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YIELDS:

2 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 30 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 30 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hours 0 mins

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ingredients

2 Chicken cutlets, cut thin

1 Large Egg, beaten

1/4 Cup Wondra Flour

1/4 Cup Panko

1/4 Cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs

1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, separated

Canola Oil to fry

1 Cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 Cup My Marinara Sauce (or your favorite store bought)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Spray

Fresh basil leaves & grated Parmesan to finish

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Set up a breading station by having three bowls/plates. The first has the wonder flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. The second is a bowl with the beaten egg and a tablespoon of water. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. The third should be a plate with the panko, Italian breadcrumbs and a 1/4 cup of the parmesan mixed together to bread the chicken cutlets.

3. Take your thinly cut chicken cutlets (see notes) and dredge them in the flour shaking off excess. Dip them in the egg mixture on all
sides and let excess drip off. Place in breadcrumb mix and coat on all sides. Press crumbs into chicken to be sure they stick. Put cutlets on a plate until all are prepared.  Place in the refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes to set.

4. Heat enough of the of oil in a large cast iron skillet to come up about 1/4 inch on the side of the skillet.  Heat on the stove until very hot but not smoking. Add the cutlets and fry until golden (about 3 minutes). Flip and fry on the other side until golden brown. About 2-3 minutes more. Place cooked cutlets on a paper towel lined plate to let drain. Immediately sprinkle them with salt while they are hot.

5. On a baking sheet lined with tin foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray, line up the fried cutlets. Top with a couple of tablespoons of the room temperature sauce. Sprinkle each with 1/2 – 1 tablespoon on Parmesan and top with the mozzarella.

6. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and brown in spots on top.  You can place the baking sheet under the broiler for two minutes to get that bubbling brown cheese. Serve on a platter with extra sauce on top and on the side. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve with more grated parmesan on the side. Enjoy.

NOTE: This is a classic for a reason…it is delicious. Growing up in New York City, we had some of the best Italian food, and most of it was made by my friend’s mothers, aunts, and cousins. This is a very straightforward recipe and the way I was taught to make it by a boyfriend’s Italian mom.   I’ve always made it this way and when I deviate (let’s say I bake instead of fry the cutlets), the results are good but not the same.  I’d say the only addition or change I’ve made over the years was the addition of Panko (so much crunch) and the fact that you can buy already prepared, thinly sliced chicken cutlets at the stores. Years ago, I would have to pound the regular cutlets between two pieces of plastic wrap until really thin. Now, I’m able to purchase them and that work is done for me. If you can’t find the thinly cut chicken breasts, grab that meat mallet (or rolling pin or heavy pot) and get banging.  LOL  You want the cutlets about 1/4 inch thick.

These are best made fresh, but you can prepare your cutlets in the morning and then just add the sauce and cheeses right before baking and they are still great. That will give you a big start on the meal. The same is true of my marinara sauce. Make it in advance and have it ready to go when you are. Don’t fret if you haven’t made or don’t have time to make your own sauce. A great jar of store-bought sauce works fine. My choice, like everyone else’s, is Rao’s Marinara. New York made by a well-known and established family, it is the closest most of us will ever get to eating at that famous restaurant.

Served with a side of pasta, this is a pretty traditional Italian-American-New York version of chicken parmesan.  Enjoy!

 

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