Blue Cheese Crusted Chicken

blue cheese crusted chicken
Inspired by the movie "The Blues Brothers" (1980)

The movie opens with Jake (John Belushi) being released from jail and his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) is waiting for him in an old beat-up black and white cop car. Right there and then you know – this is going to be a fun ride! Along with Saturday Night Live and Animal House, this movie is John at his best.

This recipe for Blue Cheese Crusted Chicken is a festival for your taste buds! Like the Blues Brothers, what you see when you prepare this festival is what you get. The Blue Brothers never offered any apologies for their colorful and delightful antics and neither does Blue Cheese Crusted Chicken – you will sing its praises!!

½ cup Progresso Bread Crumbs (unseasoned/plain)
1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon garlic powder

6 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breast, skinless boneless
1 can Pillsbury Reduced Fat Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley flakes for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, blue cheese, butter and garlic powder. set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, add to skillet. Cook chicken about 8 minutes per side or until cooked thoroughly. Remove chicken, drain on paper towels. Place chicken on a large baking sheet. Top each piece with 2 tablespoons of the cheese topping, pat down evenly.

Open Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, pull apart into 8 rolls. Wrap one crescent roll around each piece of chicken, pressing gently to hold. Bake remaining rolls according to package directions.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush each crescent with melted butter and sprinkle with parsley flakes.

Serves 8.

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