Chicken Parmesan with Pasta

It’s a well known fact that we like Italian food in this house. It had been more than a day since we had something Italian therefore it was time. Driving home from work, I got the overwhelming urge for Chicken Parmesan. Not the baked stuff I usually do, but something with a nice crunch.

There isn’t really a lot to this recipe but it’s certainly delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 breasts of chicken, cut in half, into two fillets
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 Egg
  • Breadcrumbs for coating
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Angel Hair pasta
  • Red pasta sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Start with cutting your chicken breasts into halves. Season both sides of your chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge each breast in flour. Be sure to coat each side and the edges.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

In a small sauce pan, warm your pasta sauce.

Lightly beat 1 egg in a bowl. Put about 1 cup of bread crumbs in another bowl and season with a little garlic powder. Take your floured chicken and dip into the egg wash, coating all over, then into the bread crumbs. Bread all four chicken breasts.

Put the chicken into the skillet and cook for three minutes on each side, or until golden brown on each side. Remove the chicken to a baking sheet. Finish the chicken in the 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. {Depending on how thick your chicken breasts, add more or less time.}

In a large pot, boil the water needed for your pasta. We used angel hair which only takes 3-5 minutes to cook. But if you’re using a penne or something denser you’ll need more time for the pasta.

Pull the chicken out and top with mozzarella cheese, put back into the oven to melt the cheese.

Plate the pasta first, topped with chicken and the cover with sauce. If you’re feeling zesty add a little fresh shaved Pecorino-Romano or grated Parmesan cheese!

Enjoy!

B.

PS. I have a lot of conversations with people about portion control. Just want you to know, the photos I take are usually of my husband’s portion of food. I know, that’s cheating. But, seriously, my portions of food are half the size I give him. If you’re looking for the answer to healthy eating or weight loss – it’s not in the total fat/calories that each dish has. Moreso, it’s in how much you eat of it.

Just for comparison purposes.

Exhibit A: Husband Portion, above. 

Exhibit B: B’s Portion, here:

Sad, I know. But when you’re married to a man with the metabolism of a cheetah – he gets a bigger portion. So there you have it, my secret is out!

B.

Chicken Parmesan with Pasta

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