This Chicken Parm recipe is so yummy that you'll be able to have your family choose yours over Olive Garden's- plus it's healthier and way less expensive. It's a crowd pleaser! Thanks to my mother-in-law for sharing her tips with me.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total Time: 45 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
4-5 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (whatever quantity you need to feed your family)
1 stick of butter
2 cups of Italian bread crumbs
2 tsp each of of garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic salt
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Wash and cut any excess fat off thawed chicken. Grab 2 bowls (one for wet and one for dry ingredients).
Melt butter in one bowl.
Add breadcrumbs, spices, and parmesan to the second, dry bowl.
Batter chicken in breadcrumb mixture, butter, breadcrumb mixture (repeat one more time if desired)
Place on aluminum foil covered pan (for easy clean up), chicken uncovered and place in oven for 25-30 minutes or until center is done. Meanwhile, as chicken cooks prepare sauce and boil water for noodles.
*If you want to jazz it up even more and aren't worried about the cheese, we add shredded mozz the last 5 minutes on top of the chicken.
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 small white or yellow chopped onion
In a sauce pan add olive oil and heat to medium. When oil is hot add garlic and and onion. Once onion is translucent, add in following ingredients:
2 - 28oz cans tomato sauce
1- 28oz can of diced tomatoes (hunts with basil, garlic, and oregano- this is what makes the entire recipe)
Add seasonings to your liking. My go to's are garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic salt (2 tsps of each should be plenty)
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tsp red pepper flakes (if you like it a little spicy)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
Turn heat to med-high and wait for it to lightly boil. Once it begins to boil reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook remaining time until chicken is ready.
Noodles + Toppings
Veggie noodles of your choosing (or substitute your desired noodle)
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook noodles according to package. Serve hot and top with cheese.
***Alternative Sauce for quick meal:
I LOVE this sauce if you need a quick meal. I'm by no means saying it's healthy, but I know some mama's who need this over McDonalds, and it makes it much faster and a healthier option in a time crunch. I still add the diced tomatoes and a few spices listed above, but it's my go-to.
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