Almost every time we go to an Italian restaurant, Steve orders Chicken Parmesan. I was recently watching a Food Network episode of “Pioneer Woman”. She had made this recipe for her husband’s birthday dinner. I knew it sounded like a recipe that would be a hit for dinner here.
This afternoon while my husband, son, and son-in-law were at skit practice for our upcoming vacation Bible school, I decided it would be a good time to make it. Kelli & Justin never seem to mind a dinner invitation. Well, I was right about the recipe. It was delicious. My chicken breasts were huge. I had 8 of them, but it was probably more like 10 small ones. Next time if the chicken pieces are that large, I will probably only use 6 pieces. Also, I didn’t have fresh herbs like the original recipe, so I used dried. The sauce was simple, but really delicious. So much better than usual jar sauces. I will likely use the sauce recipe again just to serve with pasta. I will certainly be making this one again!
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded flat
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1/2 cup oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 3 (14.5-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/8 cup parsley, plus more for serving
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more if needed
Mix the flour and some salt and pepper together on a large plate.
Dredge the flattened chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Set aside.
Cook the spaghetti until al dente.
Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat.
When the butter is melted and the oil/butter mixture is hot, fry the chicken breasts until nice and golden brown on each side.
Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and set aside.
Without cleaning the skillet, add the garlic and onions and gently stir for 2 minutes.
Pour in the stock and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the flavorful bits off the bottom.
Allow the stock to cook down until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.
Add the sugar and more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for 30 minutes.
Add the parsley and basil.
Carefully lay the chicken breasts on top of the sauce and completely cover them in the grated Parmesan.
Place the lid on the skillet and reduce the heat to low.
Allow to simmer until the cheese is melted and the chicken is thoroughly heated.
Add more cheese to taste.
Place the cooked noodles on a plate and cover with the sauce.
Place the chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with more parsley.