During the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when I get home from a busy day all I can think about is take out sounds good. I mean, take out is easy, but then my inner chef yells at me. So I turn on the kitchen lights, and as I roll up my sleeves, pour a glass of wine and fire up the oven, I remember why I love to cook. My family will be in the kitchen any second now, wondering what’s for dinner and ready to tell me about their day. That’s when I decide that chicken parmesan is on the menu. There’s just something about the melting cheese over some good homemade (or jarred) sauce that makes it a great choice for a cold night.

That same chicken parmesan recipe that I use is something I would love to share with you.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Ingredients (Serves 4)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (5 to 6 ounces each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups panko or seasoned dry bread crumbs

1 cup canola oil

1 ½ cups marinara sauce (your favorite brand or homemade), warmed

1 cup grated Provolone Cheese

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Chicken Parmesan Garnished with Pasta

Chicken Parmesan Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the flour in a shallow bowl or on a plate, the beaten eggs in a bowl, and spread the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl or on a plate.
  4. Dip each breast first in the flour to coat both sides and then in the eggs to coat. Lastly, dip the breasts in the breadcrumbs to coat both sides.
  5. Set aside each breast on a plate when fully coated.

Chicken Parmesan Over Pasta

  1. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil is very hot. Drop a few breadcrumbs in the oil and if they sizzle, the oil is hot enough.
  2. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Lift from the pan with tongs or a wide spatula and transfer to a baking dish large enough to hold them in a single layer.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.
  4. Take the pan from the oven and spoon the sauce over the chicken to cover. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5 to 8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
  5. Serve hot.

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