Chicken Parmesan is super simple and will certainly impress your friends and family!
Many years ago I ordered Chicken Parmesan at a restaurant and I loved it. I love the idea of eating a protein for the main course and having the pasta as a side dish.
So when I got home I searched all of my resources for a recipe for something like Chicken Parmesan. Now this was before the internet was in every household in America, so I had to physically look through cookbooks, magazines and clippings of recipes. I even had some of those Recipe-Of-The-Month sample cards I had been sent in the mail to look through.
I managed to find one recipe, and I think it was in a magazine, for skillet Chicken Parmesan. Not quite what I was looking for, so I modified it. It called for browning the breaded chicken in the skillet and then adding the ingredients for the sauce right into the skillet.
I changed that to just browning the chicken in the skillet and then putting it into a casserole dish and finishing it off in the oven. I also changed it to a jar sauce.
Basically, the only thing I learned from that recipe was to use equal parts Italian style bread crumbs and equal parts grated Parmesan cheese for the breading. And to me, as a young cook, that was very valuable information.
I am happy to say that my kids will eat the chicken now. That is actually one of the things that I liked so much about this dish; my husband and I could eat the chicken and the pasta and the kids could just eat the pasta. It was a win-win. But the kids have learned the value of protein, and like I said, they will eat it now.