Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan Crust
- 2 Tbl. dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves, chopped
- Kosher salt
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 8 oz. each)
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup panko or dried coarse baguette breadcrumbs
- Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Mix the mustard, thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Add the chicken breasts and turn to coast completely; set aside.
In a medium shallow bowl, combine the Parmesan and panko. Dredge the chicken pieces in the panko mixture, coating evenly and heavily, and pressing the coating into the meat.
Put the chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet, spray with a quick burst of cooking spray and put the sheet in the middle of the oven. Bake until the chicken is golden and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting or serving.