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Simple Chicken Parmesan ~ #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday! You know what Sunday means. That’s right, it means it’s time for #SundaySupper. My friend Isabel over at Family Foodie is on a mission to bring back Sunday supper around the family table. I believe in Isabel’s mission whole heartedly. It’s important to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. My family means the world to me. They keep me going through tough times and inspire me to be my best. I don’t know where I would be if it I didn’t have my family to back me up.

I made a simple chicken parmesan for Sunday supper. Today wasn’t the best day to take pictures because of the dreary, rainy weather, but I made it work. As soon as I was finished taking pictures, I turn around to my husband waiting, bowl in hand, for his share of the chicken parmesan. Chicken parmesan happens to be one of his favorite meals. He gets excited when it shows up on the menu.

I made my simple homemade marinara sauce for this meal, but you can just as easily open up your favorite jar of marinara to make it even easier. I make a ton of marinara, separate it into freezer bags, and store it in the freezer for later use. It really comes in handy, and it’s very economical. Plus, it’s tastier than its jarred counterpart.

Make sure you check out some of the other Easy #SundaySupper meals that my fellow foodie friends have cooking up in their kitchens:

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce by Renee from Magnolia Days

Caprese Pasta by Jen from Juanita’s Cocina 

Chicken Popovers by Pam from The Meltaways 

Spicy Bacon Burgers by Lane from Supper for a Steal

Caprese Grilled Cheese by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Simple Ollive Oil Pasta by Carla from Chocolate Moosey 

Nutella Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake by Anuradna from Baker Street 

Soothing Papaya Ginger Lemon Smoothie by Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Mini Peanut Butter and Chocolate Trifles by Angie from Big Bears Wife

Mediterranean Marinated Lamb Chops with Spaghetti alla Carbonara by Rashmi from The Primlani Kitchen

I love chicken parmesan because it’s a rustic and hearty meal. It’s guaranteed to satisfy your guests. Plus, you can place the pasta and the chicken in a large serving bowl, set it in the center of your table, and let your guests serve themselves. Trust me, you’ll have a swarm of people fighting over who gets served first.

Add a fresh garden salad, and you have yourself the perfect #SundaySupper meal to enjoy with your loved ones.

Happy eating!

Marinara:

1 green pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2- 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes

1 1/2 tbs. sugar

1 tsp. italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. dried basil (2 tbs. fresh basil)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large sauce pan, heat 2 tbs. of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, green pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until veggies are tender, about 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, italian seasoning, basil, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Use an immersion blender to blend the marinara until smooth. If you like chunky marinara, skip the previous step. Add the parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Chicken:

6 chicken breasts

2 cups bread crumbs (I used the italian-style variety)

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

4 eggs

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, or lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced

1 lb. spaghetti

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Pound out the chicken until it’s about a 1/2-inch thick. In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. To a second shallow bowl, add eggs and a pinch of salt and pepper, whisk to combine.

In a large pan, add about 3-4 tbs. of olive oil. Dip your chicken in the egg mixture, then dip it directly in the bread crumb mixture. Coat the chicken really good on both sides. Do this to the remaining 5 chicken breasts. Add the breaded chicken to the hot pan. You may need two pans for 6 pieces of chicken, depending on how big a pan you have. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes on each side. Top each piece of chicken with a generous helping of mozzarella cheese. Transfer the pan, or pans, to the oven. Cook for 5 minutes until the cheese melts and chicken finishes cooking.

Cook your spaghetti following the instructions of the pasta box.

Serve the parmesan chicken on top of the cooked spaghetti and top with marinara and a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

   

24 Responses to “Simple Chicken Parmesan ~ #SundaySupper”

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    Food Stories — April 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What a great take on Sunday Suppers!

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    Katie — April 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This looks incredible! I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. I love the concept of Sunday Supper, too. Perhaps, when my fiance switches to the day shift, we can have Sunday Suppers in our house. :)

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    • themessybakerblog replied April 22nd, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I think your husband will consider this a delicious idea. Join us for #SundaySupper every Sunday. Tweet a picture of your dish with the hash tag #SundaySupper and we’ll pin it on our Pinterest pin board.

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    juanitascocina — April 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    It’s been forever since I’ve made chicken parmesan. Why???

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    • themessybakerblog replied April 22nd, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      It’s a frequent flyer on our menu. My husband adores it.

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    lovefoodcookfood — April 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

    This is one of my favourite dishes. Yours looks great! :-)

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    bigbearswife — April 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Those photos are gorgeous!

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    chefconnie — April 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Chicken parmesan is always a hit in my house. Very nice pictues.

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    cookingactress — April 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Mmmm Chicken Parmesan is always great. These photos are gorgeous!! You cannot tell you had any light issues :)

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    • themessybakerblog replied April 23rd, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Kayle. I was nervous because I’m new to photography and it was such a dreary day.

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      • cookingactress replied April 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am

        You cannot tell you’re new, you’re awesome!

        • themessybakerblog replied April 24th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

          Thanks so much. I learned a lot from reading Helene Dujardin’s book. She’s awesome.

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    kaleighaubry — April 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This item gets my hubs excited too! Anything ‘parm’ will do it, really. :D

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    Stephanie — April 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    yum yum! I love chicken parm! Yours looks amazing! Perfect for Sunday Supper!

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    TastefullyJulie — April 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’ve been meaning to take part in this. It’s such a great idea.

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    Bloggy (@FoodLoversClub) — April 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

    All I can say is yummmmmmmm. I want sunday to come fast.

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    • themessybakerblog replied April 27th, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Thanks. Me too. I spend the entire day cooking and eating.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Mine is also crazy about chicken parm! If you asked him, he’d tell you I don’t make it near often enough. :)

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    Choc Chip Uru — April 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Wonderful take on Sunday Supper my friend – I bet you enjoyed it very much :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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