The Chicken Parmesan

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The Chicken Parmesan

If you love to eat Chicken Parmesan, then this recipe is for you. The breaded chicken can be eaten alone, on a sandwich, with sauce and cheese, or over pasta. It is delicious, and does not take long at all to make this popular Italian favorite. This recipe is for 6 servings, but you can alter the recipe as needed. We found the thinly sliced chicken breasts at our favorite grocery store, and they are actually 3 breasts, cut length wise into 6 thin pieces, which actually makes for less cooking time. There are 3 steps to this recipe, and what I do is set up my “stations” as I go along, to make the cooking process easier. But don’t let that throw you off, because the steps go quickly, and once you are done, you will have a delicious hearty meal. Here we go……

Step 1- Boil your water for pasta, and make pasta

Follow directions for your pasta , and remember to salt your water. If you add nothing, it tastes like nothing. Boil water, add pasta, cook according to directions, drain, and put on side for later. 

Step 2- Make your sauce by using The Simply Home Made Spaghetti Sauce recipe from my recipe blog

Step 3- Fry your thinly sliced chicken breasts

6 thinly sliced, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

salt and pepper to season top and bottom of your chicken

2 beaten eggs for dipping before breading (so breading will stick to chicken)

approximately 2 cups Italian bread crumbs

extra virgin olive oil for frying

non stick pan or skillet

assorted Italian cheese blend (about 1/4 cup per person)

snipped fresh parsley, optional, for garnish, but it does make it taste better, too

This step requires a “3 bowl station” for you to work with. One will have your chicken breast, the other your beaten eggs, and the third one will have your Italian bread crumbs. Wash chicken breast, dip in beaten egg, then in Italian bread crumbs, then fry in extra virgin olive oil for about 7 – 8 minutes on each side. You are looking for a beautiful, golden brown color, and crispy exterior. (I even turn them towards the end until both sides are nice and crispy, but make sure not to burn the chicken. Also, make sure no longer pink in the middle by cutting through one piece to check, just to be sure of cooking time). Now it is time to “assemble” your dish by placing pasta first, then chicken, top with sauce, and sprinkle some assorted Italian cheeses on top and some snipped fresh parsley.  For extra effect, you can also broil your Chicken Parmesan after you have assembled it, for a couple of minutes, watching it VERY carefully, so it does not burn. Of course, please make sure it is either on an oven safe plate, or oven safe pan, and use an oven mit or gloves to remove from oven, even though it was in there for a couple of minutes, it is still going to be hot. Enjoy !!!!

 

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