Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana

After our son, Chris, introduced our friend, Fabien, from Paris, he wanted to learn how to make it. This is my version which he is now going to cook for his friends in Paris!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp of crushed dry oregano leaves
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 125 g mozzarella cheese
  • 4 thin slices of Prosciutto
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Basil leaves

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tins crushed Italian roma tomatoes
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Remove the skin from the checked breasts.
  2. Place between two pieces of plastic wrap or baking paper and, using a rolling pin, pound each fillet to 1.5 cm thick.
  3. Choose three bowls large enough to hole the chicken.
  4. In the first bowl, combine the flour with dried oregano and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Break the egg into the second bowl and lightly beat.
  6. Place the bread crumbs in the third bowl.
  7. Take the first chicken breast, coat with the seasoned flower, then egg and finally coat well with the breadcrumbs and then lay on a large plate. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  8. When all are crumbed, place in the fridge to allow the crumb to set while you make the sauce.
  9. When the sauce is ready, start cooking the chicken.
  10. Heat a large fry pan over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has melted, add the chicken breasts and cook approx 4 minutes each side until the crumbs are golden and chicken cooked.
  11. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain paper towel.
  12. Lightly brush a baking tray with olive oil.
  13. Place the chicken breasts on the prepared tray, spoon over 2-3 tbsp of the sauce and top with torn bocconcini.
  14. Lightly brush the basil leaves with some oil and lay, together with the slices of prosciutto, on the baking tray, beside the chicken.
  15. Place under a preheated grill and cook until the cheese is golden.
  16. Place the chicken topped with the basil and prosciutto onto serving plates.
  17. Serve with chips and salad, or creamy mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.

For the sauce:

  1. Finely slice the onion
  2. Finely chop the garlic
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and gently saute, adding the garlic after a few minutes.
  4. When the onion is soft, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and vinegar.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, until thick.

Notes:

  • The sauce recipe makes quite a lot of sauce, but I freeze it in portion sizes for future meals.

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