Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chicken Parm Bake

So, I pinned this recipe a few days ago on Pinterest from Food Wishes Video Recipes. It looked so good and not too difficult to make. I tackled it tonight with very yummy results. Basically, I think it tasted better than fried (extra bad for you) Chicken Parmesan.

So here's what you need to try it for yourself:
2 lbs. Chicken breast
2 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 cloves crushed garlic
a couple shakes of crushed red pepper
2 cups marinara sauce (whatever brand you prefer)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 -1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
5 oz. bag garlic croutons

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass pan with olive oil, stir around garlic and red pepper so that it is evenly distributed. Then lay the chicken breasts in the pan. I used 3 really big chicken breasts, so I cut them in half and even pounded them down a little so they were a bit thinner.

Next, pour about 2 cups of marinara sauce over the chicken. I don't measure exactly, but I'm sure it was around 2 cups. You can always add more or less according to your preferences. (You can also add more after you cook it if you want more.) After this, scatter about half of the cheese on top of the sauce. Then, here is the secret, spread around the garlic croutons. This is like the breading on the chicken parm. It's awesome because some of the croutons soak up the sauce and then the tops get really crispy when it's baking. Last, scatter the rest of the cheese over the croutons.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. The top will be golden and the sauce will be bubbly when you take it out of the oven.

Delish! My husband said that I can definitely make this again, so I know it's a winner. It will definitely be added to the dinner rotation. Pinterest project #1= success!

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