Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli and Green Beans - IHCC Potluck

I'm still exploring the chicken dishes of I Heart Cooking Clubs' featured chefs, past and present, for potluck week. A lighter and easier version of an Italian-American classic from Giada de Laurentiis was this month's choice.

Traditionally made with chicken breast cutlets that have been breaded and fried, smothered in tomato sauce and cheese and baked, this recipe for Chicken Parmesan omitted several time consuming steps (and lots of oil and fat) without compromising flavour. 
The chicken was first seasoned with fresh herbs then seared briefly with minimal oil. Leaving the chicken in the skillet, a judicious coating of marinara sauce, a little mozzarella cheese and some grated Parmesan was added before the whole thing was popped into the oven to finish cooking, to emerge golden and bubbling just a few minutes later. I used chicken breasts pounded thin (approx 170g each) instead of cutlets and omitted the butter. 
To go with the chicken, I made a simple and fresh tasting vegetable side of blanched broccoli and green beans quickly sautéed in garlic and red chile pepper infused olive oil. I used 2 tbsp oil and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
The herbed chicken was juicy and tender and with just enough marinara sauce and cheese to enhance it, really tasty. Served with the vegetables and garlic bread (à la Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking), this was a quick and easy weeknight meal.

The recipes for Marinara Sauce, Chicken Parmesan and Broccoli and Green Beans are from the book Everyday Italian but (slightly different versions) can be found online - just click on the recipe name for the link.

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7 comments:

  1. I tend not to like chicken breasts, but these look very tasty!

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  2. Tasty... and you don't even need that bread coating when you have a slab of cheese and a good marinara! I love broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes ... it's also good with sweet red pepper strips in the mix too! Yum! Great Italian post here!

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  3. Oh yum! What a delicious dish! Everything comes together beautifully!

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  4. They look look so fresh and colorful--a very tempting dish and I love how healthy it is! ;-)

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  5. You have a complete and delicious meal there. It makes me hungry just looking at the pictures. Don't know where I start the first bite.

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  6. Now that is a meal right up my alley:) With some flavorful tomato sauce and good cheese you hardy miss the breading. I have no doubt this was a hit with your family. Mine would love it!

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