Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chicken Parmesan


Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (1 per person you wish to feed)
Flour for dredging
1-2 eggs
Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Grated Parmesan (or Romano which is what I use)
Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese

Pasta (I prefer angel hair)
Spaghetti Sauce (can make your own or use your favorite jar sauce)


Preheat oven to 350 and use a broiler pan or a baking sheet with a cooling rack on it to cook chicken on. Spray with nonstick spray to prepare.

Place chicken breasts between sheets of saran wrap or put in big plastic bag - pound flat with meat hammer of if you don't have one a rubber mallet from the workshop works well too! ;-) Pound the breasts to about 1/2" thick all over.

Place flour in a bowl big enough to dip chicken into.
Beat eggs with a fork in a bowl big enough to dip chicken into.
Pour 3 parts bread crumbs to 1 part grated Parmesan cheese and mix well with a fork.

One at a time dredge the chicken breasts in flour, then dip in eggs, and then place in bread crumb mixture and coat well on both sides.

Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and brown the chicken pieces on both sides - may need to add more oil between pieces of chicken.

Place the browned crispy chicken on the broiler pan or baking pan with racks and place in the oven. Bake 20-30 minutes until chicken is completely cooked and juices run clear. Then pour a few tablespoons of preheated sauce on top of chicken and cover with mozz or provolone cheese, return to the oven to melt cheese.

While the chicken is baking - heat water and boil your pasta, then heat up your sauce and combine the pasta and sauce so it's ready when the chicken is done - make sure to reserve some sauce for on top of the chicken.