My life motto is “do what you love”. It took me a while to realize that it was okay to do what makes me happy and to stop letting others dictate my happiness.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with chicken parmesan I’m sure.
It’s pretty simple. Some days spending time with my son watching Paw Patrol is what makes me happy, well that always makes me happy. But, other days I just want to do one small thing that makes me forget about the world. Something that makes me happy.
That’s where this delicious chicken parmesan comes in.
I love to cook! While Some days I have hardly any time left in the day to do it, I always try at least a few nights a week to cook up a yummy meal.
This chicken parmesan was last night’s special. I chose to look for an easy recipe online and NOT follow it, because well….that’s pretty much what I do every time I cook.
I get excited about some recipe I found online and swear I’m going to use the exact ingredients listed and always end up adding my own. Sometimes, that’s what makes for an even better meal and more unique meal.
The only problem is you have to remember what you did so you can repeat it for next time.
For this dish, I bought 4 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, Italian bread crumbs, crushed tomatoes, and parmesan and mozzerella cheese. The other ingredients, which I already had included Italian seasoning, basil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, olive oil, 2 eggs, angel hair pasta, alfredo sauce and fresh garlic.
Seems like a lot, but half this stuff is probably sitting in your spice cabinet or fridge.
My philosophy when cooking Italian is, the more seasonings (especially garlic) the better. Unless you’re allergic to garlic obviously which would be completely tragic.
As most people know when you cook chicken parm you have to put it between two sheets of plastic wrap and basically punch it with your fist while thinking about someone who really ticked you off last week. Kidding! But once you beat that chicken to about 1/4 inch thick, the hardest part is over.
The next step or possibly the first step, whichever order you prefer, is to get that sauce going. You want to have at least one large can (28oz) of crushed tomatoes. Drop those bad boys in a sauce pan and turn on the stove to about a 5 and start adding your chopped fresh garlic and your favorite seasonings. I like to add a couple tablespoons of sugar to every red sauce I make, trust me you won’t regret it.
After you’ve got the sauce going, let it simmer. Meanwhile, have about 2 eggs whisked in a bowl, have another bowl with a can of bread crumbs, (maybe 1 cup or less depending on how much you’re making.)
Dip those 1/4 inch chicken breasts in the egg, then in the bowl of bread crumbs. You’ll want another pan with a small amount of olive oil heated up before you drop your chicken breasts in. The chicken breasts should be cooked no longer than about 5 minutes, turning frequently. While this is going on you should have your favorite noodles boiling as well.
Once you’ve done all that, put your oven on LOW broil. Please not on high, I did that and almost burnt the house down, but the worst part, burnt my dinner.
Now your chicken is cooked, it’s on a baking sheet and ready to be cheesed! Throw some mozzarella on each piece of chicken and put them on LOW broil until cheese is melted….watching carefully and checking frequently.
Once the cheese is melted, throw some sauce (as much as you like) on it and a pile of noodles, with some sauce, top with parmesan cheese and viola! You have a delicious and yummy Italian style meal for one or the whole family depending on how hungry you are or if you like to share.
As a woman who loves to take care of her man, I heated up a can of some garlic Alfredo sauce I had sitting in the pantry that was about to expire, he loves alfredo.
So if you have picky eaters who don’t want the red sauce, Alfredo is a great substitute! Or a mixture of both.