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Feb 23

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Open Nature® Chicken Parmesan – this quick dinner recipe is totally foolproof. The chicken comes out moist every time! It’s the BEST easy chicken parmesan recipe we’ve ever had and it’s my husband’s favorite.

Easy Chicken Parmesan - this quick dinner recipe is totally foolproof. The chicken comes out moist every time! It's the BEST chicken parmesan recipe we've ever had.

It’s mid-February and we are in the middle of our super busy marathon: family visits and birthdays and trips, oh my! Mel and I haven’t had a chance to sneak away for a date night in weeks and there isn’t a break anytime soon. So, this past Monday night I planned a date-night-in dinner for us. Jordan had an extra long dance class and someone else was driving carpool, so we were alone in the house for a couple of hours. We turned off the TV and ate at the dining room table like adults. I even set the table!

In normal, less-hectic times we try to do dinner in at least once a month. On these nights I like to make a special dinner that I know Mel loves, but I want it to be an easy recipe. After all, I don’t want to spend hours cooking when we only have a few hours alone, and I don’t want to spend the entire night doing dishes either. That’s why this Easy Chicken Parmesan is one of the best for date night, or even for a quick dinner on a busy weeknight.

I’ve been making this baked chicken recipe for a long time and we love it because it’s totally foolproof. It’s not fried so it has less calories and it’s never dry. Dry chicken is the worst, which is why I like this recipe so much.

Easy Chicken Parmesan - this quick dinner recipe is totally foolproof. The chicken comes out moist every time! It's the BEST chicken parmesan recipe we've ever had.

What makes this recipe foolproof? A few things, actually. I like to make sure my chicken breasts are uniform in size. A lot of times a package of boneless skinless chicken breasts will have varying sizes in the package, and even the breast itself can be very thick at one end and thin at the other. To combat this problem I like to slice each breast in half lengthwise so I get equal sized pieces.

Then, the chicken is breaded, as it is in traditional chicken parmesan. The breading sticks fine without egg, which reduces a step. The chicken is baked at a high temperature, sealing in moisture and baking it quickly.

At the end of baking, right when regular chicken recipes would be getting dry, you add pasta sauce and cheese to the hot pan. The covering of sauce helps the chicken finish cooking yet keeps it nice and juicy.

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