Chicken Parmigiana

chicken parmigiana

 

Parmesan coated chicken breasts are baked in a tomato and basil sauce covered with mozzarella. They are served with tagliatelle tossed in chopped parsley and garlic butter and sautéed courgettes/zucchini.

 

Chicken Parmigiana
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the parmigiana
  • For the tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g tin chopped/diced Italian tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée/paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, shredded
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the chicken
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan, finely grated (¼ cup)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (3 tbsp)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 8 thin slices mozzarella cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • fresh basil sprigs to garnish

  • For the tagliatelle
  • 8 tagliatelle nests
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2–3 tbsp fresh flat-leaf/Italian parsley, chopped


  • To serve
  • 2 courgettes/zucchini cut into 1.25cm (½ inch) slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • You will also need an ovenproof dish large enough to take the four chicken breasts in a single layer


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400°F/gas mark 6

  3. For the parmigiana
  4. Put the olive oil and garlic into a pan over a medium-low heat and, as soon as the oil starts to sizzle, stir in the tomatoes and tomato purée. Simmer gently for 10 minutes to thicken the sauce a little. Remove from the heat and add the shredded basil leaves. Season.

  5. Meanwhile, measure the flour into a plastic bag and season. Then add half the grated Parmesan and shake to mix. Spread out onto a large plate.

  6. Tip the egg into a shallow dish.

  7. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg, shaking off any excess egg while lifting them from the dish. Then coat with the flour and cheese mixture.

  8. Melt the butter in a large frying pan/skillet and add the chicken pieces to the pan. Cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side until they are lightly golden in colour. Transfer to the ovenproof dish and pour the tomato sauce around the chicken.

  9. Lay two slices of mozzarella on top of each chicken breast then sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan.

  10. Cover the dish loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned.


  11. For the tagliatelle
  12. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook for the length of time directed on the packet.

  13. While it is cooking mix the butter with the garlic and chopped parsley.

  14. Drain the tagliatelle, return to the pan with the parsley butter and toss together.


  15. For the courgettes/zucchini
  16. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the the courgettes /zucchini and toss in the oil. Sauté for 3–5 minutes turning frequently until cooked through and beginning to colour.


  17. To serve
  18. Lift the chicken breasts from the pan onto four serving plates and spoon the tomato sauce around. Garnish the chicken with the basil sprigs.

  19. Serve with the tagliatelle and courgettes/zucchini.

Updated: April 15, 2018

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

 

These tasty nutmeg seasoned meatballs are cooked in a creamy, wholegrain mustard sauce and served with tagliatelle.

 

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 1 hour (oven)

  • Ingredients
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 2 eggs, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.), beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 600ml (20 fl oz) chicken stock (2½ cups)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) crème frâiche (1¼ cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch

  • To serve
  • serve with tagliatelle and a green salad

  • You will also need a large frying pan/skillet and a deep sided casserole dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)

  3. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rough pieces. Place in a bowl and moisten with the milk. Mix with a fork to break up into crumbs.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together the soaked breadcrumbs, onion, lamb, eggs, seasoning, and nutmeg until thoroughly combined.

  5. Shape into 32 meatballs, using wet fingers. Just keep a small bowl of water nearby. (Fingers dipped in flour will just become sticky.) Place them on a plate, cover, and chill for 1 hour to firm up.

  6. Heat half the butter in the pan/skillet over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add half the meatballs. Shake them in the pan to keep them moving and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer them to the casserole dish using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining meatballs, adding extra butter if needed.

  7. Pour the stock into the panskillet. Bring to the boil, scraping off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Then stir in the mustard. Pour over the meatballs. Cover the dish with foil and cook above the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.

  8. Mix the crème frâiche and cornflour/cornstarch together in a bowl, then stir into the casserole until well blended. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, uncovered, until bubbling. The sauce will become thick.

  9. Serve over tagliatelle, and a salad on the side.

Updated: April 14, 2018

Chicken and Mixed Cheese Bake

Chicken and Mixed Cheese Bake

 

This chicken and mixed cheese bake is made with bite-sized pieces of chicken, strips of bacon and mushrooms, sautéed and then baked in a mixed cheese sauce with a grated Parmesan and breadcrumb topping. A very simple dish that tastes really good.

 

Chicken and Mixed Cheese Bake
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 115g (4 oz) streaky bacon/side bacon – 4 rashers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 115g (4 oz) button mushrooms (about 6)
  • 1 x 350g tub fresh three cheese sauce, OR
  • 1 x 410g jar four-cheese pasta sauce
  • 1 rounded tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 rounded tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • To serve
  • tagliatelle

  • You will also need a large gratin dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  3. Cut the bacon into thin strips. Then heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet and add the bacon. Cook over a medium heat until the bacon starts to crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  4. Next, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and put in the pan in a single layer. Brown all over, adding a little extra olive oil if needed. This may need to be done 2 batches. Remove from the pan and set aside with the bacon.

  5. Then put the mushrooms in the pan and sauté over a low heat for 2 minutes, turning occasionally.

  6. Finally, pour in the sauce and heat through.

  7. Return the chicken and bacon to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Season and transfer to a gratin dish.

  8. Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and scatter over the chicken mixture.

  9. Bake near the top of the oven for 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce is bubbling.

  10. Serve with tagliatelle.

Updated: March 22, 2018