Chicken Parmesan

I love to bring meals to people (or cook for people) when life gets a little hectic – for example, when my neighbor had a new baby, or when another friend recently found herself with two new foster children. I asked my neighbor what she would like me to bring over, and she asked, “Can you make Chicken Parmesan? That’s what I’m really craving!” I said, “Sure.” And then I scrambled to find a recipe! Why? Well, until now, I had never actually made Chicken Parmesan!

Once I found this recipe, I knew my neighbor and my other friend would both love it! So – we made it twice, and each time we served it with homemade pasta. It was a huge hit, and greatly appreciated both times! Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan

From Cooking Light, Jan 2014
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb raw chicken breast, cut into 4 cutlets
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp garlic powder
dash of salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (you will only use about 1/2 of this)
1 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese (you will only use about 1/2 of this)
dash of pepper
1 tsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 oz whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced into four pieces

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300.

2. Make 3 plates/breading trays: In the first, combine flour, garlic powder, and salt. In the second, add the beaten egg. In the third, combine panko, parmesan, and pepper.

3. Heat a large skillet to medium, and add the butter and oil.

4. For each piece of chicken, dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. Then dip into egg (let excess drip off). Then dip into panko/cheese mixture, pressing to adhere.

5. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Place browned chicken on a baking sheet or broiler pan. Place in oven at 300 for about 10 min (to thoroughly cook chicken).

5. Turn on broiler. Top each chicken piece evenly with mozzarella. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serve over pasta with tomato sauce, if desired.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 296.1
Total Fat: 11.4 g
Saturated Fat: 4.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4.8 g
Cholesterol: 145.7 mg
Sodium: 306.4 mg
Potassium: 399.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 7.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
Sugars: 0.4 g
Protein: 37.8

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