Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner – One Pan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner…..

 ….is done all in one pan and oven baked. All in 30 Minutes, or less.

And,, it turns out great!

When you get home from a busy, tiring day and you want to put a real good meal together but with minimal work and cleanup…..

……this Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner definitely fills the bill. You could substitute any kind of potatoes that you have on hand but the sweets shown here were a nice change from the norm. 

The time in the oven could range from 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the chicken. I used these thin filets that we buy frozen and it helps both the prep and the cooking time. Tenders will also work good.

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Let’s get going. 

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C and put the chicken in the microwave to thaw. 

Peel and cut up the sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces.

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Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. I have started using these nonstick cookie sheets and they work out real well. Spread the potato pieces and the broccoli out on the pan. Lay the chicken in the pan. Salt and pepper everything and shake a layer of grated parmesan cheese on the chicken. Lightly drizzle the chicken with olive oil, turn the chicken pieces over and do the same treatment on the second side.

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Into the oven it goes. When the chicken reads 165°F/75°C on an instant read thermometer or is leaking out clear liquid or is firm to a poke it is done. You might like to then switch the oven to broiler and put the pan on a top shelf for a minute or two to get things a little crusty. You don’t have to but,, well,, I like to. 

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It’s time to serve up and enjoy your Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner.

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We had a nice bottle of Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti with our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner. 

It was on sale!

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  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C and put the chicken in the microwave to thaw. Peel and cut up the sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. I have started using these nonstick cookie sheets and they work out real well. Spread the potato pieces and the broccoli out on the pan. Lay the chicken in the pan. Salt and pepper everything and shake a layer of grated parmesan cheese on the chicken. Lightly drizzle the chicken with olive oil, turn the chicken pieces over and do the same treatment on the second side.
  3. Into the oven. When the chicken reads 165°F/75°C on an instant read thermometer or is leaking out clear liquid or is firm to a poke it is done. You might like to then switch the oven to broiler and put the pan on a top shelf to get things a little crusty. You don't have to but,, well,, I like to.
  4. It's time to serve up and enjoy your Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner.
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Shrimp Piccata – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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Shrimp Piccata is another

..quick and easy traditional Italian recipe that..

.. is still a great weeknight dinner for busy people.

In the United States it is most frequently done with chicken breast filets and served with pasta.

We have posted a recipe for chicken piccata and another for Salmon Piccata

In Italy it is most often made with veal and served by itself as the “secundo” or main course.

If you and your gang like shrimp then you will love this Shrimp Piccata. 

You can buy your shrimp already thawed, peeled and deveined in the seafood section of your grocery store. If your shrimp have to be thawed it will just take a couple of minutes in the microwave and a few more to peel and devein.

Put a pot of salted water on at medium high and add the pasta. When the water starts to simmer the pasta will be done. Stir it a few times while it’s cooking. If it is al dente before you are done with the Shrimp Piccata just drain off the water, drizzle in a little olive oil and stir it up getting the pasta all coated with the oil. Put it on an idle back burner to keep warm.

In fact, when the Shrimp Piccata is ready you could heat up the pasta right  in the Shrimp Piccata.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add the butter. While the butter melts slice up the lemon and add the slices to the pan.

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Give the lemon slices about a minute in the butter then add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional), white wine, garlic, capers, basil and parsley.

Mix it all together and push it all out to the outside edge of the pan. Add the shrimp laying them out flat.

Bring it up to a fast simmer and after about a minute turn the shrimp over. 

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After another minute add the grated parmesan cheese and stir it up as the cheese melts and thickens your Shrimp Piccata.

Serve your Shrimp Piccata over the pasta and top it with some grated parmesan. and parsley flakes.

Bon Appetito!

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We had the rest of that nice bottle of white wine – an Italian Soave – with our Shrimp Piccata. 

And of course some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread for dipping!

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high and add the butter. While the butter melts slice up the lemon and add the slices to the pan. Give the lemon slices about a minute in the butter then add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional), white wine, garlic, capers, basil and parsley. Mix it all together and push it all out to the outside edge of the pan. Add the shrimp laying them out flat. Bring it up to a fast simmer and after about a minute turn the shrimp over. After another minute add the grated parmesan cheese and stir it up as the cheese melts and thickens your Shrimp Piccata.
  2. Serve your Shrimp Piccata over the pasta and top it with some grated parmesan. and parsley flakes.
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Chicken Parmesan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes

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Chicken Parmesan…..

