Chicken Parmesan

Okay… so normally when I make Chicken Parmesan, I try to make it healthier by baking the breaded chicken instead of frying it. The other night I was not in the mood for healthy. I was in the mood for crispy, tender, chicken smothered in sauce and cheese with a giant piece of garlic bread. The result was a success– crispy breading, tender chicken, and a whole lot of flavor made this comfort food dinner one to remember.

I used the basics from our family recipe but I added my own twist. I did not have Italian style breadcrumbs at home so I used Panko breadcrumbs that I seasoned myself, with lots of Parmesan cheese and herbs. I also made this delicious dish with chicken tenderloin instead of normal thin-cut chicken breast. I have recently discovered the frozen chicken tenderloin from Trader Joe’s. For only $6.50 you can get 2.5 pounds of all natural chicken. It is delicious, convenient, and easy to cook. The bag consists of10 servings of chicken, making the chicken only $0.65 per serving. Not bad 🙂

Ingredients (Serves 4 hungry mouths):

  • 8 Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (or make your own!)
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil and Parsley to Taste
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Olive Oil for Cooking

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rub salt and pepper on raw chicken breasts. Wash Hands!
  3. Take out three separate bowls and add the flour to one, two eggs beaten to the second bowl.
  4. In the third bowl make the breadcrumb mixture by combining panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  5. Now, heat a cast iron skillet with about 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Take the raw chicken and first cover it in flour.
  7. Dip the floured chicken in the egg wash.
  8. Cover the egged and floured chicken in breadcrumb mix.
  9. Place chicken in the heated skillet. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. (I cooked four chicken tenderloins at a time).
  10. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned.
  11. Transfer fried chicken to a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes.
  12. Take the chicken out of the oven and switch the oven to broil.
  13. Top the chicken with spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese.
  14. Return chicken to oven and broil for about a minute or until cheese has melted.
  15. Serve with favorite pasta and sauce.

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