Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shortcut Chicken Parmesan

Today I am sharing one of my family's all-time favorites - Shortcut Chicken Parmesan! I have been making this deliciously simple meal for years and it's often requested and on our menu for Christmas Eve dinner. What I love most, it tastes like restaurant quality without all the mess and fuss.  


My first time making this recipe was out of necessity. I was looking for a way to make the chicken crispy for chicken parmesan without eggs for my daughter with a severe egg allergy. The recipe I had been making for decades called for dipping the chicken in eggs and all the other recipes I tried without eggs just didn't meet my standards for taste. Then one day I decided to try a frozen bag of Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips (egg free). They were awesome! Since that day, this is the only way I make chicken parmesan. I can't beat how quick and easy it is to make...and it's so delicious.   


The dinner is so simple to make, it only calls for 5 ingredients. We always top it with fresh grated parmesan cheese which is not pictured in the photo above. 


If you have a favorite homemade recipe for spaghetti sauce, use that instead of store bought.


Shortcut Chicken Parmesan 

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Ingredients
  • 1 bag Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips (25 ounce bag)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) of your favorite spaghetti sauce - or use homemade
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella or sliced mozzarella - fresh mozzarella is wonderful
  • 1 pound pasta (spaghetti or angel hair pasta) - cook according to box
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Directions
Prepare pasta according to box and bake chicken according to bag, using a cookie/baking sheet covered with foil. While chicken and pasta are cooking, heat spaghetti sauce in a pan. When chicken is ready, remove and top evenly with mozzarella and return to oven and bake for a few additional minutes, until cheese has melted and starts to bubble. Remove and serve chicken over pasta and spoon spaghetti sauce on top.  Serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese (optional). This is great served with freshly made garlic bread and salad.  

Tip
The bag of chicken strips feeds my family of four. I always have leftover pasta when I make a 1 pound box. If you do not want left over pasta, you can reduce the amount you make. The 24 ounce jar of sauce is always the perfect amount. 

Sharing this recipe at Weekend Potluck

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