- 4 large chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
- 1 cup of crushed cheese-its
- 1 cup of crushed saltines
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 TBSP salted butter
- 3 TBSP flour
- salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste.
- 1 tsp parsley
- ¼ tsp sage
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 tsp condensed chicken base
- 2-3 TBSP Marsala wine
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
Start by taking 3-4 chicken breasts and cutting them up into large chunks. Crush your crackers/panko mixture and put it in a shallow dish. Mix up an egg with 1/2 cup of milk and set it in another dish. Shred your cheese (or dump it out of the bag!) and put it in another shallow dish. Prep your baking pans with cooking spray, and lay them all out next to each other, assembly-line style.
Dunk the chicken in the egg/milk mixture, and then coat it in the cheese. You will have to kind of press the cheese on, and hold it on the chicken. Carefully place the cheesed chicken into the crushed cracker/bread crumb mixture and press some onto both side of the chicken. Place the chicken into your prepped baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken is coated.
Drizzle the chicken with a bit of olive oil, and place into a 400 degree oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. The amount of baking time will depend on how big you cut your chicken chunks. When you take it out of the oven, slice the biggest one in half. If that one is done, you can be fairly sure that the rest are too.
While the chicken is baking, melt 4 TBSP of butter in a non-stick pan and heat until melted. Add 3 TBSP of flour to the melted butter, and whisk until all the lumps are gone. Cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes.
Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add 2 tsp of parsley and 1/4 tsp sage. Next add 2 cups of hot water, and 2 tsp of condensed chicken base. I LOVE the Better Than Bouillon brand. The organic chicken base works in our soy-free cooking for my food-allergy afflicted son, and it tastes amazing. Also add 2-3 TBSP of Marsala wine. (If you don’t have Marsala, a dry white Chardonnay would work, as well as Sherry in a pinch.)
Cook this mixture until it is thickened, and then add approximately 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and 1/4 cup of sour cream. Stir until mixed, and reduce heat to low. If you need to add more water because the gravy is too thick, don’t be afraid to do so. These kinds of sauces are very forgiving. If it is not thick enough. Make a cold water + flour roux, and add a little bit at a time while the mixture is simmering until it is thickened to your liking.
Keep the sauce warm until your chicken is done. Drizzle sauce over chicken, and serve with your favorite sides. We made garlic mashed potatoes and creamy balsamic green beans.