Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Deconstructed Chicken Parm

3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
Salt & Pepper
Garlic salt
Garlic powder
Dried Oregano
Dried Basil
2.5 cups pasta sauce
1.5-2 cups mozzarella cheese - divided
Parmesan cheese (to taste)
3/4+ of a 5 oz bag of garlic croutons

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 13x9 dish with cooking spray.

Chop chicken into bite sized pieces. In a bowl, season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and garlic powder - just a light misting of all of them. Toss to coat. Lay chicken in a single layer at the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with oregano and basil.

Spread sauce over the top.

Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce layer. Give the ol' parmesan a few shakes to your taste.

Put croutons in a gallon ziploc bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. Be sure to leave some big chunks intact. Sprinkle them on top of the cheese layer. If you want more croutons, add more. You're the boss!

Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top - again, use another 1/2 cup if you want because (say it with me) you're the boss!

Bake for 40 minutes and let stand for five minutes before serving.

I serve with lightly sauced pasta and a big ol' salad.

I like chicken parm, but it's not my favorite unless I'm eating it during brunch at Palo on a Disney Cruise Ship. You have never tasted better chicken parm, not even from your Nonna. I promise you.

It is something I'm more apt to order out, cruise ship or not. I never make it at home because I don't feel like dealing with the mess of pounding chicken until they're thin and then egg washing them and coating them etc etc. This dish is a good at home meet in the middle. 

In closing, Haikuesday:

Tuesday surely sucks.
Worse than rat finks for mobsters.
Mangia, mangia, pal.

Come back and see me tomorrow for 18 of the 36 Life Realizations I'll be sharing with you.


  1. Sounds delish! I love chicken parm!

  2. JMJ! Waiting to run errands for you to post this blog. Looks easy and delish! Oh, fanks!
    Can't wait for tomorrow's blog!

    Carpe every diem! JMJ-half of October is over already!
    Love your MOMMA

  3. This is such a great {and easy} alternative to chicken parm!! YUM!

  4. This is such a great {and easy} alternative to chicken parm!! YUM!

  5. chicken parmesan
    (a delicious dinner treat)
    I'll make it real soon!

  6. I made a variation of this before, with the croutons, and it just didn't do it for me. I am a chicken parm purist I think.

  7. Oh, I hate all the coating and re-coating of chick parm so this is perfect! Yum!

  8. this is genius and will definitely be making an appearance in our kitchen soon!

  9. GENIUS! I like this WAY better than making it the original way... much easier! Thanks for linking up!

  10. Shut the eff up! This looks amazing and because my husband is doing low carb I can put this on pasta for me, and zucchini noodles for him. Great idea. Lol @ chicken boobs ;)

  11. Ooooooo, I have all of that stuff except the croutons (which I always call "crOW-tons" in homage to the episode of The Cosby Show when Cliff takes Rudy and her friends to a fancy restaurant. But, I digress. That shit? Will be on my kitchen table this week!!!! Thanks for posting!!!!

  12. yep. definitely trying this. looks so good.

  13. Hawkeye requests that you come cook this for her! She's now saddened to realize that her chicken chunks aren't covered in cheese.

  14. So easy that I could do it. And I might. I like cooking meat when I can just throw it in the oven.

  15. I love this idea, I think it would be easier to eat than regular chicken parm.

  16. I ALWAYS call them chicken boobs and everyone thinks I'm nuts! I think I've finally found my perfect Stephanie match - LOL!

  17. I love chicken parm- but don't love all the prep. Definitely going to try this out!

  18. ammmmmmmmmmazing. need to try this asap!

  19. Dang this looks like something I can totally manage! Nice work :)

  20. Wow. Super easy. Definitely throwing this one into the dinner mix!

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. This looks delish! No way could I be bothered with the boob pounding (take that, pervs) so I like this alternative.


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