I’m going to try to start sharing a few of my recipes on here. I love the idea of starting my week off with a great, home cooked meal. I have always loved to cook and it really is a creative outlet for me. It’s also the perfect way for me to de-stress after a day of work.
Tonight I made chicken parm. There is nothing better than cooking a simple meal with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
I used my cast-iron skillet for this recipe. This most important tip I can give you about cooking with a cast-iron skillet, is that you always want to properly heat your pan. I set my skillet over medium heat for 5-10 minutes before I’m ready to start cooking. Once the pan is nice and hot, you can then add your oil.
Next, I crushed up the bread to use for the coating on the chicken breast. I mixed the bread crumbs with a little bit of Italian seasoning and parmesan. I wish I knew moe specifically how much of each but I never measure anything!
When I have chicken breast, I like to slice them in half or butterfly them so that they cook a little bit faster.
I made an easy egg and milk mixture and added a little bit of salt and cayenne pepper. We like spicy food in our house. I dipped each piece of chicken in this liquid and then moved them to the bowl of breadcrumbs. Once the chicken was nice and coated, I added some olive oil to my cast-iron began searing the chicken.
In order to cook all the way through, the chicken needed about three minutes on each side. When I could tell that it was done, I moved the chicken to a plate to rest while I cooked down some cherry tomatoes. I dumped about 10 small tomatoes into my cast-iron and let them blister on medium heat for about 7 minutes.
I then added the chicken back into the pan along with half a jar of store bought pasta sauce. While these ingredients got to know each other, I set my broiler.
Finally, I topped everything with some mozzarella and another sprinkle of parmesan and transferred the whole thing to the broiler for about 8 minutes.
In my opinion, the finished results were not only delicious but also very pretty. You know what they say! Our phones always eat first.
Below you can find a list of ingredients and simplified instructions. Enjoy!
- 2 chicken breasts, butterflied
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- Fresh tomatoes
- 1 can of pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat skillet on medium heat for 5-10 minutes (cast-iron is best because you can transfer directly from the stove to the broiler)
- Mix together two eggs and 1/4 cup of milk in a medium bowl, add seasonings to taste
- In another bowl, add Italian bread crumbs
- Dip each piece of chicken into the egg/milk mixture and then into the bread crumbs, making sure that the chicken is evenly coated
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet
- Add chicken to the pan and cook for three minutes on each side
- Transfer chicken to a plate to rest
- Add fresh tomatoes to the skillet and cook until the skin is beginning to blister
- Add chicken back to the skillet along with half of the jar of pasta sauce
- Turn on broiler
- Top with mozzarella and parmesan and transfer the entire skillet to the broiler for 6-8 minutes. The cheese should become slightly brown.
- Enjoy as is or over pasta