101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Chicken Parmesan - An Easy Company Feast

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chicken Parmesan - An Easy Company Feast

Chicken Parmesan - An Easy Company Feast from 101 Cooking For Two
I always judge an Italian restaurant on their Chicken Parmesan and frequently find them lacking.  Usually dry and tasteless covered by a sauce to hide their sins. I'm very picky. But I really like mine. This is a modified version a CI recipe called Lighter Chicken Parmesan. It is excellent and not too hard to make at home.

It is a wonderful company recipe and I have used it several times as the evening meal before a major holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Great for casual dining and conversation with wine. 


Rating
Another easy 5. I love this.

Notes:
You can do it. If you are a beginner, try it soon since it goes a lot better if you have done it before. I find a freshly shredded Parmesan adds a lot of taste.
This is one of my favorites and a buff up of one of my first posts with a different sauce and a few other improvements.
Feel free to substitute any marinara sauce you want but this goes well plus is simple and tasty.

Start by making a simple marinara sauce.
Chop one medium onion and over medium high heat with 1 tsp of oil cook until clearing. About 3 minutes. Add 4 cloves of crushed or minced garlic and cook one more minute.
Add one large can crushed tomatoes (28 oz), one small can tomato paste (6 oz) plus 6 oz water,1 t basal, 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper. 1/8 t crushed red pepper optional. Let simmer over low heat until needed.
Preheat oven to 450 convection. Prep baking sheet with aluminum foil and a grate. Spray with PAM. Over medium heat with 2 t oil, brown 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs until brown. About 2 minutes. Remove to cool.
Prepare the chicken cutlets by rinsing and patting dry three large skinless boneless chicken breasts. Trim and then cut into cutlets.
In three shallow pans prepare dredge line. In pan one place 1/2 cup AP flour with 1 1/2 t garlic powder, 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper. Pan two: two eggs with 1 T water - whipped together. And in pan three the brown bread crumbs and 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. 
Be sure the chicken is dry and then coat them through pan 1,2 and 3 shaking well after pan 1 and 2. Place on prepared pan. When all are complete, add a little more of the bread/parmesan mixture on top of each piece
Cook until internal temp of 160. About 20 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.

Remove from oven and top with about 2 T of your sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Chicken Parmesan from 101 Cooking For Two

Place back in oven for about 5 minutes until browned. Serve with pasta and the remaining sauce.





Chicken Parmesan - An Easy Company Feast


A wonderful company recipe and I have used it several times as the evening meal before a major holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Great for casual dining and conversation with wine. Very straight forward recipe modified from a CI recipe.
Ingredients
Simple Marinara Sauce
  • 1 medium medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic-crushed or minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste plus 6 oz water
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/8 t crushed red pepper - optional
Chicken
  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breast trimmed and cut into cutlets
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
Instructions
1) Chop one medium onion and over medium high heat with 1 tsp of oil cook until clearing. About 3 minutes. Add 4 cloves of crushed or minced garlic and cook one more minute. 2) Add one large can crushed tomatoes (28 oz), one small can tomato paste (6 oz),1 t basal, 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper. 1/8 t crushed red pepper optional. Let simmer over low heat until needed. 3) Preheat oven to 450 convection. Prep baking sheet with aluminum foil and a grate. Spray with PAM. Over medium heat with 2 t oil, brown 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs until brown. About 2 minutes. Remove to cool.4) Prepare the chicken cutlets by rinsing and patting dry three large skinless boneless chicken breasts. Trim and then cut into cutlets.5) In three shallow pans prepare dredge line. In pan one place 1/2 cup AP flour with 1 1/2 t garlic powder, 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper. Pan two: two eggs with 1 T water- whipped together. And in pan three the brown bread crumbs and 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. 6) Be sure the chicken is dry and then coat them through pan 1,2 and 3 shaking well after pan 1 and 2. Place on prepared pan. When all are complete, add a little more of the bread/parmesan mixture on top of each piece7) Cook until internal temp of 160. About 20 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.8) Remove from oven and top with about 2 T of your sauce and mozzarella cheese. 9) Place back in oven for about 5 minutes until browned. Serve with pasta and the remaining sauce.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Updated

November 05 2011

DrDan

Labels: , , , , ,

4 Comments:

At November 6, 2011 at 7:53 AM , Blogger Chris said...

Interesting trick on pre-browning the bread crumbs, excellent idea.

And the cheese crisped to perfection in that first shot, just so nice.

 
At January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous Brooke said...

So can't wait to try this...thanks for sharing your love of cooking with those of us who are crossing our fingers and holding our breath each time we venture into the kitchen...haha. Happy New Year to you!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM , OpenID 4425e7d4-e7b8-11e2-8f8e-000bcdcb2996 said...

In step 5 what does 1 T water-wiped mean?

I have to add that I absolutely love your site! I'm 34 weeks pregnant and just started cooking a lot more. I have used your recipes daily for the last two weeks and feel so pampered compared to how we were eating before!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

I'm glad things work for you and eat well for the baby (that's the pediatrician talking). The step five instruction is that tray 2 has 2 eggs with 1 tablespoon of water and to whip them together. A little typo. I will fix it after office hours today.

 

Post a Comment

Did you enjoy the post or have a question? Please leave a comment or ask away, provide info on how you liked something, etc. Note that spam, rude comments or comments with random links will all be deleted.

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home