Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chicken Parmesan

Recipes courtesy  of 
(photos from Jack's kitchen)

Simple Tomato Sauce:
recipe courtesy of Giada de Laurentiis

 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 1 small onion, chopped
 2 cloves garlic, chopped
 1 stalk celery, chopped
 1 carrot, chopped
 Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
 2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
 4 to 6 basil leaves
 2 dried bay leaves
 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and simmer covered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and check for seasoning. If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.

Add half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags. This will freeze up to 6 months.

Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce

Recipe courtesy  of Tyler Florence
(photos from Jack's kitchen)


 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
 1 medium onion, chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 bay leaves
 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained and hand-crushed
 Pinch sugar
 Pinch red pepper flakes
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
 1 tablespoon water
 1 cup dried plain bread crumbs
 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling
 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
 2 teaspoons garlic powder
 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
 1 pound spaghetti pasta, cooked al dente
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat a saute pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. When the oil gets hazy, add the onions, garlic, and bay leaves; cook and stir for 5 minutes until fragrant and soft. Add the olives and some hand-torn basil, reserve the rest of the basil for finishing the chicken. Carefully add the tomatoes (nothing splashes like tomatoes), cook and stir until the liquid is cooked down and the sauce is thick, about 15 minutes; season with sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Lower the heat, cover, and keep warm.

Get the ingredients together for the chicken so you have a little assembly line. Put the flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. In a wide bowl, combine the eggs and water, beat until frothy. Put the bread crumbs on a plate, add the 1 cup parmesan, chopped parsley, and garlic powder Season with salt and pepper and stir with a fork until thoroughly combined.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high flame in a large oven-proof skillet. Lightly dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off, then dredge in the bread crumbs. When the oil is nice and hot, add the cutlets and fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden and crusty, turning once.

Ladle the tomato-olive sauce over the chicken and arrange the mozzarella on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and remaining basil. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Serve hot with spaghetti.

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