[Collegiate Meals] Pseudo Chicken Parmesan





Introduction: [Collegiate Meals] Pseudo Chicken Parmesan

Miss homemade chicken Parmesan? By comparison to my family's recipe, this tastes nothing like it - but it satisfies the itch without taking much time. Plus, we don't have to fire up the stove to pan fry anything! Serve up with a wedge of Stromboli and Green Beans and you have yourself a meal :)

While it may look "burned" to you... this is in fact how I brown my cheese under a broiler. If you don't let it get enough heat, the cheese won't change in flavor. Like meats, there's a difference between making the meat turn brown and browning your meat. If you don't let it carmelize, you might as well eat it raw ;)

Step 1: Ingredients and Cost

Chicken Patties(20): $7.99
Tomato Sauce $0.88
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: $1.50

Gross Cost: $10.37

We will have leftover

18 Patties
7/8 a package of cheese
5/8 a jar of sauce

So the net cost is 1.32

Step 2: Preparation (Set Oven to 400F)

Place two chicken patties on a foiled baking pan.

Pour a little sauce over the top of each piece of chicken.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the chicken are hot - adjust time if your chicken is thawed.

Method 1
Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top and continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and begins to brown.

Method 2
Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top and turn your oven's broiler on. Broil 3-5 minutes on top rack for a faster and more crispy cheese crust.

Step 3: Serving Suggestions

Stromboli makes an excellent side dish. However, I would suggest a vegetable Stromboli - no need for meat overload.

Traditionally, my family serves this with a thin spaghetti (but not as thin as angel hair). Instead of tomato sauce, mix a little butter and Parmesan cheese (future instructable -- as pictured).

While this recipe can't compete with real chicken Parmesan in which chicken is breaded, pan fried in good olive oil and baked -- it's quick, cheap and I personally love the taste of slowly reduced sauce.



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    looks yummy, and can you use a differnet type of sauce?

    Go for it - then let us know what you used and if it was good :)

    how do you make the noodles? I see them and I don't know how to make them

    Noodles are pasta ;) I'm going to assume cooking knowledge is known (and was why it wasn't the focus of this instructable) ;) Rather than your typical sauce (tomato or cream based) it was tossed some nice olive oil (to lightly coat) and then tossed with finely grated cheese (Parmesan or Reggiano or ??? - pick your favorite). Then, some finely chopped basil on top for a little flavor and a lot of nice photo looks. If you don't have nice olive oil - you can use some melted butter.

    I just began my first year of college (literally, this was my first day), and I must say that I think I'm going to end up cooking all these meal! They sound so delicious! Thank you very much for all the time it took to make these.

    cut the pattie in half lengthwise, put some ham in, a bit of swiss on that, and some more ham on top, put the top of the pattie back on. seal the edges with some scrambled egg and bake. et voila. same thing, but it's chicken cordon bleu. Use broccoli instead of ham? Chicken Kiev. Neat idea. I hate pre-packaged anything, but anything that gets non cooks to cook chicken parm? I am all about.

    I had some of those veal/chicken patties microwaved and it was surprising how crispy they were, even under sauce and noodles.

    Clever! I like the idea of a faux fancy meal.

    This was nice but westfw's way was tastier and healthier, though it was more expensive. Good work on all of your collegiate meals!

    good and EASY way.. but next time try using boneless chicken brests and bread them then brown them off and bake the hole thing in the tom sauce. add other spices if you want trust me it will be better........