Chicken Parmigiana

Don't go to a restaurant for this classic Italian favorite. With just 30 minutes preparation time, this breaded chicken, cheese, tomatoes and herb dish can be on the table in less than an hour.



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Servings: 4
Serving size: 3  ounces chicken or veal + 1/3 cup sauce
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    1/3  cup 
    chopped onion
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    1   
    clove garlic, minced
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    1   tablespoon 
    butter or margarine
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    1  14 1/2 ounce can 
    diced tomatoes, undrained
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    sugar
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    salt
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    dash black pepper
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    1/4  cup 
    snipped fresh basil
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    4   
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1-1/4 pounds)
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    1/3  cup 
    seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
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    3   tablespoons 
    grated Parmesan cheese
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    dried oregano, crushed
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    1   
    beaten egg
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    2   tablespoons 
    milk
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    3   tablespoons 
    olive oil or cooking oil
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    1/4  cup 
    shredded mozzarella cheese (1 ounce)
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    1   tablespoon 
    grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1.
For sauce, in a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot butter until onion is tender. Carefully stir in the undrained tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil. Keep warm.
2.
Meanwhile, with a meat mallet, pound each chicken breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thickness.
3.
In a shallow dish stir together bread crumbs, the 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and oregano. In another bowl stir together the egg and milk. Dip chicken breast halves in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat. In a 12-inch skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Transfer chicken to a serving platter.
4.
Spoon sauce over chicken. Top with shredded mozzarella and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Makes 4 servings.
Variation
  • Veal Parmigiana: Prepare as above, except substitute 1 pound boneless veal sirloin steak or boneless veal leg round steak, cut 1/2-inch thick for the chicken breast halves. Cut meat into 4, serving-size pieces and pound to 1/4-inch thickness as above.
Variation
  • Creamy Tomato Chicken Parmigiana: Prepare as above, except after simmering the sauce for 10 minutes or to desired consistency, slowly add 3 tablespoons whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 3 minutes more and then stir in the basil.

    Nutrition Facts per 3 ounces chicken + 1/3 cup sauce: 418 cal., 24 g total fat (9 g sat. fat), 152 mg chol., 715 mg sodium, 15 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 34 g pro.
    Daily Values: 11% vit. A, 24 % vit. C, 19% calcium, 11% iron.
    Exchanges: 1 Vegetable, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat, 4 Fat
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 379, Fat, total (g) 20, chol. (mg) 137, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 15, Monosaturated fat (g) 10, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 5, pro. (g) 34, vit. A (IU) 389, vit. C (mg) 14, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 10, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (g) 16, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1, sodium (mg) 711, Potassium (mg) 310, calcium (mg) 182, iron (mg) 2, Vegetables () 1, Other Carb () 1, Very Lean Meat () 5, Fat () 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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