Sunday, July 14, 2013

Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Easy Skillet Chicken ParmesanI know that chicken parmesan has been around for ages! There are so many recipes out there that it's mind boggling!

This technique, that I found on many Internet cooking sites, is just an easier version of chicken parmesan because you don't have to bread each piece of chicken! And you don't have to layer the sauce and mozzarella! Just pour the tomato sauce over the seasoned, sautéed chicken. Then add the cheese and bread crumbs on top and bake to brown!

Here are some more very similar versions of this technique that you might like from...Recipe Girl Food Network...Whole Foods Market...and Betty Crocker!

I'm showing this recipe the way I made it!

Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan
 Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

 1 lb. of pasta cooked according to package
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin and cut into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs - I like 4C brand
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp.  ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
about 32 ounces homemade tomato sauce - jarred is fine also
1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese - I use part skim

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Mix together the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
with about 2 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
Spread out the bite sized chicken pieces in a single layer.
Mix together the salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano and thyme.
Then sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken pieces.
On the stove top, heat a large oven proof skillet to med/high heat with 1 tbls. of olive oil. Saute seasoned chicken pieces in 3 small batches until browned. Adding more olive oil as needed for each batch. When all the chicken pieces are browned, put all the pieces back into the skillet and pour some of the tomato sauce over the chicken. Just enough to cover the chicken completely, but save some to add to the pasta when serving. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Then sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture. Bake on middle rack, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted, and bread crumb topping is nicely browned.
Place desired amount of cooked pasta in each dish and top with more tomato sauce.

Then add desired amount of the chicken parmesan on top and serve warm.
Serves 6

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