Marla's Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Hands down, the finest chicken parmesan recipe that I have ever tasted!

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This Italian chicken recipe is based on 4 servings, you can add 2 more chicken breasts if you desire extra portions. Linguine is the pasta of choice for this prize dish. Always keep in mind, whole wheat, quinoa, organic and other gluten-free pastas that are now available. You can also mix whole wheat with regular pasta. As I mentioned in my pasta page, Catelli Smart Pastas are high in dietary fibre and have a light taste. (A great way to trick your family into healthier eating)

Salads For Marla's Chicken Parmesan Recipe

If you choose to have salad on the side of Marla's chicken parmesan recipe, I have a delicious variety in my Italian salad section.

Recipe for Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:
  • 4 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 - 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper
Preparation
  1. Using a wide bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, wisk eggs and cream together.
  3. Cover chicken breasts with wax paper or saran wrap and using a meat mallet, pound them out to half the thickness.
  4. Dip both sides of chicken breasts in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture.
  5. Fry chicken breasts on medium low heat in olive oil and butter until nicely browned on both sides.
  6. Transfer chicken to a 9 x 13 baking dish or casserole dish.
Chicken Parmesan Sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 small or 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • Optional: 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (I love mushrooms, I use them in everything!)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 cans tomato paste cans of water
  • 1-28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes (if diced, puree them in blender)
  • 1 cup organic chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese or an Italian four cheese blend
  • Linguine or Spaghetinni cooked el dente
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Saute onions, mushrooms (if using) and garlic in olive oil until soft.
  3. Stir in can of tomato paste, frying lightly for 5 minutes.
  4. Slowly stir in 2 tomato paste cans of water.
  5. Simmer for 3 minutes then add tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.
  6. Add organic chicken broth and fresh basil.
  7. Simmer sauce on low partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes.min.
  8. Pour enough sauce over chicken breasts to cover them, use the rest over the sauce for pasta.
  9. Spread Parmesan cheese on top then mozzarella, (if using 4 cheese blend then just cover the chicken with that.)
  10. Bake uncovered in oven for 30 minutes or until golden and cheese is bubbling.
  11. Serve over hot linguine or spaghettini
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 60 min
Serves: 4-6
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Nutritional Facts:

Oregano is loaded with health benefits. It is known to be an effective anti-bacterial. It also has potent anti-oxidant activity.

Basil has been shown to help in the treatment of a range of symptoms, including: digestive disorders, inflammation, infection, diabetes, heart disease and headaches.

Garlic lowers cholesterol levels and blood sugar which helps prevent heart attack and stroke. When crushed, raw cloves releases allicin, which has been shown to be a more potent antibiotic than penicillin and tetracycline.

For more on eating healthy, I find Health Benefits Times very informative.

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