Chicken Parmesan with a Twist

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Parmesan chicken has been around for quite a long time, and it is usually breaded, and fried in a pan with a bit of oil. This version forgoes the breading, uses two cheeses, and bakes quite nicely in your oven.

It’s tasty, and a snap to put together.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:

2

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

THE BRINE

4 c
cold filtered water
1/4 c
salt, kosher variety

THE PARMESAN CHICKEN

1 large
chicken breast, boneless, skinless
1/2 c
tomato sauce, your favorite
3 oz
mozzarella cheese, grated, or thinly sliced
1/2
parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1/4 tsp
white pepper, freshly ground

GARNISHES

additional parmesan cheese
additional sauce
chopped parsley

Directions Step-By-Step

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PREP/PREPARE
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Gather your Ingredients.
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THE BRINE
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Dissolve the salt in the cold filtered water, and add the chicken breasts.
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Place in the refrigerator for one hour.
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Remove from the refrigerator and rinse.
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THE PARMESAN CHICKEN
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Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
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Carefully (using a sharp knife) cut the chicken laterally in half.
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Chef’s Note: An alternate way to do this is to pound the chicken with a mallet until it achieves an even thickness. Pounding is fun, and it takes away all your frustrations.
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Lay the chicken on a Slipat or parchment-lined baking sheet.
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Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
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Remove from the oven, and place a layer of mozzarella cheese on top.
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Cover with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
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Chef's Tip: A thin layer of tomato sauce is all you need. If you use too much, it will combine with the cheese, and become too thin.
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Chef’s Note: If you’re wanting homemade tomato sauce, here’s an excellent recipe.
Classic Tomato Sauce
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Combine the Parmesan cheese, cumin, and white pepper together.
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Add a generous layer of the Parmesan cheese mixture to the top.
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Place in the preheated oven, and bake until the chicken is cooked through, and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown in spots, about an additional 10 minutes.
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PLATE/PRESENT
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Serve over a bed of veggies, or maybe some freshly made pasta. Add a sprinkle of fresh parmesan, and some chopped parsley... maybe some additional sauce on the side.

And don’t forget a loaf of freshly baked garlic bread. Enjoy.
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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian