A Squared: What's For Dinner Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Parm For Two

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Parm For Two

Valentine's Day is now just two days away... have you made plans yet?

We don't have an major plans, just a low key date night out. It's something a little special for us since we so often stay in and make dinner at home together. However, if you're not someone that cooks that I often I think that making dinner for your valentine can be a super sweet gesture! Want to give it a try this year? I have a recipe for you!

This Skillet Chicken Parm for Two is a delicious meal that will definitely impress your other half-- and it is actually a very simple meal to put together. It's Italian-American comfort food at its best and is also approved and frequently requested by my husband, so it has to be good. This version of the recipe takes the more complicated recipe and simplifies it so it is easy to make, takes considerably less time, and makes a perfect for a romantic dinner for two at home.

Lightly breaded chicken breasts are sauteed until crispy, simmered in marinara sauce, smothered in melty mozzarella cheese, and then served over a bed of pasta. Need I say more?

So, impress your valentine this year by grabbing a bottle of wine and trying your hand in the kitchen. It's the thought and the effort that count, but this delicious dinner will score some major points too!


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. dry Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated (divided)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts *I prefer thinly sliced or Perdue Perfect Portions for this recipe
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups marinara sauce *Use prepared sauce or try my recipe!
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • Pasta, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange three shallow bowls in a row on your work surface. In the first bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. In the second, add the egg and beat well. In the third bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan.

Dredge the chicken breast in the flour mixture and make sure that both sides are evenly coated. Shake off any excess flour and then dip the chicken breast in the beaten egg until totally coated. Allow any excess egg to drip off the chicken and then finish by dipping in the breadcrumb and Parmesan mixture. Turn the chicken in the breadcrumbs several time until well coated. Transfer to a plate and then repeat with the second chicken breast.

Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or other oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Once oil is heated through, add both chicken breasts to the pan and cook until totally browned-- about 4-5 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to medium low and pour in marinara sauce. Simmer at medium low for about 8 minutes and remove from heat.

Sprinkle remaining Parmesan and the mozzarella evenly over the top of the skillet and place in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is brown and bubbly and the chicken is cooked through.

Plate each chicken breast and with the marinara pan sauce over hot cooked pasta on the side.

Love chicken parm? Give this Roasted Chicken Parm Pasta Bake a try!

Looking for another fun Valentine's Day pasta recipe? How about Heart Shaped Mushroom Ricotta Ravioli in a Sherry Cream Sauce?

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