- prep time30 min
- total time 75 min
- serves 4
If you need some good-old comfort food, this is the ticket. A great main for a family dinner.
4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, pounded thin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
4 large eggs, beaten with 2 Tbsp water and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup vegetable oil or pure olive oil
Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh basil or parsley leaves, for garnishTomato Sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed with some kosher salt to make a paste
2 cans (28 oz) plum tomatoes and their juices, puréed in a blender
1 can (16 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch Italian parsley
1 Cubano chile pepper, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each breast in the flour and tap off excess, then dip in the egg and let excess drip off. Then dredge on both sides in the bread crumbs.
3. Divide the oil between 2 large sauté pans and heat over high heat until almost smoking. Add 2 chicken breasts to each pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and top each breast with some tomato sauce, a few slices of the mozzarella, salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of Parmesan. Bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with basil or parsley leaves.Tomato Sauce
1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add puréed tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, bay leaf, parsley, Cubano pepper, and bring to a boil. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.