I’m always trying to think of new ways to incorporate chicken into our dinners. This obviously isn’t a new recipe, but I hadn’t made it in several months (Steve is not the biggest Italian food fan like I am). I originally found this recipe on the Food Network Website as one of Emeril’s delicious dishes. It’s my favorite Chicken Parmesan recipe so far because of the melty cheese and the fact that you finish cooking the chicken in the oven, so it has a wonderful crispy outside, but is totally moist and juicy on the inside.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp milk
- spaghetti or linguini pasta (you can determine the amount you want)
- shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese
- about 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on top at the end
- your favorite marinara sauce
- extra virgin olive oil
Preheat your oven to 400° and position the rack to the middle position. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for your pasta.
Trim excess fat off of chicken. If you like your chicken a little thinner, you can either butterfly the breasts or pound them out a little flatter. If you do, just make sure you adjust your cooking time since a thinner chicken breast will cook faster.
Here’s the seasoning I used first on the chicken breasts. I got it at Sam’s Club, and I think you can find it at any major grocery store. It’s just a mixture of several different spices. You can also make the seasoning yourself — just Google Emeril’s Original Essence recipe and you should be able to find it pretty easily.
Lightly sprinkle Emeril’s seasoning on both sides of the chicken breasts.
Prepare your assembly line starting with the flour.
Add the egg and milk to a bowl and whisk together.
Your final step in the chicken coating assembly line will be the bread crumbs.
You can certainly just use bread crumbs, but I like adding some grated Parmesan cheese to mine. I use about equal parts bread crumbs and cheese.
Mix the cheese and bread crumbs together so that it’s all evenly distributed.
Take your seasoned chicken breasts and coat both sides with flour.
Then dunk the flour covered chicken into the egg and milk mixture.
Then finally, thoroughly coat the chicken in the bread crumb and cheese mixture. Try to make sure not to leave any wet spots.
Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add the chicken breasts.
Cook about 4 minutes on the first side, then turn and cook 1 – 2 minutes on the other side. If you butterflied or pounded out your chicken breasts so they would be thinner, you may want to only cook them for about two minutes on the first side and about one minute on the second side. I let mine get a little dark, so you want them to be a little more golden and not so dark brown, but that’s what happens when you try to cook, clean, and take pictures at the same time. Time can get away from you!
Spoon marinara sauce over chicken breasts.
Then add a generous helping of mozzarella. You can add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese too if you want.
Place entire skillet into the oven for about 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through. Switch the oven to broil for about 1 – 2 minutes to start to brown the cheese.
While your chicken is cooking, add the pasta to the boiling water. Spaghetti doesn’t take very long to cook and you want it to be al dente, or still have a little bite to it.
When you take the chicken out of the oven, the cheese should be nice and melted.
Drain your pasta, and add it back to the hot pot along with some olive oil to keep it from sticking. Then add marinara sauce and stir to coat completely.
Add pasta and chicken to your plate and enjoy the crispy outside of the chicken breading combined with the juicy inside. Just perfect!!