Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chicken Parmesan


This has to be one of my favorite dishes to order when we are out. It's something so simple to make, yet I rarely make it! That, however is going to change. For whatever reason I had just been craving this dish lately so I decided it was time to make it. I served this along side spaghetti. I normally make my own tomato sauce but wanted to use up what I had in the pantry so I just used a jar of store bought sauce. I love making my own sauce but usually make a huge pot of it and then store it in lots of containers in the freezer. I have been doing that for years. You can count on spaghetti and meatballs in my house once a week. Maybe it's a tradition I picked up from my grandma. We had this every Sunday and I do mean EVERY Sunday during my childhood!!! I never got tired of it then and still don't now!

Anyhow, this is one simple easy dish to make and it usually approved by the whole family!

6 boneless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste
1 large jar tomato sauce
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat large skillet and add your olive oil. In a large bowl mix breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings, garlic, salt and pepper. Dip chicken cutlets into egg and then into breadcrumb mixture. Coat well. Cook on medium high heat for several minutes on each side till nicely browned. Using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, coat bottom of pan with some of the tomato sauce. Arrange browned chicken on top of this and add about 2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each cutlet. Then top with generous amounts of mozzarella. This will melt down somewhat so make sure cheese looks stacked on top of cutlet. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 1/2 hour uncovered. Remove from oven and let stand for several minutes and add more parmesan cheese, if desired.

29 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

the classics... love this dish

Jenn said...

Chicken Parmesan is one of my all time favorite dishes! I don't make it nearly enough either! YUM.. I may have to add this to my menu plan next week!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

How yummy, the best of all cuisines.

Diana's Cocina said...

I too enjoy making my own sauce. I'm sure your is delish. This dish has my approval ;).

Ingrid said...

You know I really enjoy this but never make it at home either and I'm certain it would get a thumbs up from the family too. Thanks for the push.
~ingrid

Jenn said...

Yum!! Delicious. All the cheesy goodness right on top.

Joanne said...

My parents have always stored freezer-fuls of sauce as well. I mean, why spend hours letting sauce simmer if you're not going to make enough to last you six months? I would do it too if my freezer weren't stuffed at the moment.

I love chicken parm! What a great recipe.

Lara said...

I, too, love to order chicken parmesan whenever we go out, but rarely have made it homemade. Looks delicious!

George Gaston said...

Debbie, nothing like homemade chicken parm... There is something about it that says, Good Home Cooking!

Definitely putting in my "need to make" folder, thanks...

Cassie said...

I love chicken parm! Your version sounds delicious.

Bridgett said...

I always love how simple yet flavorful this dish always ends up being. Yours looks and sounds delicious.

Chef Aimee said...

I honestly can't think of a better Italian-American dish than chicken parm! Yours looks fantastic!

Julie said...

I totally have to make this!

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is one of my favs too...love the gooey cheese!

Have a great weekend Deb - hope it's warm, full of bananas, coffee and snow-less!

Mary said...

It's amazing how some dishes survive the test of time. I adore chicken parm and left to my own devises would have it far more often than I do. Yours looks wonderful.

The Blonde Duck said...

I haven't made this in so long. I love chicken parmeasean!

teresa said...

mmmm, the picture alone speaks for itself, delicious!

Monica H said...

My husband loves this dish but he never said anything to me so how was I to know? Every onc ein a while I'll surprise him with chicken parm and he loves it. so simple.

Pam said...

This is one of my favorites too - yours looks amazing, I love the gooey cheese.

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't had chicken parm for a while. Yours looks cheesy delicious!

Velva said...

I really enoy chicken parmesan too. Yours looks really good.

btw, I think store bought sauce, a little jazzed up is perfect for these kind of dishes.

Sophie said...

Hello Debbie!

Brussels calling!! Your chicken parmesan dish looks superb!! A must try!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Katy ~ said...

I LOVE chicken parm, can't tell you the last time I made it. You have spurred me to do this old and beloved favorite. Love new recipes, but sometimes if the beloved old favorites that bring the best feelings of home and comfort. Thanks for sharing this classic!

Amanda said...

This is such a comfort food dish isn't it? Looks fabulous!

appropriated.muffin said...

mmmmm this is a comfort food for me! but i always have to order out for it since i'm not all that great at cooking. (not a fan of handling raw chicken - blech). i'll be sure to save this recipe... in case one day i decide to overcome that! ;)

Emily said...

Wow. This looks amazing. I love Chicken Parmesan too. I think I need your sauce recipe! Maybe it's a treasure Italian secret though... :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a great weekend! I wanted to make this but never got too!

Cate O'Malley said...

wonderful, now you have ME craving it!

Claudia said...

Hi Debbie: You are the proud recipient of an ABC Italiano book - please e-mail me your address and I shall get it out to you!