I love to cook. I don't do it very often but I really do enjoy it. My favorite things are simple and easy. Of course. If something is too complicated than I just really don't want to have anything to do with it. Occassionally I'll try but most of the time I'll pray somebody else makes it for me or I find an easier way. All about simplicity. And what takes the least amount of dishes possible. This also means that my repertoire of recipes is really small. Sad face.
Well, Saturday I decided that I wanted to make dinner. But I didn't wanna make the same old things I always make. So I'm going through Pinterest (where else would I look?) looking for ideas when I think "Self, you've always wanted to try the chicken parm at work. Why don't you make your own??" And it sounded like a good idea. I went a little off of a recipe I found but just for the directions on what method to cook it and for how long.
I thought I'd share with you today =) I don't really measure when I cook so just use what you think is right.
- Boneless chicken breasts (I used 4)
- 2 eggs
- Bread crumbs, any style/flavor you want. (I used italian style)
- Marinara sauce. (I wasn't feeling good so I just grabbed a jar. Do me a favor and share your favorite homemade recipe. No chunks please!)
- Mozzarella cheese (I bought fresh, but whatever works for you is great!)
That's it. Simple is the key to life.
1. Set oven to 350 degrees to preheat.
2. Coat chicken in egg. Make sure it's nice and eggy. It feels really gross. At least to me.
3. Roll the chicken in your breadcrumbs. Like get as much as you possibly can on there. Make sure it's coated. Or not. You're choice.
4. Place chicken on a tin foiled cookie sheet and place in the oven.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. Add mozzarella cheese and bake for another 5 minutes.
And you're done!
Add as much marinara sauce as you want. And a side. If that's your thing. I love carbs so I added spaghetti. I got a little too much sauce too. I just need somebody to convince me that spaghetti squash really doesn't taste terrible and I'll try it.
I was so exicted to try it that I forgot to take a decent pictures. This is terrible I know. I'm embarrassed.
Of course there are things I will do differently next time.
- I'll add salt and pepper to the eggs and a couple of my own spices to the breadcrumbs.
- I won't wait as long as 30 minutes to add the cheese. I like mine a little more melted than it is.
- I'll remember to tenderize the chicken. Like I said, I didn't feel good and really wanted to eat soon.
- I might place them in a glass pan and bake them with sauce and cheese on top. Maybe some grated cheese on top of the chicken then the sauce and fresh mozzarella. Who knows.
Have fun with it! Make it your own. And be sure to tell me about it.
Hopefully I can come up with something else to post this month.