This week Manny and I went grocery shopping and as we were in the store, shopping from our list, we realized we didn’t have a plan for dinner. We were in the meat section, looking at the selection of chicken and Manny suggested we team up and make Chicken Parmesan. So we did. I made the sauce and Manny did the chicken. We decided to cheat and buy a loaf of garlic bread instead of making pasta so that was simply a matter of heating it up. Dinner was delicious, making it was fun, and it ended up being something of a much needed date-night in the end.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 C shredded mozzarella and provolone mix
Panko Bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 C canola oil
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 large onions
2-3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp italian seasoning mix
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C water
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make your chicken you will need a meat mallet (we used a hammer). Pound your chicken until it is an even thickness all the way through. Dredge you chicken through a mixture of the flour, salt, and pepper. Next dip in a well beaten egg, making sure it is completely covered. Then coat in Panko. Warm oil until very hot in a skillet on medium high heat. Add chicken. Cook on either side until Panko is golden brown. *The chicken will not be cooked through yet* Place chicken on a cookie sheet and cover liberally with shredded cheese. Bake until heated through to 165 degrees being careful not to rest your thermometer on the cookie sheet when temping. If you don’t have a thermometer you can always do the old standby of cutting open one piece to make sure it is cooked through. Baking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken.
While your chicken is baking you can make the sauce. Most recipes call for the chicken to be cooked in the sauce but Manny and I prefer a crispy chicken so we made it this way instead.
Dice your onions and place in a skillet with olive oil and garlic. Cook on medium high heat until the onions are caramelized. Reduce heat to medium low and add red wine vinegar to deglaze the pan. Add spaghetti sauce, rinsing jar with a little water and adding that to the skillet as well. Stir in spices. Allow to simmer until meat is done. Serve over chicken and enjoy! We had ours with garlic bread and it was absolutely scrumptious!
In this crazy world we’re living in, I hope you are all taking time for yourselves and for the people you do get to have in your life. Keeping relationships healthy is so important during this time of social isolation. So plan a date night and make it something special. Or cook as a family. Find something to be grateful for instead of feeling down over what we’ve lost. And as always, take care and God bless.