Saturday, November 29, 2008

CHICKEN PARMASAN

Chicken parmasan and eggplant parmasan are my 2 favorite Italian dishes.When my hubby and me go to any italian restaurant one of us is sure to order either of the 2 items.
Here the chicken is coated with italian seasonings,parmasan cheese and bread crumbs,quickly shallow fried to get a nice crust on the outside and then baked in oventopped with fresh mozarella and pasta sauce to melt the cheese and cook completely.Its usually served alongside any pasta or in between bread as sandwich.Vegetarians can use eggplant/brinjal for eggplant parmasan and follow the same technique.

This is my post on day 29 of RM2.

INGREDIENTS

Boneless chicken breasts - 1 large (good enough for 2)

Fresh mozarella - 3-4 slices(shredded mozarella works well too)

All purpose flour - 1 cup

garlic pdr - to taste

red chilli pdr - 1 tsp

butter milk - 1 cup

parmasan cheese - 1/2 cup

Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup(can also use seasoned bread crumbs,then you can avoid adding the italian seasonings)

Italian seasonings - 1 tsp

salt and pepper

olive oil

Pasta - 1 1/2 cup,any kind(i used rotelle)

pasta sauce - 3 cups,i used store bought(can use any kind)

water

salt

METHOD

Pound the chicken to 1/2" thickness using a mallet or use the bottom of a heavy skillet/pan and keep aside.Mix flour,garlic pdr salt and chilli pdr in a plate and keep aside.Pour buttermilk in another bowl and keep aside.On a 3rd plate mix cheese,bread crumbs and italian seasonings and keep aside.Add generous amount of garlic pdr and italian seasoning in order to get good flavor.Keep these 3 plates closely.First dip the chicken in the flour mixture,nicely coat both sides of the chicken and then dip it into the butter milk and finally into the cheese breadcrumbs mixture.Coat both sides very well.Do similarly with the other piece and keep aside.

In a wide pan pour enough oil to cover the surface.Ones its hot put the chicken pieces and fry it till its golden brown on both sides.Do not cook the chicken fully at this point.We will complete the cooking in the oven later on.Right now we are just aiming to get a nice crust on the outside.Ones done place them on a paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Preheat oven to 450 deg F.Take an oven proof pan,pour some sauce on the bottom.Now place the chicken on it and top it with mozarella cheese.Bake it for about 6-8 mins.Serve it hot on top of pasta.

Cook the pasta according to the box instructions and mix it with the pasta sauce.Serve it hot with chicken parmasan.

Do check what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today...just 1 more day to go!!!

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4 comments:

notyet100 said...

looks perfect,..;-)

meeso said...

I'm not a big fan of Italian dishes, but you made it look SO good!!!

Roopa said...

I love this dish :) You are a pro at making eggplant and chicken parmesan now:)

Divya Kudua said...

That is one tempting Italian dish that you have made Ranji...those mozarella blobs on top look so inviting..shall try the veggie recipe soon..;-)