Baked Chicken Parmesan
I love going “home” to visit my family. They live only an hour away, so I try to get there as often as I can…especially when my grandpa is cooking on Sundays. I grew up eating big Italian lunches on Sundays, waking up to smells of onions, garlic and tomatoes simmering in the kitchen. Oh…heaven. I hope to carry on the tradition of big family meals on Sundays, but my reality right now is not there just yet. I don’t always have the time to spend making sauce and meatballs, and the kids are not really at the age to appreciate the effort either. Since both sides of our family aren’t close enough to join us for meals on the weekends, it’s usually just the four of us and it’s usually something quick and easy. Big Sunday lunches are still a work in progress for us.
There is nothing more comforting than my grandpa’s cooking. Boy do I miss living doors down from my grandparents and eating with them almost everyday. One of my favorite things (it’s hard to even think of picking a favorite) that my Nonno makes is Chicken Parmesan. Everything about it perfect. The chicken is so thin and tender you can cut it with a fork, and of course there is nothing like his homemade sauce.
This is not my grandpa’s Chicken Parmesan, but it’s still good. It’s actually really good, especially for a night when you don’t have too much time to spend on dinner but are craving some Italian comfort food. It’s probably a little healthier too since I go light on the olive oil and cheese. I love adding the pine nuts into the breadcrumbs for another layer of flavor that you don’t normally get with traditional chicken parmesan. Convenience items like canned diced tomatoes and shredded cheese make this dinner something you can treat yourself to on a busy weeknight. Make it even easier on your self for next time and double the recipe (without the tomatoes) and freeze the extra baked cutlets.
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Recipe by Aggie
1.5 lbs chicken breasts, pounded
Salt and Pepper
1/2 – 3/4 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
small palm full of garlic powder
1 or 2 cans of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes (depending on how saucy you want your chicken)
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
shredded part skim Mozzarella cheese
drizzle of olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Take chicken and place between saran wrap and pound into thin cutlets, about 1/4-1/2″ thick. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a baking dish, mix together bread crumbs, chopped pine nuts, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Press chicken cutlets into bread crumb mixture until coated.
Drizzle olive oil onto baking sheet. Place coated chicken cutlets onto baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil before placing in oven. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Top with diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
Serve with sauteed vegetables for an easy and healthful dinner.
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Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories! Dinner looks fabulous!
what a wonderful post! I can almost smell the sauce cooking! The chicken parm looks delicious!
Ahhh the memories, aren’t they the best!! I too recall waking to those aromas and those Sunday feasts!!
Your chicken parm looks sooo good!!
Wow, how lucky are you to have a Grandpa that still cooks dinners! Your chicken looks great…I think Grandpa would be proud.
Yum! I love big Italian Sunday dinners. Great pine nut addition to your chicken.
Your blog is so cute, and you’ve got some really good lookin’ food on here.
What a great story, and how wonderful that your grandparents lived so close when you were growing up. This recipe looks so good, especially with those pinenuts! What a great idea to add them. It’s really pretty to look at, too! I’d say this is a mighty fine meal that qualifies to make new traditions with your family. YUM!
this sounds great. I love the pine nuts in the chicken. Chicken parmesan is definitely an italian favorite and you can never have too many recipes for it!
Aaaah Aggie, what great memories you have! Love it! I’m going to try your pine nut addition, sounds terriic!
That looks fantastic. Love the addition of the pine nuts.
Great memories! The meal looks fantastic!! I am loving the pine nuts!
Looks great! My husband, Marc, is from a big Italian family. He really wants to designate Sunday “Pasta Sunday” during the cooler weather. It’s a work in progress! Congrats to you too, on kicking Candy Corn butt!!
Aggie-how lucky that you are so close to your family! This looks like a great dinner. My family would love it. I love how you added pine nuts to the coating!
that parmesan chicken looks delicious! chicken of any kind if my favorite!
I remember waking up to those memories as well on Sunday mornings. How I cherish those times when my mother was in the kitchen doing the same. Love chicken parm!
This looks like a great recipe! I love the pine nuts.
Great post. I love the idea of adding pine nuts to the bread crumbs – yum! Great recipe Aggie.
This looks fabulous, Aggie. I love those family meals where the conversation is as good as the food. Sunday feasts are the best.
Gosh that sounds wonderful and tasty! There’s something about grandparent’s cooking…my grandma makes the best homemade rolls. Yum…
Love your post. And the pine nuts?? I am going to have to try and add those to my chicken parm next time!
It’s me again…stop my blog in a bit. I have a post going up with an award for you!
It looks wonderful! Food can bring up the most delicious memories to go along. Have a great trip.
mmmm! What a great looking dinner. It’s got all of my favorites, I’d be a very happy girl! Great story and post!
Your Chicken Parmesan looks excellent. Love the addition of the pine nuts!
An awesome post Aggie. Your chicken parms looks so fantastic, I would not have thought of adding pine nuts. Thant’s a unie addition.
Food and memories…it doesn’t get any better than that! Looks delicious!
Aggie, thank you so much for visiting my blog. This is my first time here. I love everything I see. I especially love your baked chicken parmesan. That’s the one thing my daughter ALWAYS orders at an Italian place. You can be sure I’ll be trying out your recipe. Have a great weekend.
This is a dish I’ve always felt a little intimidated by, and you present this as very simple–I’ve just printed it off and intend to try it next week. And thanks for sharing your memories with us!
whoooa that looks incredible! thanks so much for posting the recipe!!
Now that is a tasty looking meal!
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