Friday, September 25, 2009

Chicken Parmesan By The Artful Hawaiigirl

Want something easy and beautiful to add to your repertoire? Try this Chicken Parmesan recipe. It's fast and easy and delightful any night of the week.

I know this picture isn't pretty, but I wanted to show you how I actually tenderize the boneless chicken breasts. I didn't have a meat tenderizer, so my friend had told me a trick about using the potato masher as a smasher!
You simply slice the boneless chicken breasts into manageable pieces and hammer away at them, flipping them to hammer some more. They flatten out nicely and become thin beautiful flat chicken pieces ready to be seasoned and browned in olive oil, butter and garlic.

I season the poultry with salt and pepper, some sweet basil and sprinkle lots of crushed minced garlic into the olive oil butter mixture. The filets are browned in the butter and olive oil on both sides for about five minutes on each side.

 I move them to a deep baking dish and prepare to layer the cheeses and marinara sauce for baking at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes until all the cheeses and sauce are bubbling, the meat is cooked through but still moist.

First I grate fresh Parmesan generously over the browned chicken breasts.

Then I ladle my marinara sauce (see my marinara post yesterday) over the Parmesan and finally I grate lots of Mozzarella on top.

I bake this at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes like I said, until it's all bubbling and everythings melted.  I test a piece of the chicken to make sure that it is cooked through perfectly. Don't overcook. You don't want dry chicken.

It's piping hot and you want to take a bite, but wait you have to let it sit a minute or you'll burn your mouth! So assemle the green salad add a few garbanzos, and Voila. Dinner is ready. It is absolutely delicious.

I had given a little sample portion to my sister-in-law wrapped in foil. She said at first she thought it was going to be too garlicky, but then she and her son were fighting for the last bite. YUM!

So try it! You see how easy cooking can be. It's as easy as one-two-three.

(Just like Painting on tees) For more cooking of mine you can check out my cookbook at and I'll see you tomorrow with my Meyer's lemon meringue pie. (Not Quite Nigella's recipe) The dough is in my fridge chilling overnight.

Aloha friends,
So tell me what do you think of my Chicken Parmesan?


  1. Sounds yum, I shall have to try it!

  2. Thanks Jennifer, I hope you try it. You will love my Chicken Parmesan. I love your description of where you live in Australia!
    Aloha from Maui,Do you follow Not Quite Nigella and The Internet Chef, (Bridget Cooks)? They are both Sydney girls! ♥

  3. Oh this looks yummy!
    I make mine like this
    Mix bread crumbs with the parmesean, add spices,
    coat chicken with mayo (must be mayo)
    dip into mixture
    bake 50 minutes at 350.
    Yours might be a bit more healthy?

  4. Hey Marilyn,
    Great way to kick off my weekend! Oh my gosh that dish, pics and recipe all look fabulous! When r u opening a restaurant...LOL.
    Take care my friend and have a blessed Sat/Sun!

  5. Awww! Nancy, I'll add the breadcrumbs next time. I probably just forgot them, after all I am The Spontaneous chef. I love mayo on my salmon, and chicken. That sounds great too.

    Wes, you are such a great guy. Thanks for writing. Maybe someday I'll have a small cafe!

  6. Hi Marilyn,
    I loved your recipe for Parmesan Chicken. Looks delicious!!! You're the best and give a great presentation. Love you Princess, Mom & PeeWee CALL ME............


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