Smokey mozzarella chicken

4 Pieces chicken
1 cup tomato basil tomato sauce
1 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp Chicken seasoning
1 Tsp chicken rub
1 Tsp favorite house seasoning
2 Pinch crushed red pepper
5 Cloves garlic chopped
6 Slices smoked mozzarella
Fresh basil ribboned
Olive oil

Preaheat oven to 375. Drizzle baking dish with olive oil. Chop garlic. Mix seasonings in small bowl and season both sides of chicken with seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. Place chicken presentation side down (for me its skin down) and surround with chopped garlic and cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Slice mozzarella. Once it is sliced remove outer layer of tough skin (pictures below). Remove foil and check chicken, when it is just about done flip so it is presentation side up (skin up) and top with about 2 tblsp tomato sauce for each piece and 2 slices of cheese. Bake uncovered for 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Turn oven onto broil and broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melty and bubbly. Plate chicken and scoop out pieces of garlic and pan juices and drizzle over the top and top with basil.

My favorite new seasoning (salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, sage, cayenne, and crushed red pepper)

To remove outer layer of cheese cut just the edge and peel around to remove tough layer of smoked cheese.

** I found the smoked mozzarella tasted very very smokey when I ate it raw. However after it was cooked it melted into a very buttery subtle smoke flavor and was delicious. You do want to remove the outer rind because the smoking process makes the outer layer very tough.

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