Moms, here’s a wonderful and classic meal that is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. I tend to make this meal when I know were going to have a crazy filled week. It’s one of those make ahead meals that re-heats extremely well. I always whip this up when the kids are at school and I can blast my iPod and sing while cooking away.
I have been making this dish for a long time. Quite frankly, this was the dish that I made for all of my college and post college boyfriends when I wanted to impress them. Everyone that eats this, literally loves it. It’s pure comfort food.
- Italian style breadcrumbs
- freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (halved horizontally) and pounded – Tip: If you shop at a grocery store with a butcher, have them cut and pound the chicken for you, as it will save you time and a big mess.
- 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
- 1-2 jars of your favorite tomato sauce or 2-3 cups of homemade sauce - It really depends on how many chicken breasts you use and how much sauce you like.
- extra virgin olive oil
- chunk of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices or you can use shredded mozzarella cheese
I usually get 3 chicken breasts that are halved and pounded (giving me 6 large cutlets) because I want dinner for 2 nights. If you just want this for just one night, then get 2 chicken breasts.
It takes 1.5 jars of sauce to coat the bottom of the two pans below.
I used a 9×13 pan and a 8×8 pan. Spread the tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 or large lasagna style baking dish (if you’re making a double batch like me, then coat another small pan with some sauce as well).
Get out 3 shallow bowls. Put some flour in the first bowl, beat 2 eggs in the second bowl and mix together your breadcrumbs and some freshly grated parmesan cheese in the third bowl (that third bowl has a cutlet in it, so that’s why it looks a bit strange).
Note: I like mixing italian style breadcrumbs with some panko breadcrumbs to get a bit more crunch. Dip the chicken in the flour, then dip it in the eggs and then dredge it in breadcrumb parmesan mixture, turning to coat both sides. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet (non-stick preferably if you have one) over medium heat.
While your olive oil is heating up, grab a plate and put some paper towels on it. You will use this to pat your chicken with after it has been sautéed.
Tip: Whenever I fry something on the stove I take off all of the burners (besides the one that is being used). This helps with clean up, as I just have to wipe down the stove and not the burners.Place 1 to 2 chicken cutlets in your skillet; cook until golden brown on each side.
Tip: I also use a meat thermometer to test the doneness of the chicken. I take the chicken off when the internal temp is at or close to 165 degrees. Using a pair of tongs, transfer the chicken to the plate with the paper towels and pat the cutlet to get rid of the excess oil. You’ll want to use fresh paper towels with each cutlet. Transfer the chicken cutlet to your baking dish, placing it on top of the sauce. Repeat this process with your remaining cutlets.
Turn on your broiler. Thinly slice up your mozzarella cheese and top each chicken cutlet with a slice or two (or three)! We like our mozzarella so I put plenty on.Broil uncovered, about 6-8 inches from heat source until the sauce is hot and the cheese is melted and lightly browned in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately, or if you’re making this meal ahead of time, let it cool a bit on the stove and then cover tightly with tin foil and place in the refrigerator till later.
To re-heat it; cook uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the chicken is warmed through.
Pair this with a vegetable of choice or a fresh salad and some crispy garlic bread.
To make this a two-nighter meal, you can top the chicken on a bed of spaghetti or get some french bread, broil it and make some chicken parmesan subs.