………is a traditional Italian recipe that uses just a few ingredients. It’s a great way to quickly and easily come up with a restaurant quality meal on a busy weeknight. 

We really like it and often serve it up for guests and it always goes over great.

I found these pre trimmed and portion size breasts that eliminate the trimming and hammering process. You just thaw them in the microwave and you are ready to go.

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Just go with tenders if that’s all that you have on hand. It will still turn out great.

If you don’t make your own marinara sauce – Poppop’s==> recipe – just get some off the shelf at your grocery store. I recommend Biutoni.

Here is a 3 ingredient 30 minute recipe for marinara sauce from a really good book of simple traditional Italian recipes called Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. I have it in my iPad and often refer to it .

Set your oven at 350°F/177°C. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl just enough olive oil to coat the bottom.

If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it’s thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and….

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…….fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.

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In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then……

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……… lay the chicken out in the bowl – or pan – and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom.

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Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches.

Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil.

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Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 – 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan!

Buon Appetito!

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Chianti fo course!  And, some of Poppop”s homemade bread for dipping.

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  1. If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it's thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.
  2. In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then lay the chicken out in the bowl - or pan - and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom. Chicken Parmesan-4-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Put on a layer of the mozzarellaI and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Chicken Parmesan-5-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
  3. Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
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Shrimp Scampi – Quick and easy – 20 Minutes Max

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Shrimp Scampi….

……..is quick and easy and delicious!

Shrimp Scampi will be at the top of your list of “go to” choices when you want to keep it simple but still would like it to be real good and…..

……for a great game day finger food just forego the pasta and serve your Shrimp Scampi with toothpicks!

Shrimp Scampi is a basic simple Italian dish of just a few ingredients that you will not mess up.

In fact any fancy Italian restaurant has to keep it simple to have it turn out well and they cannot make it any better than you are going to.

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Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta and if the shrimp have to thaw out put them in a bowl of water.

While the coming to a boil and the thawing out are going on lets put together a salad for tonight’s veggie and chop up the garlic. Caprese Salad would be our choice for our Italian mood dinner.

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The salad is ready, the shrimp have thawed out and the pasta water is boiling.

Put the pasta in the pot of water and stir it right away to keep it from sticking together. Remember to stir it a few times as it cooks.

Put on a skillet that is large enough to handle all the shrimp laid out flat. Set the burner at medium and add the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter. When the butter has melted put in the garlic.

 

As soon as you get the fragrance of the garlic cooking add the salt, pepper, parsley and red pepper flakes.

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Stir it all together and lay the shrimp out in the skillet. Give the shrimp just half a minute to a minute a side depending on their size.

Then put in the rest of the butter, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the white wine. Oh, and a splash of the pasta water

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Stir it all together and just a minute or so after it comes up to a simmer…….

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……..enjoy your quick and easy, homemade, better than a restaurant Shrimp Scampi!

Bon Appetito!!

Oh yeah and a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio or Soave will complete that “sitting in a restaurant” feeling.

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta and if the shrimp have to thaw out put them in a bowl of water. While the coming to a boil and the thawing out are going on lets put together a salad for tonight's veggie and chop up the garlic. Caprese Salad would be our choice for our Italian mood dinner.
  2. The salad is ready, the shrimp have thawed out and the pasta water is boiling. Put the pasta in the pot of water and stir it right away to keep it from sticking together. Remember to stir it a few times as it cooks. Put on a skillet that is large enough to handle all the shrimp laid out flat. Set the burner at medium and add the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter. When the butter has melted put in the garlic. As soon as you get the fragrance of the garlic cooking add the salt, pepper, parsley and red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir it all together and lay the shrimp out in the skillet. Give the shrimp just half a minute to a minute a side depending on their size. Then put in the rest of the butter, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the white wine. Oh yeah, and a splash of the pasta water.
  4. Stir it all together and just a minute or so after it comes up to a simmer enjoy your quick and easy, homemade, better than a restaurant Shrimp Scampi!
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