Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This casserole gives you the same flavor as the traditional chicken Parmesan dish. Same but different! That’s fun, right? It’s really easy and super good and the leftovers are great. Casseroles are always welcome here because we can eat from them a couple of times and IT Guy can take them to work for his lunch. He’s not picky about leftovers and I’m thankful for that! So if you’re on the hunt for an easy casserole for YOUR gang, try this!

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
2 large chicken breasts ~ pounded thin
1 23-ounce jar pasta sauce
1 small onion ~ chopped
2 cloves garlic ~ minced
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs ~ beaten
2 - 3 cups dry pasta (rotini, penne, etc) ~ cooked and drained
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Oil for frying ~ about 1 cup
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine bread crumbs with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
In three separate shallow dishes place the eggs, flour and seasoned bread crumbs.
Dip each chicken breast in the flour, then in the beaten egg then the seasoned bread crumbs.
Fry each chicken breast on each side in medium-hot oil until almost done. Drain on paper towel. Set aside.
Pour almost all the oil from the pan and saute the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes.
Cut chicken breasts into large bit sized pieces.
Combine the cut up chicken, sauted onion & garlic, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, cooked pasta and pasta sauce in a large bowl.
Pour into the prepared pan and cover with foil. Cook for 30 minutes.
Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake another 5 minutes until cheese has melted.

Here we go!

Pound the chicken thin, then dip in the flour, then the egg then the seasoned bread crumbs.

Fry 'em up!

Saute the onion and garlic.

Cut the cooked chicken then combine it with the onion/garlic, cooked noodles and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Pour the pasta sauce over the chicken mixture.

Spread the mixture into your prepared pan, cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove foil then sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake another 5 - 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Here you go...all yummy for you!


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