This dish was done on the fly! It was so unplanned, but that’s how easy it is! If you got some sauce, breadcrumbs and chicken breasts, you can whip up a quick and easy chicken parm in no time! I paired my chicken parm with whole grain penne pasta. I opted to do the penne pasta because I think the nice bite of the pasta compliments the chicken but you can have it with any kind of pasta you prefer.
Prep: 10 minutes if you include pounding out and breading the chicken. Cook: 30 minutes. Total: 40 minutes
Preheat oven on 350 degrees.
- 2-4 chicken breasts pounded out thinly
- 1-2 cups of flour if you want some extra crispiness ( which is what i did)
- 3-4 cups of Italian bread crumbs
- 1 cup of white onion diced
- 1 jar of your favorite sauce for a quick recipe I used Classico brand Roasted Garlic flavor
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 pack of Parmesan cheese ( i opted to use the Kraft 5 cheese blend which included Parmesan, mozzarella, asiago, etc)
- 1/2 cup of parsley chopped
- 1 box of your favorite pasta
Once you pound out your chicken breasts, in a bowl combine bread crumbs and chicken breasts. Make sure you coat the breasts thoroughly before you add the flour ( this gives the chicken an optimum crunch and makes the flour and breadcrumb stick together). Then add flour.
In a skillet drizzle about 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, or at least enough to coat the pan. Add your chicken and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is golden brown. Flip over and brown the other side. In a separate pot, begin cooking your sauce down on low heat. We will add the sauce later.
Once the chicken is golden brown, remove it from the pan and set it aside. Don’t worry if the chicken is not cooked through, it will finish cooking in the oven. While the pan is still hot, add your onion and garlic. Let all the drippings from the pan soak up! Cook until your onions are translucent. While your onions are cooking, begin the water for your pasta so you can have that ready!
Now its time to add your sauce to the pan! Pour it over the garlic and onions.
While your sauce is cooking on low, finish up your pasta. Get a large casserole dish, coat it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and pour your pasta in the dish.
Add 1 spoonful of sauce and mix it around, then add 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley.
Lay chicken breasts on top of pasta… Are you getting excited now? lol
Next, pour your sauce over the chicken breasts!
Next add the cheese and a few more sprinkles of parsley. Then bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.