One of our favorite Italian dishes is chicken parmesan. It's such a simple and comforting dish, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand to make it. It always turns out so delicious that I ask myself why I don't make it more often. We had this tonight for dinner with some spaghetti and a salad. Dinner was ready in under 30 minutes. Can't beat that.
4 chicken breasts, pounded thin
1 cup italian style bread crumbs (I made my own but you could buy them)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Set up three shallow bowls; one with the parmesan cheese, one with the eggs, and one with the bread crumbs. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken breasts. Dip one chicken breast in the parmesan and pat to coat it with the cheese. Then dip it in the egg and then the bread crumbs. Be sure to coat it well. Do this for the other remaining chicken breasts and place them in a baking dish. Bake for 20-25 min until chicken is no longer pink. Broil on each side 2 min for a crispier crust.
Serve with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce. Top with additional parmesan if desired.
I also made some homemade croutons tonight to go on my salad. I had some leftover dinner rolls so this was a good way to use those up. So simple and so good!
Buttery Garlic Croutons
4-5 small dinner rolls (this could be made with regular bread as well)
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp garlic powder(you could also use minced garlic but remove it from the melted butter before placing the bread cubes in the pan so it doesn't burn)
Cut the bread into 1"cubes. Heat a pan over medium heat and add butter. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic powder and the bread cubes. Toss the bread around or turn with a spoon every couple of minutes to brown on each side. Once brown and crispy, place the croutons on a plate with a paper towel to drain any excess butter. Allow them to cool and serve on your favorite salad.