Chicken Parmigiana

My mom has the Everyday Food Great Food Fast cookbook. As I was thumbing through it, I found this recipe. I like Chicken Parmigiana, but my husband doesn’t like what he calls “big hunks of chicken” so I haven’t made it. Since he’s out of town, I thought I’d try it out. 

The recipe is easy and pretty quick. I thought we had mozzarella, but we didn’t so I had to cut up string cheese sticks. Haha. We served it with tomato sauce and angel hair pasta. The chicken was moist and flavorful- I loved the crunchy coating.

Chicken Parmigiana

Ingredients

Serves 4.
  • 8 chicken breast cutlets, or 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, split horizontally into 8 cutlets (1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce, homemade or purchased
  • 8 slices (1/4-inch-thick) mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh (6 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler with rack set 4 inches away from the heat source. Combine the breadcrumbs and the Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. Place the egg in a second shallow dish. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in egg, turning to coat. Transfer to breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat; set aside.
  2. Pour spaghetti sauce into a 10-by-15-inch baking dish, or a rimmed baking sheet. In a large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium heat. Add half of the chicken, and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain, then place in prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.
  3. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of mozzarella. Broil until sauce is hot, and mozzarella is melted and lightly browned in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. 
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