Monday, July 19, 2010

Dinner Party Chicken Parmesan

Have you ever had trouble planning a dinner party because all you can think of making is some obscure dish like, say, spicy tuna with okra?
 And while you and your husband may be able to appreciate the tender fish and rare vegetable, you're just not sure that that it will go over well with the neighbors?
Haha!  OK, although I have never been tempted to create spicy tuna and okra,
but I have had a few nights where I am just stumped on what to cook.
(Or all I can think to cook is this.)
But chicken parmesan is a save all!
 (Unless, of course, you are cooking for vegans.  In that case choose something else.)

I've had so many requests for this dinner and I've made it so many times I know the recipe by heart.
My cousin, Crystal, taught me this meal a few years back and I kind of hope she comments
to tell me if I got the original recipe correct.  Ok, here it is:

Dinner Party Chicken Parmesan

6-8 chicken breasts
2 eggs
1 container of grated parmesan cheese
1 pack of saltine crackers
1 jar of your favorite tomato-based sauce 
1-2 tsp of dried/fresh of each oregano, thyme, basil, parsley and paprika... add to taste
(Fresh is better.) 

You will need three dishes to create this scrumptious meal.
I use two pie plates and a 9x13 dish.

In the first dish you beat the eggs:

In the second dish you crush the saltine crackers.  I use the bottom of a cup to do so.

Add 1 cup of parmesan cheese and all of the spices to the saltines and stir it up!

Spray the 9x13 dish with non-stick spray

  Using tongs or a set of two forks take one raw chicken breast and 
dip it into the egg batter.  Next coat it in the cracker crumbs.

Set it in the 9x13 dish.  Repeat with other chicken breasts.

Pop it into the oven.  Bake for 40 min.

Pull it out of the oven.  Poor tomato sauce over chicken.  
Sprinkle it with more parmesan cheese just for looks.

Pop it back into the oven for just 10-15 min till sauce is boiling and cheese is melted.

Depending on the size and quantity of your chicken breasts, you may want to make total baking time an hour.

Disadvantages of making this meal are that you have to clean three large dishes and you have to wait an 50 min-hour for the chicken to bake.
But you can use that time to finish prepping your house 
and cook some side dishes.

Serve the chicken with broccoli, brown rice and rolls and you will have- 
yum!-  a well balanced meal of such well balanced flavors.

Happy eating, folks!


Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

It looks great (even if it does take awhile!)

Anonymous said...

Uh, yum! yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!

andreamichelle said...

thank you for this recipe, I'm always stumped as to what to make. I'm totally the person who thinks of the most complicated dish to make that i'm not sure they will like becuase it's not a typical "idaho" dinner, so your comments about making okra made me laugh. Or the dish looks or sounds so complicated that when i bring it out it looks like i'm showing off (like chicken cor don bleu). On the spices, I'm assuming that you are saying to add 1-2 tsp. of each spice/herb?

Ms. Understood said...

Looks delicious!! This will be the next meal.

Carrie K said...

@ Andrea Yes, 1-2 tsp of each!

What I Did Today said...

I saw this and knew it had to be dinner last night. I scaled it down (no company) and it was YUMM-O! It was REALLY easy too. Thanks for sharing!

Kristina Churchill said...

This looks wonderful. I will try this next week!
Looks fast and easy, that is a 9+ in my book!

See you tomorrow,same place(here) same time!



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