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Recipes // Easy Chicken Parmesan

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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As a girl who loves pasta, any and all types of pasta dishes are in heavy rotation in this household every week. It's just something we all enjoy (it's Cora's favorite food if you ask her, although pizza is a close second) and if we're good about it, it can be a healthy dinner option. Well, I've been craving Chicken Parmesan the past couple of days and figured I'd try my hand at making a simpler version. So here it is! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you asap.

Ingredients

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 lb. of boneless & skinless chicken breast, pounded
1-2 tbsp. of olive oil
Slices of fresh mozzarella (depends on how big your chicken breasts are and how much you want on top)
Dried oregano
1 jar of Bertolli's Tomato and Basil Sauce
1/2 a package of thin spaghetti (this was enough to feed me, my husband, and toddler)
Freshly grated parmesan cheese


Instructions
Now, these are really for the chicken breast, not so much for the spaghetti noodles or heating up the tomato sauce since that's pretty self-explanatory.

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pound the chicken breast so that they're all the same thickness. I pounded mine to a 1/2" thickness.
- Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
- Flour the pounded chicken in the flour mixture, dust off excess.
- Heat the olive oil in a nonstick pan on medium high heat. You'll want to pan sear the chicken so that it gets a golden crust.
- Sear the chicken on both sides for about 3-4 minutes on each side. I also topped it off with more black pepper because in this house, we like black pepper.
- Place the seared chicken breasts on a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven to finish cooking for about 15-20 minutes.
- Then place the sliced mozzarella on top of the chicken and bake for another 2-3 minutes or until it's melted.
- Plate the spaghetti noodles in a bowl and top it off with the Bertolli's tomato sauce. Then top it with the chicken breast.
- We sprinkled some dried oregano since we didn't have any fresh basil, but it turns out that the oregano was perfect! We also sprinkled freshly grated parmesan because it just makes it taste better ;)
- Enjoy!

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