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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan

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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan

 

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan: A Crowd-Pleaser

 

Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian-American dish that’s loved for its crispy breaded chicken, savory

marinara sauce, and gooey melted cheese. This recipe adds an extra layer of deliciousness by using a

generous amount of cheese to create a satisfying, flavorful meal. Here’s how you can make this

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mouthwatering Cheesy Chicken Parmesan at home.

Ingredients

 

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

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1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Italian-style)

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

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1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Olive oil for frying

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Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

 

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Butterfly the chicken breasts or pound them to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch.

Step 2: Set Up Breading Station

 

Place the flour in a shallow dish.

In another shallow dish, beat the eggs.

In a third dish, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and

pepper.

Step 3: Bread the Chicken

 

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Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess.

Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s fully coated.

Press the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides thoroughly.

Step 4: Fry the Chicken

 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

Fry the breaded chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Work

in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan.

Transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 5: Assemble the Dish

 

Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.

Place the fried chicken breasts on top of the marinara sauce.

Spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the chicken.

Sprinkle a generous amount of mozzarella cheese over each chicken breast.

Step 6: Bake

 

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the

chicken is cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).

Step 7: Serve

 

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Serve hot, alongside pasta, salad, or your favorite side dishes.

Tips for Success

 

Even Cooking: Ensure the chicken breasts are of uniform thickness to promote even cooking.

Crispy Crust: For an extra crispy crust, use panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs.

Sauce: Use a high-quality marinara sauce for the best flavor. You can also make your own from

scratch if you prefer.

Cheese: Don’t skimp on the cheese. More cheese means more gooey, delicious bites!

Variations

 

Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the breadcrumb mixture for a bit of heat.

Herbed Chicken: Incorporate fresh herbs like basil or thyme into the breadcrumb mixture for an

added flavor boost.

Cheese Options: Mix in some shredded provolone or fontina cheese with the mozzarella for a

different cheesy experience.

Storage

 

Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in

the oven or microwave.

Freeze: To freeze, wrap individual chicken breasts tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-

safe bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Conclusion

 

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan is a delightful dish that brings together crispy, tender chicken with rich

marinara sauce and melty cheese. It’s perfect for family dinners, gatherings, or any occasion where

you want to impress with a comforting and flavorful meal. Follow these steps and tips to create a

Chicken Parmesan that’s sure to become a favorite in your home. Enjoy!

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