The Everyday Occasions Store:
LogoBlack1
tour of our home
browse my SUMMER recipes
Shop the store
the everyday occasions store
ribbon Pink Bakery boxes
kitchen brush set
summer sugar cookies
IMG5 IMG8365
linens kitchen
summer collection enamelware
hydrangea cupcakes linens
IMG3135 IMG9178
linens blue & white containers
clambakeround
IMG6932
summer essentials
clean bottles collection
IMG9883
IMG0898
baking sheets & parchment
herb pots
m74
m70
platter collection
IMG8499
kitchen essentials
baking supplies
m78 m79
baking supplies bread board collection
IMG0751
Enamelware
linen storage ideas
m88 IMG8861
Baking pantry house & home details
IMG6260 IMG0728
summer packaging favorites Summer Recipes

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Recipe | Fresh Summer Chicken Parmesan | Easy Dinner Ideas


I refuse to believe that pasta is bad for you.  It is filling, tastes great, it is so versatile, and... well, I like it... all of the time.  Did I say versatile?  I took a typically heavy recipe, Chicken Parmesan, and turned it into a light summer dinner.  Instead of a traditional red sauce, I used whole tomatoes and broke them into large pieces for a fresh tomato taste, added plenty of fresh basil and pan seared the chicken breasts instead of breading and frying.  Don't worry, I didn't leave out the fresh mozzarella - I'm not crazy. 

The result was a fresh, light, protein and vegetable packed summer dinner.  Highly recommended.  As you can tell from the ingredient list below, it is definitely a budget friendly quick dinner perfect for a weeknight or Sunday evening.  Maybe this will replace our Sunday Spaghetti & Meatballs for the Summer? 

Fresh Summer Chicken Parmesan
serves 4

1 pound of angel hair pasta
1 pound of chicken breasts, butterflied and cut into strips
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
*Dried Italian Seasoning
2 - 14 oz. cans of whole tomatoes
Fresh Basil, chopped
Fresh Mozzarella



Season butterflied and chicken breasts cut into strips with Salt & Pepper.  **Not pictured, but you can also add dried Italian seasoning for extra flavor.  



Sear the chicken in a medium hot pan in olive oil for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.  Cover and set aside.  


For the sauce, use kitchen sheers to cut up whole tomatoes while they are still in the can.  This can save you some splattering and messy hands trying to do it in the pan. 

For the sauce, start with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced.  Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds - 1 minute.


Immediately add in the tomatoes.  Continue to break them up into pieces with the wooden spoon.


Add salt & pepper and cook over medium low heat until bubbly for about 5-10 minutes.  Add a handful of fresh basil. 



Serve over angel hair pasta and chicken topped with large slices of fresh mozzarella.  The heat from the sauce will melt the mozzarella cheese perfectly.

3 comments:

  1. Oh my, this looks so fresh and delicious! I am printing this recipe off. I too love pasta, make it probably a few nights a week. This keeps the Italian husband happy too!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great recipe. I love Parmesan cheese and this is such a clever way to taste all its goodness!
    I recently wrote an article on how real Parmesan cheese is made and on its nutritional value. Check it out and let me know your thoughts, I would really appreciated it!
    http://www.theironyou.com/2011/06/how-parmesan-cheese-comes-to-life.html

    Peace

    Mike @TheIronYou

    ReplyDelete
  3. Buongiorno è preparata molto bene questa pasta, ma italiana ti dico un piccolo segreto quando cucina i pelati aggiungi un cucchiaino di zucchero semolato..può sembrare strano ma toglie l'aspro naturale dei pelati, ciao un abbraccio

    ReplyDelete

m60
m33
home entertaining and ifestyle expert
pinterest
twitter
instagram
join the
contact
facebook
m63
m62
m68
The Everyday Occasions Store: IMG1667 ribbon m12 Pink Bakery boxes IMG9415 linens IMG0864 kitchen IMG0153 summer collection IMG3148 enamelware IMG0170 platter collection pastry bag roll of 100 IMG8499 m85 bread board collection LogoBlack2 m31 IMG9619 home m6 IMG8992 recipe m66 SummerIndex1
Subscribe