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Barefoot Contessa's Parmesan Chicken (Serves 6)

  • 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • Unsalted butter
  • Good olive oil

Step One:  Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

Step Two:  Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate. 

Step Three:  On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. 

Step Four:   On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. 

Step Five:  Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.

Step Six:   Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts. 

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