Homemade Chicken Parmigiana

contributed by Jaime Cecil

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon EVOO (*I used peanut oil because that was all I had!)

• 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic

• 1/3 cup minced onion (* I used green onion.)

• 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice *I added a jar of spaghetti sauce to make more “sauce”.

• 1/2 teaspoon sugar (more or less to taste)

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• salt and pepper to taste

• 2 cups Panko bread crumbs

• 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

• 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning * I used a little more! *I also added some garlic powder. Probably 2 teaspoons or so…

• 3 eggs, beaten

• 2 tablespoons milk (*I used heavy cream.)

• 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 3 tablespoons butter or margarine

• 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

• 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

• Angel Hair Pasta

Directions

1. Melt butter or margarine and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 2 minutes. Pour in diced tomatoes and sugar. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low (I added a jar of spaghetti sauce here) and continue simmering for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the sauce has simmered, stir in the cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for an additional 3 minutes. Lower heat and keep sauce warm.

2. Stir together bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and 2 tablespoons milk (or cream) until blended. Dip chicken breasts into the egg, then press into breadcrumb mixture to coat both sides, shaking off excess.

3. Heat olive oil and butter/margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breasts and cook on both sides until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), and the bread crumb crust is golden brown, about 10 minutes.

4. To serve, place angel hair pasta on plate and top with desired amount of sauce and top with chicken breast, spoon additional sauce over chicken (if desired)and top with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Let stand a few minutes until the cheese has melted from the heat of the sauce. (* I broiled briefly to melt cheeses.) Enjoy!

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