12 February, 2017
Chicken Parmesan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes
………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.
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….
…….fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.
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.
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!
Chianti fo course! And, some of Poppop”s homemade bread for dipping.