicken, baking chicken can actually be quite rapid, especially if you use breast halves. In this scrumptious recipe, chicken is coated in a mustard-thyme mixture before being dipped in to parmesan cheese. The chicken is then baked at a high temperature until crisp and succulent. A peppery arugula salad pairs nicely with the chicken, however if you dislike arugula substitute spinach or your favorite green. To take a look at the recipe, read more.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces)
4 cups packed arugula leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of the mustard with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and the thyme.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then brush them all over with the mustard mixture. Pat 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan all over each breast.
  4. Transfer the chicken breasts to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the chicken on the top shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until just cooked through and nicely browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon each of mustard and olive oil; stir in 1/2 teaspoon of water.
  6. Add the arugula and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and toss well. Spoon the salad onto plates, top with the chicken and serve.

Serves 4.