Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chicken Parmesan

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Chicky Chicky Parm Parm! What to make for a Sunday dinner when the parents are coming over? Tonight it was Chicken Parmesan with Caesar salad, garlic bread, and broccoli. Delicious!! Some recipes skip the step of frying the chicken before putting in the oven, either to simplify the recipe or to make it more healthy, but the flavour and crispiness that it gives was my favourite part! Rather than making my own marinara sauce, I used a couple of jars of store-bought spaghetti sauce to speed up the prep time.

Chicken Parmesan

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 tsp salt
5 cups bread crumbs
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
6 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk
Oil, for frying and for greasing the baking dish
7 cups marinara sauce, or your favourite jarred spaghetti sauce
2/3 cup grated parmesan, divided
1 pound mozzarella, thinly sliced

Place each chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them out to a uniform thickness, no more than about 1/3-inch. In a large bowl, whisk together the salt, bread crumbs, oregano, thyme, and pepper. Place the flour in a second medium bowl. In a third medium bowl, whisk the egg and milk together.

Dredge a chicken breast in the flour and shake off excess, then dip it into the egg mixture and finally dredge in the seasoned bread crumb mixture. Shake off any excess bread crumbs and transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large skillet, pour the oil to a depth of 1/2-inch and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Fry chicken until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side. 

Using tongs, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Lightly brush a baking dish, large enough to place the chicken in a single layer, with olive oil. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with half of the marinara or spaghetti sauce and arrange the chicken over the sauce. Cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the parmesan over the chicken, and place the slices of mozzarella on top. 

Bake until sauce is bubbling and the cheese is brown, about 30 minutes. 

Serve with spaghetti or other pasta.

Serves: 4

Megan's Review: Cheesy and delicious. I love the breading on the chicken.
The Hubby's Review: "I give it a 4.5 out of 5, but I wish I could rank it out of 10 because then I could give it a 9...oh wait, that's the same thing!"

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