Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5-INGREDIENT CHICKEN PARMESAN


Throughout the past few years, I've learned a few things about bachelors and their cooking habits (or lack thereof).

1.       If a recipe has more than a few ingredients, forget about it.
2.       If a recipe has more than a few steps, no way.
3.       If the recipe requires cleanup afterwards, not happening.

When I first met Kyle, his homemade meals consisted of either Ramen Noodles or a bagel with peanut butter. Did he enjoy either of those meals? No. Was he getting enough nutrition from those meals? Not at all.

So why did he eat it?

Because it was easy, it was cheap, and there wasn't any cleanup.

As some of you know, Kyle has temporarily left his position as “Official Kylee’s Kitchen Taste-Tester” to go to law school. I am very very proud of him! But I’m also concerned about him slipping into his old eating habits.

That is why I’m creating a new series of recipes specifically targeted toward bachelors (and others) who want to get IN and OUT of the kitchen without any FUSS.

The first recipe I’m sharing in the “Bachelor Series” is 5-Ingredient Chicken Parmesan.

A lot of chicken Parmesan recipes require you to either sauté or fry the chicken prior to baking, but those steps only complicate the process. Instead this chicken Parmesan recipe is only lightly breaded and baked. As a result, you achieve the same taste in less time and with fewer calories.

Additionally, cleanup is very easy for this dish. Since you’re placing the chicken breasts on a baking sheet with aluminum foil before sticking it in the oven, all you have to do afterwards is throw the aluminum foil away.

Kyle tested this recipe out a few nights ago, and he was even surprised by how easy it was!


5-INGREDIENT CHICKEN PARMESAN
Yield: 4 chicken breasts
Calories: 179 calories for one 4 ounce chicken breast

INGREDIENTS
·         4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
·         2 tablespoons butter, melted
·         1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
·         1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
·         1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
1.       Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
2.       Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray
3.       Set up an “assembly line” with your chicken breasts, bowl of melted butter, bowl of bread crumbs, and prepared baking sheet
4.       Lightly brush the butter onto a chicken breast with a pastry or basting brush
5.       Dip the chicken  into the bread crumbs and coat on both sides
6.       Place chicken on baking sheet
7.       Repeat with remaining chicken breasts
8.       Bake chicken in the oven for 20 minutes
9.       Remove baking sheet from the oven, and turn chicken over
10.   Spoon marinara sauce over chicken so that it’s fully covered
11.   Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of marinara sauce
12.   Stick chicken back in oven and bake for 5 minutes

Recipe adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes

Set up your chicken, baking sheet, butter, and bread crumbs in an assembly line.

Use a pastry brush or basting brush and brush the butter onto the chicken.

Dip the buttered chicken into the bread crumbs and coat completely.

Make sure you line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and non-stick spray for easy cleanup.

Flip chickens over and spoon on marinara sauce and top with parmesan.

You can eat chicken parmesan plain or place on top of spaghetti with marinara sauce.

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