At first I tried the recipes that called for fresh tomatoes, fresh breadcrumbs, fresh this and fresh that. They were fine-but they certainly didn’t taste as good as they should for all that ‘extra’ work.
So I decided to experiment a bit.
For those of you who get a rash from even hearing the word -‘semi’ homemade’-I apologize-for your safety-I ask you to please stop reading now.
That’s right folks. This recipe is not 100% homemade. I know…me bad. But, in my defense-this recipe is not only easier than all the ‘homemade’ versions, it also tastes WAY better.
Here is what you’ll need:
4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup milk
2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs (I use Italian)
8 oz. shredded mozzarella
1 jar of Marina sauce-or your favorite Spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons parsley (fresh or dried)
Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken breasts in a plastic bag (sealed tightly) and flatten until they are 1/2″ thick.
I pound the heck of these guys with my trusty rolling pin. (Side note: There is a reason I only have 3 chicken breast-I will get to that in a bit.)
Beat egg and whisk in milk. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Dip chicken breasts in egg/milk mixture, and then in breadcrumbs. Place in skillet. Cook for 3 minutes on each side-or until brown.
Meanwhile, pour about a 2/3 cup of the marina or spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
When chicken is done- place them on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Pour remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and Parsley-and more mozzarella if you like it SUPER cheesy!
Bake in oven for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is tender and cheese is bubbling. Serve over spaghetti noodles.
Do you understand now-why I only used 3 chicken breasts instead of 4? Can you believe the size of this ONE breast? It could feed an army-or hubby for 3 lunches-(which it did!)
Now that’s what I call a meal!!!! The salad was pretty close to the Olive Gardens-and the wine….well, that was really, really good too!
Are they any foods that bring back special memories for you?
Happy Thursday everyone!