Thursday, January 29, 2009

Parmesan Chicken and Mozzarella Garlic Bread

Spaghetti is such an easy go-to meal in a hurry, but I sometimes get tired of the ground beef and red sauce variety. I like chicken parmesan at restaurants (especially the Maggiano's Chicken Parmesan), so I thought it'd be a good accompaniment along a smaller portion of spaghetti. Here's the recipe! (by the way, just to manage expectations, this is nothing like the Maggiano's Chicken Parmesan Recipe...)

2 small boneless chicken breasts (or 1 large chicken breast cut in half)
1 egg
Breadcrumbs (Italian seasoned, garlic seasoned or plain)
Favorite marinara sauce

Heat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil
Pound chicken flat, to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
In a shallow dish, lightly whisk the egg
In another shallow dish, pour in bread crumbs. If using unseasoned bread crumbs, season with garlic salt, pepper, and/or Italian seasoning - your choice!
Dredge chicken in the egg, then in bread crumbs on both sides
Place on the foil-lined baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, until cooked through
In the meantime, heat the marinara sauce and set aside
Remove the chicken from oven, and turn on the broiler
Spoon on the marinara sauce on the chicken, top with mozzarella, and place under broiler until cheese is melted

Mozzarella Garlic Bread Recipe
Small french bread loaf
Butter or margarine
Garlic salt or fresh garlic cloves
Italian seasoning

Slice garlic bread lengthwise, and bake in the 400 degree oven until crusty
Remove bread, and immediately spread butter/margarine on the bread
Sprinkle on garlic salt, or take whole clove of garlic and rub across the top of the hot bread (the heat will sort of melt the garlic)
Pile on the mozzarella, and sprinkle on italian seasoning
Heat broiler, and place under the broiler until cheese is melty and bubbly

Similarly you can leave the mozzarella off and just use the butter, garlic (salt), and seasonings
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1 comment:

  1. That looks delicious! Now I have a hankering for italian.. lol!