Garlic Lover's Chicken


A very flavorful and moist chicken. Great if you like garlic.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
6 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup dry Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 14 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ cup margarine, melted

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend, or to taste


  1. Stir water, kosher salt, and sugar together until the salt and sugar dissolve completely into a brine.

  2. Put chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag; pour brine into the bag with the chicken. Squeeze air from the bag and seal. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.

  4. Mix Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; spread about 1/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  5. Remove chicken from the brine, shake off excess liquid, and pat dry. Discard remaining brine.

  6. Coat chicken with olive oil. Arrange chicken atop the Parmesan cheese layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese mixture over the chicken.

  7. Mix garlic, margarine, and lemon juice together in a small bowl; drizzle over chicken.

  8. Cook chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 25-30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  9. Switch oven to broil. Sprinkle cheese over the chicken breasts.

  10. Heat oven's broiler. Cook chicken under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden brown, about 5 minutes more.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

520 Calories
34g Fat
19g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 4775mg 208%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 279mg 21%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 303mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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