We’ve been down to the wire lately with school and wedding stuff, but luckily we have our buddy Karin to help us in the kitchen! Cooking with friends and roommates is not only fun, it also saves on time and money (hint hint – buy groceries with people and you can save money and then you can also cook larger portions which are easier and this is a really run-on sentence)! Karin has always been our own personal photographer the last four years and now we have her to take pictures while cooking!
Here’s a fun picture comparing us as super seniors and freshman (Declan was such a baby!)!
Such a simple and yummy way to cook boring ol’ chicken
- Servings – 4
- Prep time – 10 minutes
- Cook time – 25 minutes
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 cups panko bread crumbs (or regular if you want)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup marinara or tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (Italian blend, mozzarella, provolone etc.)
- Olive oil
1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
2. Cut your chicken breasts in half. Then cut the halves in half longwise to make them thin. You could also pound out the chicken to make it thinner, but we didn’t have a meat mallet.
3. Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan.
4. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken so all sides are lightly coated.
5. Dip coated chicken into beaten eggs, making sure all gets covered. Then transfer the chicken to the bread crumb mixture and press the crumbs into all sides. Place chicken on a plate or dish and continue with all your pieces.
6. Heat enough olive oil in a large non-stick skillet to cover the bottom of the pan over medium-high heat . Cook the chicken until golden, about 2 minutes on each side (the chicken will continue cooking in the oven).
7. Place the chicken in a baking dish and layer each with tomato sauce. Then lay fresh basil leaves to cover the tops and finish off with sprinkly cheese. If you want, sprinkle some extra parmesan and/or drizzle with olive oil for extra yumminess!
8. Bake until the cheese is browned and the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. For the pieces cut into fourths – about 10-15 minutes. For the pounded pieces – about 15-20 minutes. If you’re going to serve pasta on the side, cook it now!
9. Let rest for about five minutes.
10. Serve and enjoy!