It’s not like a I need an excuse to use cheese in a recipe, but since June is National Dairy Month, I might as well make one of my favorite dinners that involves my favorite dairy product — CHEESE!
The dinner: Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan. Our entire family loves Chicken Parmesan, but I haven’t made it in a long time.
While cheese is the best part of this dinner, the second best part is that it’s actually fairly healthy. The third best part is that since I bought my cheese (and other diary products) at Vons, I received a coupon for two free movie tickets to see Ice Age: Continental Divide. My kids are already saying that they want to see this new one.
To get the tickets, all I had to do was buy $40 worth of specially marked dairy products and boom…the tickets were mine. If you go for this deal, it’s valid at all Safeway type stores, so this means Safeway, Vons (for us Las Vegas grocery shoppers), Randalls, and so on. Each time your spending reaches $40 between now and June 30, you will earn the certificate for your two free movie passes. You can see a list of all the stores and find out more about the deal here: http://www.junedairymovies.
Ok, onto the recipe. This is one of those recipes that is very flexible. You will mix up some eggs and milk in place it in shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, you will place the panko and in yet another shallow bowl, you’ll place the flour, which I like to season with a bit of salt and pepper.
Each chicken breast is coated in flour, then egg, and then panko (shaking off excess in between each step). The chicken breasts are placed on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and each chicken breast is then sprayed with cooking spray. The chicken is baked at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
After baking, the chicken is removed from the oven. Spoon the marinara sauce evenly over each chicken breast. Then, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on each one. Lastly, the Parmesan cheese is sprinkle on top. The chicken breasts are returned to the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Internal temperature of the chicken breasts should be 155 degrees F.
We serve the finished chicken breasts on a plate, usually with a salad or vegetable. If you prefer, you can also serve it on top of pasta with some extra marinara sauce.
Another item that counted towards my $40 dairy purchase was Pilsbury Crusty French Loaf Bread. I bought two of them and baked them according to directions. When they were finished baking, I rubbed the tops with a bit of butter….so yummy. It was a super easy addition to our dinner.
- Cooking spray
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 4 chicken breasts, skinless & boneless
- 1 jar marinara sauce (or about 3 1/2 cups homemade)
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
- In a shallow bowl, mix together the eggs and milk. In another shallow bowl, place the flour and season it with salt and pepper. In a 3rd shallow bowl, place the panko bread crumbs. Working with one chicken breast at a time, coat each chicken breast with flour, then the egg/milk mixture, and lastly the panko (shake off excess in between each of these steps). Place each chicken breast on the prepared baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes and panko begins to brown.
- Remove chicken from oven. Divide marinara sauce evenly on top of each chicken breast. Sprinkle each chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, dividing it evenly among each chicken breast. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese last on top. Return the chicken to the oven and bake until cheese is hot and melted and internal temperature is 155 degrees F (approximately 10 minutes).
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