I don't know about you, but I love the Food Network. I have several shows I really enjoy watching. For years, I've watched the cooking shows with Giada, Ina, Paula, and Rachel. Not to leave the men out, I've also enjoyed Michael and Tyler. Lately, however, I've really enjoyed Dinner: Impossible, Ace of Cakes, Diners Drive-ins, & Dives, the Challenges, and Next Food Network Star. One show, however, that I've never really cared for is Semi-Homemade. It's a shame because that's how I cook. This week's recipe proves that.
This dish has a history. My sister, Jessica, has always been a veal/chicken parmesean fan. Good veal parm is hard to find, so she usually got chicken. Years ago, she showed me how she makes it at home. I soon made it the same way. It's so good and so easy. I adapted this recipe a few years ago when I was working as a manager at Borders. The management staff decided to treat the rest of the staff to a homecooked meal one day during the Christmas shopping season. That's when Jessica's Chicken Parmesean became a casserole. Measurements are sketchy because I've never measured it. I just make as much as I need.
Chicken Parmesean Casserole
1. 1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts or tenders
2. 1 egg
4. Italian bread crumbs
5. olive oil
6. 2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce
7. 1 lb angel hair pasta
8. 2 c. shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 350.
Cut chicken into large bite-sized pieces. Mix egg with water to create a wash. Dip chicken in wash and then roll in bread crumbs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Brown chicken in olive oil. Remove chicken from pan when browned, and set aside.
Cook pasta in large pot filled with boiling water. Drain when it is slightly underdone. Toss pasta with enough pasta sauce to thoroughly coat.
Pour pasta into a 9"x13" pan. Top with chicken pieces. Cover completely with pasta sauce, and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake approximately 30-45 minutes or until bubby and cheese is starting to brown.
This recipe is extremely flexible. You can add mushrooms, olives, onions, green peppers, etc... to the sauce. You can even make the sauce from scratch. It really isn't that hard. I've done all sorts of variations. This makes a huge amount and is a rib-sticker!
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