Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mama's Chicken Parmesean!

Golden chicken encrusted with light bread crumbs gently fried in olive oil.  That's how I remember it. Olive oil was a staple in Mom's (under the counter cupboard) as I was known to call it. Huge and I mean huge Tin of olive oil was the only oil she would use for everything.  From salad to chicken or pasta sauce she would begin with her favorite ingredient which she said was the golden gift to all Italians, Pure Olive oil!   



Mom would dip her chicken breasts in beaten egg (which had been lightly salt and peppered) and then either use her fresh breadcrumbs or yes store bought to coat the chicken thoroughly.  Then place the chicken into hot olive oil.  Quick fry until golden brown on each side and then she'd turn down the stove to low, cover, and cook until tender.  She didn't use the oven at all.  She did her pork chops the same way and they were always tender.

When I make my chicken cutlets I also do it Mom's way(gently frying them in olive oil) , placing them in a baking dish adding some of my warm red sauce; either marinara or plain, topping with some shredded mozzarella and serving.  You can bake if desired (350)until cheese melts or is bubbly.  Approx. 10 minutes.

Note:  Most times my sauce is hot so the cheese starts to melt (I use shredded mozzarella) without having to bake. I have found that if you bake in the oven sometimes cheese melts too much.  Just sayin!

Happy Cooking from my kitchen to yours,


M.J.


Ingredients:

2 to 4  chicken breast cutlets (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total) 
Salt and pepper  to taste (1/2 to 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper)
1 to  2 eggs beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs 
* 1/2  cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese 
1/4 cup olive oil 
2 Tbsp parsley 
* 4 to 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded(light cheese or lots of cheese) you decide
Cooked pasta




Beat egg with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken breasts into breadcrumb/parsley mix).  Heat oil to medium heat.  Place breaded chicken into oil.  Fry until golden brown and crispy, turn over and do the same on the other side.  Lower heat, cover chicken(if necessary add 1 to 1 T. water).  Cook on low heat approx. 10 minutes more.  Transfer chicken to plate top with hot pasta sauce, sprinkle with both cheeses. Add your favorite cooked pasta on the side and top that as well with pasta sauce top with cheese and serve immediately.  Note:   If your prefer transfer chicken to baking dish.  Place in 350 degree oven after topping with red sauce  Red Sauce

and both *cheeses.  

 Note:  If desired you can use your favorite jarred sauce.


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