As my Uncle Buck used to say: "true story." You see, I've never really been into chicken parmesan until the past couple of years. I don't have an explanation for this. Crispy breaded chicken smothered in mozzarella cheese with mom's homemade sauce. More fresh parmesan cheese on top and fresh basil on top of that? I love all those flavors! However, I usually would only order this at a restaurant. I began to experiment with chicken parmesan and one thing became clear: you can make outrageous chicken parmesan at home. It's easy guys and it doesn't take much to put it all together.
For Crispy Chicken Parmesan You must have Mis en Place
Being organized with your prep will make for an easy assembly of this classic dish. My undergrad degree was in hotel/restaurant management. One of the first concepts we learned about was mis en place - French for everything in its place. It means get your ingredients together, chopped, divided, sliced - whatever - but have it ready when you need it. You shouldn't be reaching for new ingredients to prep in the middle of the assembly of your final product.
Whether you're using chicken breasts that you cut and pound yourself or already-cut, thin chicken cutlets - have them ready on a plate. Make sure your dredging station is ready - this is key. Once the assembly begins the whole process will go by very quickly.
Everyone loves chicken parm and if you master this recipe you can do anything! Use your favorite jarred sauce or try my killer slow-cooked spaghetti sauce courtesy of my mom. This recipe will not let you down.
Be brave and cook for your loved ones tonight. You're not alone - follow along with my instructional video and I'll be right there with you.