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Chicken Parmesan

January 22, 2014Danita

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Have you even had one of those days when dinner time is “rolling” around and even though maybe you have some meat thawed, you are just tired of doing the “same ol’ thing” with it? Well, that’s where I was when I came up with this Chicken Parmesan recipe.  Now, I’m not claiming to have “invented” Chicken Parmesan (that, I believe, was Al Gore…right after the internet) I just made up this particular recipe.  

Here’s how it came about:

As I usually do, right after breakfast I looked at the weekly menu to see what to get out for dinner.  It simply said “chicken”.  I remembered when I had been making the menu, I couldn’t seem to think of anything good so I figured I’d just put “chicken” and something would come to me later.  Well, it was “later” and nothing had come to me, so I got out the chicken anyway and went about my day, not really giving it any more thought.

Much later in the afternoon, when I went down stairs to begin preparing dinner, I realized again…nothing had “come to me”.  I looked through a few cookbooks, stared hopelessly into the pantry and gazed longingly into the refrigerator, waiting for an epiphany…or something. Dinner time grew closer and closer and still NOTHING, so now not only did I need something to do with chicken, but something quick and easy to do with chicken.  

I saw the bread crumbs staring back and me and thought, “Maybe I’ll just roll the chicken in those.”  Then it hit me…Chicken Parmesan!  If I pounded out the chicken, it would fry quickly and I had spaghetti sauce and noodles!  Great idea… only one problem…I’d never made it before and didn’t even have a recipe.  I’m sure there are literally hundreds of Chicken Parmesan recipes online but there was no time for that. My husband would soon be home from work and people here were HUNGRY!  I decided to “wing it”.  

Here’s the Recipe: 

  • boneless skinless chicken breast – 3 large
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (see notes for substitution)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • oil for frying

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First, place chicken in a large plastic bag but DO NOT zip

Using a heavy object, with a smooth surface, pound chicken to about 1/4 -1/2 inch thickness

Remove from bag and cut into “serving” size pieces (this also helps them cook faster)

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In a shallow bowl, mix egg and water and beat slightly

Combine all other ingredients on a plate or another shallow bowl

Generously cover the bottom of your skillet with oil, maybe 1/2 cup for a large skillet (not too much you don’t want to deep fry)

Heat oil on high heat

Dip each piece of chicken first in egg mixture then in bread crumb mixture

Place gently in hot oil, being careful not to splatter

Cook a minute or two until it browns then turn and brown the other side

Once both sides are slightly browned, reduce heat to medium to finish cooking

These should cook in 10-15 minutes, depending on how thickness

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When done, drain on a paper towel

Just before serving, top chicken with Mozzarella, Provolone or Swiss cheese

Place under a hot broiler until cheese is melted and slightly “toasty”

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Serve with a side of spaghetti and sauce

How’d this “made up” dinner go over with the family?

Let’s just say it’s a “regular” on the menu now!

Chicken Paresan
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. boneless skinless chicken breast - 3 large
  2. 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (see notes for substitution)
  3. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  4. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tablespoon water
  7. oil for frying
Instructions
  1. First, place chicken in a large plastic bag but DO NOT zip
  2. Using a heavy object, with a smooth surface, pound chicken to about 1/4 -1/2 inch thickness
  3. Remove from bag and cut into "serving" size pieces (this also helps them cook faster)
  4. When done, drain on a paper towel
  5. Just before serving, top chicken with Mozzarella, Provolone or Swiss cheese
  6. Place under a hot broiler until cheese is melted and slightly "toasty"
Notes
  1. Italian Bread Crumb Substitute: 1 cup regular + 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  2. Chicken can be browned in skillet then placed in 375 degree oven to finish cooking. When done, top with cheese and broil as directed above
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13 Comments

  • gabi @ leanjumpstart

    August 10, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Thank you for sharing the recipe Danita, will pin it for the next time my hubby is craving for a chicken Parmesan;)

  • Pure Grace Farms

    October 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Oh my goodness can I relate to this story. Thanks for the smile.

  • Britni Newton Vigil

    February 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I can see why he’s a regular on your menu, yum! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  • Shauna – The Best Blog Recipes

    February 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I just LOVE Chicken Parmesan and this recipe looks so delicious! I wanted to stop by and say “Thank You” for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party last weekend on The Best Blog Recipes and to Pin your post to our party boards while I was here tonight too!

    Hope to see you again this week!

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  • sdaigneault2

    February 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Yum, I want this for dinner tonight!

  • Tammy Killough

    February 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Thank you for sharing this on Twirl and Take a Bow. I’ve always wanted a good recipe for chicken parmesan…now I know where to go! ~Tammy

  • dianeroark

    February 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    This chicken recipe looks amazingly good. I pinned them! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with Saturday Dishes.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com

  • jody53

    February 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    This chicken sounds so good and that cheese just looks yummy! I’m going to have to try this. I think they will all like it! I found you on Saturday Dishes, I’m so glad I did!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    January 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    So much yum! Thanks for posting this at the Saturday Night Fever link party. Hope to see you back on Saturday!

  • Crystelle Boutique

    January 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    That looks so very yummy! I love cheese melted on top of just about everything…. 🙂
    Have a happy week!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  • bonjourchica

    January 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    This looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Becky Gargan

    January 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    I love chicken parm! This looks alot easier than the recipe I normally follow– I’m pinning this for later!

    1. Danita

      January 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Thanks for pinning Becky! Funny, we call it “chicken parm” too.

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