Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Easy Chicken Parmesan-A Perfect Freezer Dinner

Chicken Parmesan is a favorite dinner in the Just One Donna house.  It's also a favorite restaurant menu choice.

I like to keep Chicken Parmesan prepared in my freezer for those busy weeknights when we might be tempted to head to a restaurant instead of eating at home. That way, we'll have a delicious dinner all ready to go into the oven and save money to boot.  What's not to like about that?

A Make-Ahead, Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Busy Families

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Chicken Parmesan for Dinner
Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Dinner

This Chicken Parmesan recipe is made with everyday ingredients in the spirit of semi-homemade. You may already have the ingredients you need in your pantry.  That makes this an easy recipe for any mom or dad to prepare in advance for those busy weeknight dinners.

Make a double batch and you'll have a baked Chicken Parmesan dinner for tonight and another one for the freezer.

I like to use ceramic or glass dishes when I freeze my chicken Parmesan. Pie plates work really well, as long as you won't be needing them for baking pies.
Quick and Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Serves 4
Chicken Parmesan Ingredients
Chicken Parmesan Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounded 1/4 inch thin
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar prepared Italian tomato sauce or your favorite homemade sauce

Pound the chicken breasts between double pieces of plastic wrap.  Pound using the flat side of a metal meat mallet.  Cut each breast in half and set aside.

Pounded chicken breasts for chicken Parmesan
Pound the Chicken Breasts
Break the egg into a pie plate.  Add the water, salt, and pepper and mix to combine.  Place the chicken breasts in the egg mixture to coat.

Egg and water mixture.
Mix an Egg with Water
On a plate, mix together the Italian seasoned bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and the grated cheeses.

I like a 50/50 mix of bread crumbs and cheese.  You may want to adjust the mixture.  Using one hand, coat both sides of each piece of chicken in the bread crumb mixture.

How to coat a chicken breast with bread crumbs.
Coat the Chicken with Breading
Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan, over medium-high heat.  Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the breaded chicken breasts.

Cook until one side is browned.  Turn the chicken and continue cooking until golden brown.

Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.

Browning the chicken breasts for chicken Parmesan
Brown the Chicken in Oil
Coat the bottom of a baking dish with the prepared tomato sauce.  Add the breaded chicken breasts.

Breaded chicken cutlets.
Place Chicken in Baking Dish

Top each breast with additional sauce and the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Cover first with a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to cook.

Chicken Parmesan
Top with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  If you use a high-quality plastic wrap you don't need to remove the plastic wrap.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until bubbly and heated through.  Serve with your favorite pasta and a green salad.

Chicken Parmesan in the baking dish.
Baked Chicken Parmesan Ready to Serve
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