Wildcilla's Culinary Daydreams


Easy Cheesy Chicken Parmesan
October 15, 2009, 9:03 pm
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Flash Forward and the Office were both new tonight, so I wanted to make a dinner that could be made during commercial breaks.  I only missed 3 minutes of the Office when I topped the chicken with cheese.  I bet you could time it better.

Easy Chicken Parmesan

So first commercial break I filled up the pot with water and salt and started the heat so it could come to a boil for the pasta.  The water can boil until you need it, so it can start off.  Then I wrapped a cookie sheet in foil – I was supposed to use a wire rack to make it crispy, but I don’t have one, so I used my grill pan. Preheat the oven to 425.

Then I ran in to the living room, and a white guy saw a flash forward where he turned black!

Ok, I’m going to do the recipe without TV updates now.  But you should check out the show.  It’s fun, and they have the hobbit from Lost on it now.

Without the TV interruptions, this will go much more smoothly.

Marinate some chicken tenderloins (I used a pound) in 2 tablespoons good mustard and a teaspoon of white wine vinegar.  Meanwhile, get out three loaf pans or plates.  Put a half cup of flour in one, a beaten egg in one, and breadcrumbs, about 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan, and a shake of salt and pepper in the third.  Line them all up and put your covered cookie sheet on the end.

Now start the assembly line.  Use one hand for all of the dipping – that keeps your other hand ungunked enough to grab whatever you forgot from the kitchen or to turn down the boiling water, or whatever else you need to do with an ungunked hand.  The line goes: chicken  dipped in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, then on the pan.  Repeat as desired.

When all your chicken is all good to go, pop it in the preheated oven.  My chicken strips were all pretty thin, so I cooked mine for 6 minutes.  During that 6 minutes, and your preapproved commercial break, throw some tomato sauce in a pot and get it warm.  Add your spaghetti to that boiling water so that it will be ready to go when the chicken is done.

Alright, the 6 minute timer beeped.  Pull out your chicken, and top each piece with either some mozzarella or a slice of parmesan.  Back in the oven we go, this one for 2 to 4 minutes – until you can cut into one chicken piece and the juices only run clear.

We’re done!  Drain your spaghetti, stir your sauce, and get out your plates.  Spaghetti first, a big spoonful of sauce, two pieces of chicken and a sprinkle of cheese.  And you only missed three minutes of Michael Scott.

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