For the new kid in the kitchen…

Painless Parm

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For today’s easy recipe I wanted to do a dish in honor of a traditional family dinner.  Maybe I’m just feeling extra sentimental, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been stuck with my family all week, but either way this is a great recipe to bring people together (Sidenote: I think anything smothered in melted cheese brings people together).

While I pride myself on being from a Jewish family that loves to cook, I often look to another ethnicity for inspiration when it comes to giant family meals… as such, today Novice Noms declares Viva l’Italiano!

I’ve tinkered with several recipe options and have produced an easy Chicken Parmesan recipe that will have you, and your dinner guests, feeling both full and happy. So without further adieu, Let’s dive into this Italian masterpiece …and i assure you, I will do all of this without even one reference to the Godfather or Good Fellas.

Breading Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (or panko)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • A generous dash of salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and garlic powder

All Other Ingredients

  • 4 chicken fillets
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • Tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs

Let’s start cooking already!

  1. Sandwiching your chicken between a cutting board and saran wrap, pound your fillets into 1/4 in. slabs (keep these thin and uniform to minimize cook time and maximize even cooking).  A mallet is recommended for this, but I found that any tool available will do. Personally, I used a rolling pin. ALSO, I found that this was one of the best stress relievers that cooking offers. Just pretend that chicken is your unruly co-workers, or homework, or whatever else is currently irking you.
  2. Once you have achieved flat chicken (and inner peace), whip together together your eggs in a separate bowl and dunk each fillet in (use whites only for a healthier option).
  3. In a shallow tray mix your dry ingredients, then coat each side of your fillets in this concoction.
  4. In a large frying pan heat your olive oil then place your fillets in.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the breast is fully cooked in the middle.
  6. Place on a separate tray and cover in tomato sauce and sliced mozzarella.
  7. Broil for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

There you have it folks, an easy classic Italian favorite. So crack open a bottle of red wine, boil up some pasta, and invite  some family and friends over for some Chicken Parm that they won’t be able to refuse (ok, i slipped… one Godfathers reference).

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2 responses

  1. sharna

    I was ravenous after our 24 hour turnaround drive to NYC and back, but as you can see – we cleared our plates! This one is delicious.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:41 am

    • Dave Reed

      Looks really tasty – comfort food for sure. Will give it a whirl! Thanks for posting and love the pics too.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:36 am

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