Chicken Parm

Isn't it fun when you find out something random you never knew about someone who is very close to you??? This happened with me and John this weekend. He doesn't eat red meat, so I'm always trying to come up with new ways to make chicken fun. Well I realized I had never made chicken parm for him before... so off I went, slicing and dicing, breading, and cheesing up some chicken parm... pour some nice chunky red sauce over it... only to find out... he doesn't like chicken parm... wait what??

He loves red sauce, wants it on everything... loves when I do oven breaded chicken... but apparently breaded chicken and red sauce don't go together... he's a nut isn't he? I always tell him, "it's a good thing you're cute, cause otherwise you'd be in big trouble"

Well let me tell you, he ate said chicken parm... and said it tasted really good. So take THAT not liking chicken parm!!

The most important part of making this is to not over cook the chicken. If it's not tender... I wont eat it. dry chicken = inedible in my mind. So keep and eye on this and try to cut your chicken pieces to equal thicknesses so you don't under/over cook half of them.

I was busy making a couple batches of muffins in the oven so I cooked these on the stove. That is also why I don't cook the breast in full form... they cook much faster when you cut them up, so it's less likely to dry out.

steph chows chicken parm

Mix the following in a shallow bowl
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 Tbs corn starch
salt, pepper, chili powder, parsley flakes to taste

Cut the chicken into finger sized pieces about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
3 skinless chicken breasts fat trimmed

Slices of mozzarella (you can use full fat, reduced fat, fat free... whatever floats your boat)
Pasta sauce of choice heated up

Heat a large pan covered in olive oil spray over medium heat. (I like to use my pancake pan since it's huge)

As pan is heating take chicken pieces one by one and dredge in the flour mixture and place on hot pan. Start with the slightly thicker pieces and end with the thinnest (see this way they all cook evenly) Cook 2-3 minutes and then turn. Don't smoosh the pieces down with a spatula... that just pushes all the juices out... don't do it! Place bits of mozzarella on each piece. Continue cooking until it's not pink in the middle (I'll take a piece and slice it open to check). Remove from pan and cover with pasta sauce of your choice. Sprinkle with more parm if you like, and serve!


12 chews:

Sunshine said...

I love love love chicken parm! I'll have to try it your way next time.

Natalie said...

Looks great! I love chicken parm, I always used to order it (but it sure wasn't good for me!!). This looks much more figure friendly. :)

Pam said...

How could anyone not LOVE chicken parmesan? It's one of my very favorite dishes.... I think you're right about over cooking chicken - YUCK.

Megan said...

Ha ha. I feel your pain. My boyfriend is just like that. He'll eat certain foods separately but then look at me like I have three heads when I suggest combining them. Luckily, he likes chicken parm too!

What, indeed?! Who doesn't like chicken parm?! That's just crazy talk. I'm glad to hear he tried it and liked it ... this yummy recipe is bound to make a convert out of him yet. So, so delicious!

Sara said...

It's been way too long since I made chicken parm, yours looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your blog and loved it! Once I saw all the pictures of yummy food - it stole my heart. Your chicken parm looks ahhh-mazing! Going to follow along!

momgateway said...

It sounds so easy, thanks!

Reeni♥ said...

That's funny! It's your awesome cooking! There's something about chicken parm that is so comforting - this looks great!

Never heard of one not liking chicken parm. A shame. Panko crumbs are one of our new go to's for crunch. Love it.

Steph said...

I've never had chicken parm before. I feel like after reading food blogs, I haven't had many foods before! Why am I not surprised you're baking muffins? I can't wait to see what low fat variety you made.

Sophie said...

I love your chicken parm, the healthy way!

Yummie food, Steph!

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