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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Chicken Parmigiana and a NEW LOOK!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken Parmigiana and a NEW LOOK!

Welcome to my "new" site! This is all the work of NW Designs, and she's just awesome.  What do you think of the new look? I love the banner the most! And "veggie girl" at the bottom of the page, as we call her, is definitely inspiring me to diet so I can look more like her!

As I posted a few days back, one of the dishes I made for Mother's Day was Chicken Parmigiana.  This is probably one of my signature dishes, along with stuffed chicken.  It's my brother's favorite, and my dad always swears that it's as good if not better than anything he'd get in a restaurant.  But my dad says that about everything I make.  He's a good dad.

And Rob? Forget it.  True story: He'll order chicken parm at just about any restaurant.  I'm talking 95% of the meals we've eaten at restaurants in the past 4 years.

Anyway, here's how I make it happen:

First thing's first: I take boneless, skinless chicken breasts and put them in in a large freezer bag, then pound the daylights out of them until they're flat.  I don't take pictures of this because, well, my hands are all gross and chickeny.  I hope you understand.

Then it's a matter of three beaten eggs (for three breasts) and a plate full of breadcrumbs.  I like to add dried parsley, basil, oregano, garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper to the breadcrumbs.

I dredge the chicken through the breadcrumbs, then dip in the eggs, then again in the breadcrumbs, making sure to pat them firmly and get a nice thick crust. 


Ooooohhh, yeeeeeeahhhh...

Meanwhile, I heat a thin layer of vegetable oil until it is shimmery and when water is flicked on it, it sizzles.  When that happens, the time is right for browning.

THAT'S what I'm talking about, right there.  That wonderful, golden color.

Sidenote: Be careful not to drop the chicken when you're flipping it over.  The oil might burn you.  Just sayin'.

The chicken only takes a minute or two on each side, and it finishes cooking in the oven, which has been preheated to 375 degrees.  I take a large pan and spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom, then place the chicken inside.

More sauce on top, and then the cheese of your choosing.  I choose mozzarella.

Tell me that doesn't look beautiful.  I dare you.

After 20 minutes in the oven, THAT happens, up there, above these words.  It's incredible, I tell ya.  You might need a little more time, depending on how thinly you pound the breasts.  But tender, and flavorful, and tasty!

Pairing it with pasta and possibly some homemade bread...well, that certainly doesn't hurt, either.




Blogger Linda said...

Love the new blog look! That recipe looks yum!

May 18, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Blogger Jo said...

Love the blog redo!!! very pretty! and the recipe looks truly yummy!

May 18, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Oh wow I love chicken Parmesan. Haven't prepared that for quite some time. Thanks for jogging my taste buds! The new design is beautiful!

May 18, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Blogger Bumpkin on a Swing said...

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May 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Blogger Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I stayed riveted to the very end, I never once wanted to scan, and comment. And honey I read alot of blogs. Jus' sayin. I think you would probably appreciate an honest opinion. I can't wait to make this, step by step, great job. Kudos

May 18, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Blogger chele said...

Visiting from SITS. This is one of my favorite recipes! Looks delish

May 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Blogger Alecia said...

LOVING the new look!!! And YES the veggie girl down @ the bottom adds the finishing touch!!!!!
And now I'll be off to the store to make this receipe!!!! YUM YUM

May 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Blogger GardenofDaisies said...

Jen, your chicken parmigiana looks wonderful! I want to make this for dinner this week! As does your new blog design!! I have thought about doing a blog design for mine one of these days.

May 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the new design Jen! The buttons on the top look great and how can you go wrong with such a cute pink and yellow banner. Looks really professional :)

May 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Blogger Genevieve Le Bel said...

New to you and LOVE the look of your blog! Your cartoon is so cute!!! Totally craving chicken parm now! GREAT!!! You have a new follower! Hope you'll come say hi! =)

May 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Thanks, everyone, for your kind thoughts on the new look! I'm really happy with it, especially with the banner. Still playing around a bit with sidebar stuff on my own - I hate when it feels too "cluttered".

May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Genevieve - already a follower of yours! :-)

May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Blogger ham1299 said...

Funny, I've just been considering hiring her to redesign my new Proud Book Nerd site ...

Anyway, she did a great job! Your blog looks AWESOME!

May 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Blogger Eclipsed said...

Stopping by from SITS

Looks delish. Chicken parm is my favorite. Using smoked fresh mozzarella is a great twist on it.

May 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Blogger I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi MrsJenB!

Greetings from Malaysia again! Just want to say thank you for dropping by my blog on my SITS day. You can read the aftermath of my whole day SITting episode at this link:

Thank you again and hope to see you back here sometime! :D

Warmest Regards,
Jenny aka I'm a full-time mummy

Btw, love your blog design!

May 20, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Blogger Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This really looks great, would love to have some now!

May 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Anonymous April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your chicken parm looks very, very delicious! I'm thinking it might be nice for dinner tonight :)

May 21, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Blogger ButterYum said...

Yep, it doesn't get much better than this!

Great new design!!


May 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Anonymous Lindsay said...

Love the new look and the chicken looks amazing!

May 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

Come on over and pick up an award.

May 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Blogger Real Life Reslers said...

I love this new blog look! Everything looks great!

June 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM


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