Chicken Parmesan

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Have you ever had one of those weeks were you start to wonder if you should just put the pizza delivery guy on speed dial? I was definitely having one of those weeks.

I forgot to pull out the chicken for dinner so I switched the meals around and figured I'd have it another night. Then one of the main ingredients for the chicken dish went bad. Then I realized I didn't have the ingredients for another dish. I was this.close from just picking up the phone and asking the nice pizza place across the street to save me from this kitchen nightmare when Tom said "why don't you just make chicken parmesan?"

Because uh, I've never made chicken parmesan? I dunno. I've mentioned a hundred or so times on here that I have issues with breaded foods because they typically always end up soggy. I couldn't imagine that chicken parmesan would be any different. However, I was hungry so I forged on.



Chicken Parmesan
Source: All Recipes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 bread crumbs
    • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
    • 3 tbsp. canola oil
    • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
    • 15 oz. jar pasta sauce
    • 2 cups cooked spaghetti
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
2. Add canola oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
3. Crack the eggs in a shallow dish and whisk together.
4. In another shallow dish, combine the Parmesan and bread crumbs.
5. Dip the chicken into the egg wash and then into the bread crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
6. When the oil is hot, place the chicken into the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden.
7. Transfer the chicken to the wire rack and continue cooking in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
8. Pour the pasta sauce into the prepared baking dish. Place the chicken on top and put a slice of cheese on top of each chicken breast. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
9. Serve chicken breast and pasta sauce over cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired.

I'll be honest. This wasn't horrible, but it probably isn't something that I'll make again. Even after finishing the chicken in the oven to ensure that it is crispy, baking it in the sauce does absolutely nothing to help with the sogginess. Plus I have a weird issue where I don't like chicken and red sauce together.



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