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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chicken Parmesan-A dinner for my daughter, Kim

My daughter, Kim, just finished all her boards and schooling to be a dental assistant this last week, with honors..a 4.0 avergage!, so I made her her favorite meal she picked, of chicken parmesan, Italian salad and garlic bread.  I also made a toasted coconut/banana cream pie for dessert..a new recipe I had gotten from a family friend, John Burrington.  Her family and Joe came over to eat.  Shellie, my other daughter was at school for the firearms classes she teaches so couldn't come.  I don't make this often so haven't posted the recipe yet, per Kim, so here goes..

CHICKEN PARMESAN:  (This recipe is for 4 servings, but you can easily up it by doubling the breading or by using small chicken breasts to serve more people.  I like the thinner breasts..I buy the Purdue brand from Costco in the big bag and they are nice and thin for this recipe.  If you have thick breasts I would advice cutting them lengthwise and making two servings.

1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated (fresh) Parmesan cheese-divided
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano-divided
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 egg
1 Tablespoon water

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

2 Tablespoons butter or margarine for frying

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
one small jar Prego traditional sauce
one small jar

 marinara sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon sugar

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Hot cooked fettuccine or pasta of your choice

In a round cake pan or other shallow pan, combine the bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp oregano, basil, salt and pepper.  In another pan, combine the egg and water and mix until blended well.  Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture.  Add butter to skillet and when melted and pan is hot enough (medium heat) place chicken in pan and brown well on both sides and cook until juices run clear.  (I actually brown each side well and then put chicken on a sheet pan and place in 325 degree oven to finish cooking while I prepare the rest of the food.  Meanwhile combine the sauce ingredients, plus the remaining oregano and warm thoroughly in a saucepan.  Once the pasta, chicken and sauce are ready, lay down a serving of the pasta on a plate, the breaded chicken, some hot sauce, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and a little fresh parmesan . 



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