The New Chicken Parmigiana

This is the best rendition of chicken parm that I have ever had.

Another genius recipe from Rozanne Gold's Radically Simple cookbook. This recipe is on par with that oh so popular panko crusted cod over frozen peas.

Instead of breading and frying the cutlets, we are baking them with Parmesan cheese.
No heavy tomato sauce, but roasted cherry tomatoes instead.

The recipe calls for fresh mozzarella (the kind packed in water), I used smoked for an even better flavor and garnished with fresh basil leaves. I also added a splash of balsamic at the end for a nice finish.

It looks pretty and tastes even better than it looks.

I served this over broccoli rabe and this recipe was another winner.

The New Chicken Parm (adapted from Rozanne Gold):

Garlic oil:

1/4 cup of olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press
a few shakes of red pepper flakes
kosher salt & pepper
a dash of dried oregano

4 boneless chicken breasts (if they are thick, pound them to flatten)
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices of fresh mozzarella (I used smoked mozz)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes (I mixed red & yellow)
splash of balsamic vinegar
handful of fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade (rolled & sliced thinly)

It's pretty simple. Everything will be cooked on one baking pan.

Make the garlic olive oil in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Lay your cherry tomatoes on the baking sheet and push to one side. Drizzle a tablespoon of the garlic oil on the tomatoes and shake the pan to coat them.

Dredge each chicken breast in the garlic oil and then coat only one side of each breast with the parmesan cheese. Season with kosher salt & pepper and lay on the baking sheet next to the tomatoes.

In a 500F oven bake the chicken breasts along with the tomatoes for 10 minutes (the tomatoes will be blistering and the chicken will really cook this quickly!).

After 10 minutes is up, pull the pan out of the oven and lay the fresh mozzarella slices overlapping the chicken and put back in the oven about 3 minutes to melt.

Plate the chicken breasts with the melted cheese and pour the roasted cherry tomato sauce on top. Splash with balsamic vinegar and garnish with the basil leaves.

This was radically simple, and radically delicious!



Unknown said…
Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm - looks unbelievable! What a fabulous but simple recipe, I will be trying this soon! Thanks.
The JR said…
Of course that looks fantastic. And I like that it got a high review.
Stacey, Stacey, Stacey, is there no end to your culinary talent? I just finished reading the last four recipes; each and every one a gem.
Anonymous said…
RG's amazing, more alchemist than cook! Simmer down Princessa di Pie, you get props for the smoked mozz & balsamic splash - great additions. Did you have to disarm your smoke detector during this operation. Feeling HOT HOT HOT!
Linda said…
Looks yummy! Id give that a try!
Joanne said…
Between the smoked mozzarella and the broccoli rabe (both of which I haven't had in WAY too long) I really don't know what to do with myself...other than get me to a store to pick up these ingredients!
lisa faley said…
OMG!! Mouth watering!
Thanks for the great idea!!
I'll take this radically simple method over the heavy breaded version any time!
bigpilot said…
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bigpilot said…
I'm making this tonight. I will post about how it came out. I find it odd that for every recipe on the site I only see posts like "That looks yummy" or "Oh so tempting". Is anyone but me actually cooking any of these recipes?

Just curious, no offense meant.
Steven Dunn said…
I have never made chicken parmesan, mostly because I DETEST the standard version, drowning in melted cheese and an insipid marinara. Now this, this I will TOTALLY make, it looks FABULOUS! - S