Introduction: How to Make Chicken Parmesan
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a delicious and hearty Italian favorite in under an hour! In the following you will find a series of quick and simple steps that will result in what you see above. It is important to note that although this set of instructions only displays the preperation of a single chicken breast, this process can be repeated for as many chicken breasts as there are members at your dinner table. You will find that you too can become an excellent chef simply by following these simple instructions despite the extremely cheap ingredients required to make this Chicken Parmesan Recipe!
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Step 1: What You'll Need
Before we begin with the preparation of the chicken breast, please take a moment to collect all of the necessary ingredients and kitchen utensils required to prepare the Chicken Parmesan. You can see all of the items above, and listed here:
1) Cutting Board
2) Baking Dish
3) Tenderizing Mallet
4) Shredded Parmesan Cheese
5) Grated Parmesan Cheese
6) Chicken Breast (More than one can be used to serve multiple people)
7) Tomato and Basil Sauce
8) Olive Oil
9) Italian Style Bread Crumbs
11) Aluminum Foil
12) Frying Pan
*Note that you will also need a working oven and stove top to follow this recipe
Step 2: Tenderizing
In this step you will need a chicken breast, a cutting board, and a tenderizing mallet. You will want to place the chicken as shown on the cutting board. Then, use the mallet to hit the chicken breast on both sides. In order to properly tenderize the chicken breast, hit it approximately 20 times on each side with the same force that you would use if you were driving a nail into a wall.
Step 3: Soaking the Chicken
Now, you will first want to pour milk into the baking dish. Pour just enough milk so that there is a thin film of milk covering the entirety of the bottom of the baking dish. Then place the chicken breast into the baking pan, and allow it to soak in the milk for approximately 25 seconds. Then, flip the chicken breast and allow the other side to soak. After the chicken has been sufficiently soaked, place it aside on the cutting board you used earlier, and proceed to rinse and dry the baking dish.
Step 4: Bread Crumbs
Now that our chicken breast has been soaked in milk, it will be able to easily pick up some italian style bread crumbs. We will achieve the bread crumb lining by first pouring a thin layer of bread crumbs along the bottom of the baking dish. Then place the chicken breast into the baking dish and allow both sides to lay on the bread crumbs for approximately 5 seconds. After this step has been completed, set the chicken breast aside on the cutting board. Also, you will want to rinse out the baking dish and dry it, as we will use it later on.
Step 5: Frying the Chicken
Next, we will fry the chicken using a frying pan and olive oil. First turn the stone top to a medium-high setting, and pour a thin layer of olive oil that covers the entirety of the bottom of the pan. After the oil has been allowed to heat up, place the breaded chicken breast into the pan, and fry it so that the portion of the chicken breast in the olive oil is brown. Flip the chicken and repeat this for the other side. After this step has been completed, both sides of the chicken breast should look as shown above.
Step 6: Preparing to Bake I
In this step we will prepare the baking dish for the oven by adding a little bit (approximately 2 tablespoons) of olive oil to the dish as shown.
Step 7: Preparing to Bake II
Now, add a thin layer of tomato and basil sauce to the baking dish. This will allow the chicken to marinate thus giving it more flavor. After the layer of sauce has been added, place the chicken into the baking dish as shown.
Step 8: Preparing to Bake III
Now we will sprinkle a thick layer of parmesan cheese over the chicken breast. In this step you can use your discretion regarding how much parmesan cheese you like; however, I normally use about a handful as is shown in the photograph.
Step 9: Preparing to Bake IV
Next, pour a layer or tomato basil sauce over the entire chicken breast.
Step 10: Preparing to Bake V
Our final preparation before baking the chicken breast will consist of sprinkling the grated parmesan cheese on the top of the sauce that was just poured into the baking dish. Once again, you can use your discretion on how much cheese you would like. I usually prefer to cover the entire chicken breast with grated cheese.
Step 11: Baking
Finally, cover the top of the baking dish with aluminum foil. Then preheat the oven to 375 degrees and allow the chicken breast to bake for approximately 45 minutes.
Step 12: Enjoy!
After the chicken has been baked for 45 minutes, remove it from the oven. Then peel back the aluminum foil (be careful! steam will escape quickly as you peel back the foil). Finally transfer your Chicken Parmesan to a plate using a fork, and pour the desired amount of sauce on top of it from the baking dish.
If you are looking to add a little something extra to this meal, try serving it with pasta!