Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Easy Homemade Chicken Parmesan Recipe

 We've not had the massive amounts of snow that many of you are enduring, but we re finally starting to get our fair share.  I will confess that I don't really mind it though.  Why you ask?  Because this is the season where I get to indulge in some of those heavier, heartier meals.  You know the ones.  Pure comfort food.  And for me, it doesn't get any more comforting that a good Chicken Parmesan.

The finished Chicken Parmesan with the title at the  bottom.

It's saucy, and crunchy.  Cheesy and tender.  Mmmm....It's truly divine and not nearly as difficult to make as you may think.  In fact, I dare say you can even whip this up on a week night.  I know you are going to love it, so let's get started!

 Chicken Parmesan:
*Prep Time: 15 min.  *Cook Time: 45 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 6-84


The ingredients needed for the chicken Parmesan.

  • 3-4 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts, cut in half
  • 2 c. Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 c. Grated Parmesan
  • 1 jar of Marinara Sauce
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella, shredded 
  • 4 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

The chicken breast being cut into two cutlets.

When I make chicken parmesan, I like a thinner, crisper piece of chicken.  So I cut my chicken breast in half.
I place my hand on the top of the breast and gently work my knife through.  I open it like a book and then...

The chickenbreasts being cut into two cutlets.

Cut that into two pieces.

The chicken cutlets in a resealable bag, being pounded out.

Then I place them into a resealable bag and, using a mallet or a rolling pin, I gently pound them out to an even thickness.

The breading station being set up.

Next you will need to get two shallow dishes.
In one pan you will crack and whisk the eggs.  In the other pan you will add the breadcrumbs, 1/4 c. grated parmesan, and a little salt and pepper.

A cast iron skillet, on the stove, with oil in it.

Now you will place a heavy skillet over medium/high heat and cover the bottom with oil.

The chicken cutlet being dipped in egg.

Take one of the chicken cutlets and dip in the egg.
Cover both sides.

The chicken cutlet being added to the flour mixture.

Then dip it into the flour.
Cover both sides.

The chicken being fried.

Then brown on both sides for 4-6 minutes per side.

The sauce being added to the bottom of a baking dish.

Next, in a baking dish, place a thin layer of your favorite marinara sauce on the bottom.
I am using some of my homemade sauce, but you can certainly use your favorite jarred sauce here. There are many great varieties on the market.

The chicken being added to the baking dish.

Place the chicken into the dish.

A little more sauce on top of the chicken.

Place a little more of the sauce over the top of the chicken.

Cheese being grated.

Shred the cheeses,

Cheese being added to the top of the Chicken Parmesan.

And sprinkle over the top of the chicken as well.

The Chicken Parmesan in the oven.

Place, uncovered, into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and started to become brown.

The finished chicken parmesan.

And there you have it!  A DELICIOUS homemade Chicken Parmesan!  Traditionally this is served with some pasta, but I like to serve my with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and a nice salad.  This is going to be a real crowd pleaser and I KNOW it is going to make some regular appearances on your dinner table this winter.  So give it a try tonight!  You will be so glad you did!

Stay warm out there and as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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