Friday, November 4, 2011
Use Leftovers: Chicken Parmesan
Parker claimed to be extremely hungry (and he probably was), and he convinced me to make an entire box of spaghetti noodles.
We ate a lot, but not THAT much!
So, what was I going to do with the extra noodles and sauce? Make Chicken Parmesan!
I've always loved this dish, but this was the first time I made it myself. I used this recipe as a base, but I don't like measuring, so I did it my own way in the end :)
First, I skinned and boned my chicken thighs (which I got on sale at the grocery store! yes!)--it took a long time, but it was worth it not to pick out bones as we ate.
Then, I took a zip-top sandwich bag and mixed flour, oregano, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese inside (zip it and shake--so fun!). I put a thigh in the bag and coated it with the mixture. This method is the easiest way of coating, I think--just zip and shake!
The breaded thighs went into a skillet with some hot oil and browned up nicely :)
While those were cooking, I put half of my leftover spaghetti sauce into the casserole dish.
I had to add some water to my sauce, because I usually make it really thick, but the recipe needs more sauce than I had left. It worked.
Then I put the crispy thighs on top of the sauce.
Then, into the oven for a while!
While the chicken parm was baking, I made garlic bread!
I sliced it and but it on the broiler pan.
For the topping, I mixed Italian spices (basil, oregano, and rosemary) into oil (butter works too), and spread it on top. Then I sprinkled it with garlic salt and broiled!
And, presto! The chicken Parmesan was done, too!
I served this over warm spaghetti noodles, with green beans on the side.
Of course, I spooned extra sauce on top. Gotta use all that sauce!
This was sooooo yummy!!! I haven't had that many food-related compliments from Parker in a long time. I feel quite accomplished :)