Chicken: Charles' Chicken Parmesan

posted by RisaG 01-21-100 4:39 PM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Charles' Chicken Parmesan (adapted)
Recipe By : BakeryShoppe Memories Cookbook by Suzy Lewis
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Chicken &Turkey Pasta
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/2 lb. unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic -- minced
2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
3/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese -- grated + 1/4 c.
1/4 cup fresh parsley -- chopped
1/2 jar ClassicoŽ Tomato and Basil sauce, or your favorite
2 full boneless chicken breasts
1 cup mozzarella cheese -- finely shredded
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a meat tenderizer (or a heavy pan), beat the chicken breasts until approx 1/4" thick. You may want to then cut them in half again, depending on how large they are.

Melt the butter and add the garlic, stirring well. Mix together bread crumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan, and the parsley. Dip the chicken in the butter mixture, then cover completely with the bread crumb mixture. Save the unused butter mixture for use later.

Pour the olive oil in a skillet and bring to temperature before browning chicken breasts in it. Brown the chicken by frying quickly at high heat.

Prepare your baking pan by putting a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Place the browned meat into the baking dish. Lightly put the sauce on top of the chicken. Pour the remaining butter mixture over the top of the chicken and sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan liberally over the chicken. Completely cover the chicken with mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and a golden brown on top. Remove the chicken immediately and place on a serving dish.

Notes: This final step is crucial as the butter mixture and the sauce along with the chicken make a greasy soup in the bottom of the pan. If you don't take the chicken out immediately, it will soak up the grease.

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