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Fried Chicken Parmesan…Wow!

15 Mar

Awhile back, I made Popcorn Chicken Parmesan, which is a quick and easy dish, but yesterday I had more time on my hands, so I made Fried Chicken Parmesan. My recipe is based off Aaron McCargo, Jr. (aka Big Daddy on Food Network).  Big Daddy’s chicken parmesan, while incredibly delicious, is some work. It involves pounding the chicken breast until it is thin, breading, and frying. However, if you have the time, the results are so worth it.

 

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Chicken Parmesan

1 cup thin spaghetti

1 Jar spaghetti sauce

Deli sliced mozzarella cheese

Chicken Breast

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

Flour

Salt, pepper, seasonings

Vegetable oil

 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Mix eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings (or you can use a packaged chicken breader, such as “House of Autry”) in another shallow bowl. Place chicken breast in a heavy duty zip lock bag and pound it flat. Dredge the chicken through the egg mixture, shaking off any excess, then through the flour mixture.  Place chicken in heated oil, frying approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. While you are frying the chicken, heat the spaghetti sauce in small pan.  Place hot chicken on top of cooked pasta, cover with a slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with the heated spaghetti.  Serve with a vegetable and garlic bread.

The Verdict

Chicken Parmesan is a ton of work to prepare, but the taste is so good!

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Popcorn Chicken Parmesan…yum!

4 Jan

Confession: I LOVE Italian food and I make a lot of pasta dishes. I have always said that any dish with pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese is a dish for me! I am a huge fan of chicken parmesan and have tried several ways to make it. In the past, my go to method of making it was to bread the chicken, then bake it. Unfortunately, I always ended up with chicken that was mushy at the bottom, no matter what breading method I tried. One day, I was watching Food Network and I saw Aaron McCargo, Jr. (aka Big Daddy) make a chicken parmesan where the chicken breast was fried, instead of baked, and it has become my go to recipe for chicken parm!

Big Daddy’s chicken parmesan, while incredibly delicious, is also incredibly intensive…pounding the chicken breast until it is thin, breading, frying…what a mess. I do not mind putting in the work the recipe requires on a Sunday night, but on a weeknight, it’s just not happening. So, what’s a busy mom to do? Improvise of course! I created ‘Popcorn Chicken Parmesan’ and it couldn’t be a simpler dish to make.

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Popcorn Chicken Parmesan

1 cup thin spaghetti

1 Jar spaghetti sauce

1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese

½ bag frozen popcorn chicken

Cook pasta according to package directions. Fry, or bake, popcorn chicken (I popped mine in the deep fryer) and cut each “popcorn” in half.  Heat the spaghetti sauce in small pan. In a large pot, combine the pasta, sauce, mozzarella, and popcorn chicken. Heat thoroughly, stirring frequently to ensure that the cheese melts. Serve with a vegetable and garlic bread.

The Verdict

This dish was rated five stars by everyone in the house! My daughter says that she likes this dish better than my normal chicken parmesan because she did not have to cut a large chicken breast. Lazy? Of course!

Side note: my husband and I both took the leftovers for lunch the following day and it was just as good the second time around.

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