Everyone should know how to make an authentic chicken parmesan dish, so let’s start with a basic recipe for this traditional Italian classic. The tender breaded chicken is topped with tomato sauce seasoned with plenty of Italian herbs and melted parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. The dish pairs well with any pasta — spaghetti, rigatoni, penne, etc. — roasted vegetables and even zucchini "zoodles."
Start your prep by slicing chicken breasts to make four thin cutlets. Cut a baguette into cubes and place the pieces in a food processor to make crumbs. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet, such as the highly rated Legend cast iron skillet, which comes with a lifetime warranty. Add the bread crumbs to the skillet and stir until they get crisp. Then add the parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Transfer the blend to a bowl and add basil. With the skillet still on medium-high heat, add more olive oil and seasoned chicken and cook until the pieces are just cooked through, flipping once to achieve even browning.
Remove the chicken and add tomato puree, water, garlic, red pepper flakes and more parmesan to the skillet. Simmer on medium heat until the sauce thickens. Add more basil and season to taste with salt and pepper before returning the chicken to the skillet. Spoon sauce on each piece and create a layered topping with parmesan cheese, part of the breadcrumb mixture, mozzarella cheese and the remaining breadcrumb mixture. Place the entire skillet in the oven and broil until the cheeses melt.
For complete guidance on ingredient measurements, look for the full recipe on the Food Network website. Be sure to follow each step closely to enjoy an authentic chicken parmesan recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.