CHICKEN PARMESAN WITH ROASTED PEPPER TOMATO SAUCE

Recipe courtesy of Judy's Kitchen (http://judyskitchen.blogspot.com)

Source: Chicken Breading: Judy's Kitchen

Roasted Pepper Tomato Sauce: Adapted from The Romagnolis' Table Cookbook

Rating: 10 out of 10


INGREDIENTS:

Roasted Pepper Tomato Sauce:

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 large garlic clove, grated or minced

1 hot red pepper pod, seeded (or 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper)

28-oz. can good-quality crushed tomatoes in thick puree

1 tsp. sea salt (or more, if desired)

roasted red peppers, cut in long strips (jarred are ok)

1 can (14.5 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth


In large heavy pot, saute the onion and pepper pod in the oil over medium heat till transparent, about 5 minutes. Briefly add the garlic (and ground pepper if you didn't use the pepper pod) and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove the pepper pod if you used it. Pour in the tomatoes, add salt and half of the roasted peppers. Stir in as much of the broth as you need to get the sauce to desired consistency. (We like ours thin, so I added the whole can.) Cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes; taste to adjust seasonings, adding more salt if needed. Puree the sauce, if desired. (My husband has to have smooth sauce, so I always puree.) Reserve remaining half of roasted peppers for roasting pan.


Breading: 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 egg

2 Tbsp. white wine, drinking quality

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half, pounded to even thickness (4 cutlets total)


In a disposable plate or plastic bag, combine the parsley, cheese and bread crumbs; set aside. In a flat bowl, whisk egg with wine, salt and pepper till frothy. Dip cutlets, first in egg mixture, then in breadcrumb mixture. Lay on wax paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate.


Assembly:

1. Heat oven to 375F. Set out a 9x12 baking pan and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Start a big pot of salted water on high heat for the pasta.

3. When oven is ready, pour 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil into baking pan, and spread it evenly to coat bottom. Place chicken breasts in pan, bake for 15 minutes.

4. Turn chicken over. Bake additional 5 minutes. Place pasta in pot to cook; don't forget to stir.

5. Transfer chicken to paper towels. Wipe any excess oil from pan. Ladle hot tomato sauce into pan; top with remaining pepper strips. Place chicken on top. Spoon some sauce over chicken. Bake 10 minutes. Drain pasta; return to pot; keep warm.

6. Top chicken with cheese of choice. (I used Italian 5-cheese blend, shredded). Bake till cheese melts, about 4-5 minutes.

7. Mix some of the sauce with the pasta. Serve pasta with chicken; spoon extra sauce over top.


Yield: 4 servings