The other night was one of those too-lazy-to-go-to-the-store-gotta-make-dinner-with-what’s-in-the-house kinda nights. If you have chicken, milk, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs, pasta sauce and pasta, You could make a yummy and yummy-looking meal like this:
Ingredient amounts will vary depending on how much many servings you’re making. You can make chicken parm for two or a whole crowd. I didn’t measure, so all measurements are approximate.
- 1 pound chicken tenders (I like the portion size of a tender.)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I like panko for the extra crunch!)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1 package pasta of your choice, prepared according to package directions.
- 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (This is my Zesty Pasta Sauce!)
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13 pan with oil a spread a bit of the pasta sauce over the bottom.
Place tenders a few at a time in a sealed ziploc and pound to a uniform thickness, around 1/4-inch thick, using a wooden mallet or something similar.
Stack them up on a plate until all are pounded thin.
Create a breading station of shallow bowls in this order: milk, flour, egg, and then bread crumbs.
Dip each tender in milk, then flour; shake off excess. Then dip into egg and then breadcrumbs, coating evenly. Place into a hot pan with 3 TBSP oil. Fry until each side is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Work in batches, overcrowding will steam the chicken and you’ll loose the nice crunch. Add extra oil as needed.
Drain on paper towels. Don’t they look yummy already?! All crispity-crunchity?! Mmmmmm….
When all tenders are cooked, place in prepared pan and schmear with some pasta sauce.
Then top with shredded cheese.
Bake 30 minutes, until cheese is melty and bubbly.
Serve with prepared pasta and garlic bread. Top with shredded parmesan if you like.
Such an easy and yummy meal. Great for the fam on a weeknight, impressive for company, fancy-schmancy enough for date night! Have a bite!
Super yummy left over as well. One pound of tenders, a jar of pasta sauce and a package of spaghetti was enough for the three of us and then left overs for two the next day.