This classic dish, which is also known as chicken parmesan or simply chicken parm, is a tasty Italian recipe which is cheap to make and makes chicken breasts go a long way. Chicken breasts are first breaded and then topped with tomato sauce and cheese. We are using parmesan and perhaps some mozzarella too. Sometimes provolone is used as well. Some people like to add a slice of ham or bacon too, so you can tweak this recipe if you want, using any of these options.
You can use Ritz crackers or similar wheat crackers, leaving the salt out of the recipe if you are using salty crackers. This recipe is often served as an entrée in the United States, with pasta, spaghetti or mashed potatoes. The chicken can also be served between bread slices to make a sandwich. If you wish to try this, use less tomato sauce else your sandwich will be too soggy. Fries are a typical side dish for chicken parmigiana in Australia. We like to use fettuccine, and also add a simple garden salad on the side.
The chicken is coated in egg and then seasoned cracker crumbs. This crispy coating sticks perfectly to the chicken. Next you need to add garlic-tomato sauce and parmesan. You can add some mozzarella too if you want to. This recipe makes enough to serve six people but you can halve it if that is too much. The dish takes about 40 minutes to cook in total, so start the fettuccine in the final 10 minutes, so it is ready at the same time as the chicken. Serve some Italian red wine on the side if you like, or a lightly chilled Italian blush wine. Continue reading
This is a very simple recipe. A pinch of chili powder transforms this from a simple chicken and tomato pasta recipe to something with a little more kick. If you want to use fresh chilies you can take your pick from any of them, using the kind of chili pepper you prefer. Ground chili powder also works, or try some chipotle for the slightly smoky flavor it imparts.
You can use any kind of tomato-based pasta sauce, either a very simple one or maybe tomato and herbs or even tomato and garlic. You could even use your own pasta sauce recipe if you have a nice one, perhaps something your mother or grandmother taught you to make. If you are in a rush though there is no problem using a jar of sauce instead. Some people like to use quite a lot of sauce while others prefer a light coating. In Italy not much sauce is used, and pasta is certainly not served swimming in sauce, so use your discretion as regards the ratio of sauce to pasta.
It makes sense to cook the pasta at the same time as cooking the sauce, then you can combine them at the end, rather than cook the pasta first and have it sitting in a colander getting cold and sticky. If the pasta is ready a minute or two early though, it really will not matter. Adjust the amount of chili if you want it spicier or milder, or even leave it out altogether if you do not want any heat in the dish.
Pasta dishes come in many shapes, colors and flavors, but one of the best ways to prepare pasta is to use a creamy sauce. This does not need to be anything complicated, and in fact some creamy pasta recipes only have 4 or 5 ingredients in all. The following recipe does have a bit more than that, but each item contributes to the overall flavor and appeal of the dish, and you will agree this chicken fettuccine boats a spectacular flavor.
You will enjoy the comfort food factor that creamy dishes offer, as well as the exquisite butter, milk, sour cream, and cheese sauce which coats the chicken and fettuccine. Add a sprig of fresh sage to the finished dish, to add some color to the plate, and you can be sure everyone’s plate will be clean. Nobody will want to miss a morsel of this lovely dinner. The first thing to do is cook the chicken, although if you have some leftover cooked chicken breast then just use that, for the sake of convenience.
The onion and garlic go into the creamy sauce, and then everything is tossed together at the end, to make the finished dish. Serve this immediately, ladling it on to warmed plates. Side dish options include asparagus or broccoli for added nutrition and a contrasting color on the plate, or even garlic bread if you are in the mood for a real carb feast. This is very easy to make and it is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. Fettuccine is really nice in this dish, although you could swap it for spaghetti if you prefer, or even another pasta shape. Continue reading
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