It’s such a cold and windy day I decided to create one of my favorite comfort food dishes.
Chicken Parmigiana is one of those hearty dishes that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy!
Crispy chicken, from scratch tomato meat sauce, pasta and lots of mozzarella cheese.
Yes folks, this is real deal comfort food, Italian style.
First, I whipped up a batch of my famous pasta sauce.
It’s really simple, I use ground turkey and fresh andouille sausage, casing removed.
If you can’t find fresh andouille sausage fresh Italian sausage does the job.
Next, it’s all about the crunchy chicken!
I flattened the chicken using a saran wrapped cutting board and a can I found in the pantry.
Don’t forget to top the chicken with another piece of saran wrap.
You could also use a freezer bag, which BTW is a lot easier.
Lastly, you’re going to dredge the chicken in flour, egg, and panko!
Yes, the crunch comes from the Japanese bread crumbs.
I sauteed the chicken in a little extra virgin olive oil for about 3-4 minutes per side.
Now it’s time to build our dish.
Ladle sauce in the bottom of an oven proof dish.
Top with chicken and top the chicken with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Now it’s time to serve over hot pasta and even more cheese and sauce if desired.
I like to add sauce on top right before serving because I am all about having a crunch in every bite.
If you top with the sauce while baking you lose some of that crunchy goodness!
Oh, don’t forget the garlic bread and maybe a side salad.