My son enthusiastically proclaimed that he had the best lunch ever at school. It was something he had never tried before, chicken parmesan. I told him that I was famillar with it and I could totally make it for him. He requested that I make it the next night. Challenge accepted. Mom must make better dinner than school food!
I did not really follow anyone’s recipe. I just made it up as I went along. I did take notes along the way so I could also share it here.
Here is what I used:
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts. I cut them each in half and the thicker ends I sliced in half again lengthwise. I pounded them to 1 inch thickness.
1.5 cups of Corn Flake Crumbs. I had these on hand, but you could use ground up cereal too and it would work.
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
salt and pepper to taste.
How to assemble:
I mixed the corn flake crumbs, cheese and seasoning and mixed them all together. I divided it into two bowls
Beat the 2 eggs in a medium bowl
Then I created an assembly line.
Dip the chicken into the bread crumb mixture #1
Dip into the egg mixture. Shake off extra liquid.
Dip chicken into bread crumb mixture #2 (I used to use just one bowl to bread, but I found the crumbs got all soggy so I moved it into two bowls)
In a large skillet heat up some olive oil (enough to brown each side). I cooked in two batches to prevent overcrowding in the skillet. It took about 3-4 minutes per side to cook on a medium heat.
Once cooked, I placed the chicken on a cookie sheet on some foil. I added pasta sauce and some mozzarella cheese on half of the chicken. I did not coat the second half of the batch since I will use those as leftovers tomorrow.
I put these in the broiler for about 1-2 minutes. Just keep on eye out it. You want the cheese to melt but not burn.
While all this was going on, my husband shredded 2 small zucchinis into noodles. He sautéed them with olive oil and minced garlic. These were our noodles.
And presto! Chicken Parm. (Gluten free too)
There is a back story to this. I never make chicken I like or crave. I always mess it up. Always. I tried to make chicken last week and I could not even get myself to eat it. I was going to throw in the towel on the fowl and just use rotisserie for the store.
This recipe changed my mind. It was super good. The chicken was cooked perfectly and had a lot of good flavors. It was a happy night in our home.
Now to my son’s reaction….he still liked the one at school better. I could tell. But he rated them exactly the same. He is a good kid, he always tells me he loves my food better, but a mom knows the truth.
Gluten Free Taste Test….like school food, without the gluten. I can take that. (his school does have a good lunch)
Here are the photos of the steps.