Who has Valentine’s Day on a Tuesday anyway?? The day started out fine, we all exchanged our Valentine cards in the morning. Alexa was going to make supper because I was beat, the last few weeks have been brutally busy, and Monday I really didn’t feel great. Plus, I had a council meeting at 7 pm…on Valentine’s Day. It was all downhill from there. As my daughter was on her way back from school to the town where I work, her alternator went out. While, technically this isn’t the end of the world, when your 17 years old and you car is a huge junker, it kind of is. She didn’t make it home til 5:30, while I got home at 5. I had just about enough time to whip up the chicken parmesan and 6 cheese noodles for supper and head out to my next meeting.
Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan Recipe
Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan
- 1 oven
- 1 bowl
- 1 glass baking dish
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- ¼ c. milk
- 1 c. Italian bread crumbs
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 c. shredded Italian cheese blend
- Preheat oven to 400
- Combine milk and egg in a bowl
- Put breadcrumbs on a separate plate
- Dunk chicken in milk/egg mixture then in breadcrumbs
- Place in a 9 X 13 glass baking dish
- Bake uncovered 20 min
- Take chicken out of the oven and top with sauce and shredded cheese
- Bake another 10-15 min until cheese is melted
Why Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan?
So, why Chicken Parmesan? Well, it’s simple, hearty, and incredibly satisfying. It’s the kind of dish that fills your kitchen with an irresistible aroma that whispers comfort and love.
Chicken Parmesan is also flexible. You can pair it with a variety of sides – pasta, garlic bread, salad – the choices are endless! But the real charm lies in its simplicity. You don’t need to be a Michelin-star chef to whip up this dish. With a few tips and tricks, you’re in for a fantastic Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan experience!
Cooking Tips for the Perfect Chicken Parmesan
The recipe for Chicken Parmesan may be straightforward, but as with any dish, there are ways to elevate it. Here are some cooking tips to ensure your Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan turns out perfect every time:
- Quality Over Quantity: Invest in high-quality ingredients. Fresh mozzarella, organic chicken breasts, and ripe tomatoes can make a world of difference in flavor.
- The Right Tools: A meat mallet for the chicken and a good quality grater for the parmesan will go a long way in getting the textures right.
- Timing is Everything: Don’t rush the cooking process. Let the chicken cook evenly, and give the sauce ample time to simmer and develop those deep, rich flavors.
FAQs – All you need to know about Chicken Parmesan
Now let’s address some common questions around making Chicken Parmesan.
Can I prepare Chicken Parmesan ahead of time? Yes! It’s a great dish to make in advance. You can assemble it, refrigerate, and bake it just before serving.
What sides go well with Chicken Parmesan? Almost anything goes well with Chicken Parmesan. Pasta, salad, garlic bread are all excellent choices. For a healthier option, you could try steamed vegetables or roasted potatoes.
The Art of Serving Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan
It’s not only the cooking but also the presentation that counts on special occasions. Here’s how you can serve your Valentine’s Day Chicken Parmesan:
Plating: Place your golden, crispy chicken on a bed of pasta or beside your chosen side. Ladle some extra sauce over the top and sprinkle with fresh basil leaves.
Pairing: A bold red wine like Chianti or Merlot complements the richness of the chicken parmesan beautifully.
Ambience: Set the table, light some candles, put on some soft music, and you’ve created an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner at home!
So there you have it! My deep-dive into making your Valentine’s Day special with Chicken Parmesan. Remember, it’s not just about the meal, but the love and effort you put into it that counts. So go ahead, roll up those sleeves and cook up a storm this Valentine’s Day!