fricken’ good chicken parmigiana

my husband is a picky eater.  i love mexican and indian spicy food but he won’t eat spice.  i love japanese food, he doesn’t.  most of the time we eat italian because he likes lasagne and spaghetti bolognese and meatballs.   i am desperate to get him eating more adventurously and healthily because i love nothing more than to make a home-cooked meal.  i decided to start him off with chicken parmigiana.  i know he likes it in restaurants but i’d never made if before.  i used the recipe from bill granger’s “bill’s basics” books.

heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a sauce pan, cook for a few seconds, add  400g can chopped tomatoes, 1tsp sugar, 1tsp salt and simmer for 15 mins.  remove from heat and add a handful of fresh basil leaves torn up. 

heat 1 tbsp olive oil on a high heat and cook 4 chicken breasts for 2 mins on each side, transfer to baking dish.  pour sauce over chicken and top with 100g torn up mozzarella and 50g fresh grated parmesan.  cook in oven at 180 for 20-25 minutes. 

serve with pasta, green salad, garlic bread, crusty bread – whatever you want!
(this photo doesn’t do it justice)

well it turned out really well, the only thing i would amend next time is that I would add 2 cans of chopped tomatoes to make more sauce.  my husband likes a lot of sauce and it wasn’t quite enough.  we are having the rest of it today as leftovers.  he LOVED it.  it will definitely go into rotation for our weekly meals.

bon appétit! 


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