Breaded Chicken


Chicken can get boring if you don’t get creative but I’m going to share with you my secret.  I love making breaded chicken because I can use it so many ways…. use it to make chicken parm, serve with spaghetti and marinara sauce.  This is also one of my go to chicken recipes if I’ve not had a chance to prep for dinner and need to make something without putting in too much effort.  Usually breaded chicken requires thinning out the chicken by pounding it down with a meat mallet; I’m not into beating the crap out the poor thing after it’s already dead so I slice it in half instead.  This is actually so much better I think as you get to portion control your meat and it doubles the serving size.

Slice 2 chicken breasts in half and season both sides of each half with salt and pepper.

For the breading, you’ll need three deep bowls or plates.  In one, add some all purpose flour.
In the second, crack 2 eggs and whisk them really well.
In the third, mix together bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Heat up a non-stick skillet and add a little evoo to it.  While the oil is coming up to temp, take a piece of seasoned chicken breast and first dredge it in the flour.  This will help take out all the moisture from the chicken so the eggs and bread crumbs can stick better.  Next, dip the chicken breast in the egg and finally, in the bread crumbs and cheese mixture.  Make sure you cover all the chicken breast with the crumbs mix for maximum flavor.
Once you’ve dipped the chicken breast in all three, add it to the skillet.  Oh I love the sound of the chicken sizzling!
Let the chicken cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes on each side so you get a beautiful golden crust. Make sure you use two separate tongs, one for the raw meat and one for the meat cooking on the stove to prevent food contamination.

If you’re having a party or even want a head start on dinner, you can totally make this chicken ahead of time and just keep in the oven to warm up when you’re ready to serve.   Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband does!

2 chicken breasts, each sliced in half
1/2 c flour
2 eggs
1/2 c Italian style bread crumbs
1/4 c parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to season
EVOO to cook chicken with

Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper and set aside.
Prep the breading station with flour in one bowl and beaten eggs in a second.  In the third bowl, mix the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese together.
In a non-stick skillet, heat the evoo on medium heat.  Add in the breaded chicken and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with pasta and sauce, or even use to make chicken parm.