Chicken Parmesan and I go WAY back!!!
 
Years ago, when Mel was just a little girl with ponytails and an adorable gap between her two front teeth, she and I would spend every Saturday having a mother/daughter day.
 
Sometimes we would just hang out at home and watch a Disney movie on a rented VCR (WOW! I’m really aging myself here), or color in her many coloring books.
 
Other times, we would go into the city and do some shopping or catch a new movie at the theater.  For a REALLY big splurge – we would stop for lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant- The Olive Garden.  No matter how many times we went there over the years, our order never changed.  She would always have the Fettuccine Alfredo, and I would have Chicken Parmesan.
 
 
Then one day I decided to try making chicken parmesan.  It didn’t exactly turn out like The Olive Garden’s at first, but after several more tweaks I think I came pretty close!
   

Just an FYI. 

This is one of my semi-homemade recipes. So if you’re all about 100 % homemade, this one isn’t for you!

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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.  

Beat egg and whisk in milk.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over 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.

 

 

Now that’s what I call a meal!!!!  

Are they any foods that bring back special memories for you?

Happy Thursday everyone!

Blessings,

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