Chicken Parmagiana is perhaps one of the simplest, most under-made recipes. At least it is here at Cuisine Capers. It is hard to say why that is, given that it is a full-flavored, hearty dish that really hits the comfort spot.
You may be asking yourself – Chicken Parmigiana? Is that the same thing as Chicken Parmesan? To most people, I’d say that it is the same thing — Chicken, covered in tomato sauce and cheese and baked. I will have to confess that I do not consider these things the same thing, as I have a different recipe that I make that I call Chicken Parmesan. There also seems to be a plethora of ways to spell Chicken Parmigiana, including parmagiana.
It doesn’t really matter what you call it or how you spell it – all that it really matters is that it’s a satisfying dish.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning,
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 3 – 4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast halves
- 1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup grated pozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Prepare 3 bowls used for dredging the chicken breasts. In bowl #1, add the flour. In bowl #2, beat one egg. In bowl #3 combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian Seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste.
Pat chicken breasts dry and dip into each bowl in order. First, coat with flour lightly. Next, add the chicken breast to the egg wash, ensuring that the breast is coated, yet not dripping with egg. Last, dredge thoroughly in the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly.
Add olive oil to ovenproof sautee pan, and heat until nearly smoking. Slowly immerse each dredged chicken breast into the oil and allow to fry until a crunchy coating has formed. Flip the chicken carefully, making sure that the coating maintains its integrity. Once both sides are fried crisp, remove from the pan.
Here’s where you can make this recipe as complex or as easy as you would like. There are many people who would recoil in horror at the thought of using a jarred spaghetti sauce. I will admit that there are times that I am one of those poeple. But when I want to make good food fast, I don’t mind compromising on a quality, jarred sauce.
Drain the leftover olive oil out of the pan, add the sauce to the same pan, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken breasts to the sauce pan and remove from heat. Spoon some of the sauce in the pan over the chicken breasts to lightly coat. Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese to each breast.
Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 45 minutes, until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
Serve with a side of pasta tossed in the sauce left in the pan, or with a roasted spaghetti squash, also tossed with the remaining pan sauce.