Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Renovation Realities

Have you ever watched the show Renovation Realities?  It's a non-hosted show with a narrator, and the episodes follow homeowners who try to renovate a room in their house. There are usually a lot of mistakes made by the homeowner, and they are usually on a time crunch.  The narrator always says, "If they had gone to diynetwork.com, they could have learned how to properly install that door," or whatever project they were working on.  It's a great show.

We are currently doing some renovations in our house.  We have boxes of wood flooring stacked in the living room, as well as a bathroom sink in a box, towel rods, two exterior doors, and a tile saw.  We have two sinks in our bedroom and none in our bathroom.  We have travertine tile laid out where our bathroom counter is supposed to be.  We have been back and forth to the hardware store a lot.  We have been brushing our teeth in the shower, which is a strange thing for me.  I usually brush my teeth after my shower.  Now, when I get out of the shower, I can't figure out what I'm supposed to do next in my routine.  It's quite comical, and we are taking it all in stride since the improvements will make a big difference in our house.

So, while I've had various amounts of time with the water main shut off, I've had to find quick dinners.  Like this Bacon Parm Chicken.  The chicken is coated in Parmesan cheese and then browned in butter.  Then it gets finished off in the oven with a topping of bacon and Pepper Jack cheese.  It's delicious!  And it's easy and quick too.  I hope you love it!

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 C grated Parmesan cheese (the powdered kind in a jar)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
1 C shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 egg + 2 T water
1/2 stick butter

NOTE:  The first time I tried this recipe, I used shredded Parmesan cheese, the kind that comes in a bag.  While it tasted good, a good majority of the cheese melted off of the chicken and stuck in the pan.  I highly suggest buying the powdered Parmesan cheese.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, parsley, black pepper, and seasoned salt together.  Mix the egg and the 2 T water together.  

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Dip the chicken into the egg wash and then press it into the cheese mixture.  Fry the chicken on both sides until well browned.  Put the chicken onto a sheet pan and into the oven.  Cook the chicken for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is done through.  Sprinkle some bacon on each piece of chicken and 1/4 C of the cheese on each piece of chicken.  Place the chicken under the broiler for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese.

Adapted from O Taste and See

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