From The Kitchen of A Military WIfe

Chicken Parmesean

Posted on: February 17, 2010

I just can’t seem to get enough of my Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.  I found this recipe while trying to decide what I could cook without having to run to the grocery store.  This recipe definitely did not disappoint.  It will be my new go-to recipe.  I had to make a few alterations which I have input into the following recipe.


For the breaded chicken:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( I like the thinly sliced kind, if you don’t use that kind you need to pound the breasts flat with a mallet)

1/4 cup salt

2 teaspoons pepper

1/2 loaf stale french bread (you may use non-stale bread but it will be harder to slice)

1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup olive oil (split)

Sauce Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes or 2 cans tomato puree (if you buy diced tomatoes you need to run them through the food processer or blend to puree them)

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dreid oregano

1/4 teaspoon sugar (add a little more if you like a sweeter sauce)

Additional Ingredients:

2 teaspoons salt

8 ounces spagetti

3/4 cup shredded mozerella cheese

3/4 cup shredded Parmesan (SPLIT: fresh is best, if not use the jarred stuff)

8 Tablespoons butter (Split)

In a large gallon, ziploc bag place the 4 pieces of click, 1/4 cup salt, and about 1 quart water.  Seal the bag getting as much air out as possible.  Shake to ensure that the salt is dissolved and refrigerate 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, you want to prepare your bread crumbs.  This was the first time I ever made bread crumbs myself and I will never go back to premade! These made perfectly crisp chicken 🙂 Cut your french bread into small cubes.  Then using a food processor or blender, shred it into a powder.  Set aside.  While you are still waiting for the chicken to marinade you can start working on the sauce.  Over the stove top heat the 2 cloves garlic, and 1/4 cup olive oil over low heat.  After 2 minutes add 2 cans tomato puree, basil, oregano, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. In a large pot, boil your pasta (with 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons butter) according to the directions on the box.  Drain and set aside.Lay 3 paper towels down on your counter top.   Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and lay the chicken on the paper towels.  Lay another 3 paper towels on top of the chicken.  Press to remove moisture and let sit for 10 minutes.  While the chicken is sitting prepare 3 shallow bowls.  The first with the flour, the second a mixture of the 2 eggs plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the third the bread crumbs.  Dip the chicken in the shallow bowls in the order provided above.  Make sure that you are throughly coating the chicken each time.  After the chicken is coated in bread crumbs let it sit for 5 minutes on a wire rack (or a plate) for 5 minutes.  Repeat for each piece of chicken.  Meanwhile heat 6 Tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan for 2 minutes.  Place the first 2 pieces of chicken in the oil and let it fry until cooked throughout (about 4 minutes on each side, 8 minutes total)  After each chicken has been fried, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lay each piece of chicken on the foil.  Preheat your oven to 300 and top each piece of chicken with about 1/4 cup sauce and a mixture of cheeses (you should only use 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese for all of the chicken breasts in this step).  Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is thoroughly melted.  While the chicken is cooking go back to the pasta you previously cooked. Add the remaining Parmesan (1/2 cup) and 6 tablespoons butter.  If your butter is not already softened you may need to microwave it for 20 seconds.  Remove the chicken from the oven and serve with pasta.  Enjoy and let me know how it goes!


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