Chicken Parmesan French Breads

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New weeknight favorite. