Buon giorno! It’s Chicken Parmesan aka Chicken Parmigiana we’ll be having today at Healthy Kitchen 101.
I have to say at the beginning that this dish belongs to the heavier side of the nutrient spectrum. Not that it’s particularly large. It’s just rare that we got something that offers more than 400 calories in one serving.
Don’t worry just yet. Most of the calories come from fat not carbs – you see, it’s cheese and chicken we’re talking about. In fact, each serving of this only offers less than 25g of carbs, giving it a good rank in the LCHF food list. And better yet, the dish is high in protein. A long term sweetheart to the low carb fans, I tell you.
Above all, this chicken parmesan is delicious. As in, naughtily delicious.
Did I say it has chicken and cheese? Salty melting parmesan and provolone and mozzarella right out of the oven it is. And then the crispy bread crumbs. And then the sharp tarty tomato sauce to act as a trigger on your tastebuds.
WHAT DOES CHICKEN PARMESAN TASTE LIKE? HEAVEN.
I mean, look at this. The real Chicken Parmesan. No makeup. No filter.
Wait, it looks just like chicken parmigiana!
Chicken parmesan vs. chicken parmigiana
A chicken parmesan served at an American restaurant is both a chicken parmigiana and is not at the same time. That is, until you determine the state of the cheese used for the making of it.
The lame Schrödinger joke aside, there is a difference and yes, it has everything to do with the formaggio: whether it’s Parmigiano Reggiano or another parmesan cheese.
Parmigiano Reggiano is a kind of cheese made in Italy. The cheese has to meet strict criteria in terms of age, origin (apparently, Italy isn’t particular enough!), down to what the cows eat. The real, authentic chicken parmigiana should be made with this cheese.
The Parmesan is originally an English translation of Parmigiano. The thing is many brands of parmesan cheese do not have their cheese made in Italy following the same recipe, though the taste and the quality might not necessarily be inferior to the Italian Parmigiano. So in many cases, chicken parmesan can be considered a hybrid version of the chicken parmigiana.
The duration depends heavily on how much chicken you’re making. With 2 chicken breast halves, the baking takes about 20 minutes given that the oven is preheated to about 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
If you’re the type who doesn’t believe in exact timing, check the chicken and take it out when the cheese has become brown. Cut it out to make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked and is no longer pink in the inside.
prep 25 mins
cook 20 mins
total 45 mins
yield 2 servings
Okay, here comes the details on how to actually make chicken parmesan.
Don’t be frustrated at the ingredients. The list may look a bit overwhelming but they’re actually pretty easy to find in any random supermarket. Or convenient store even.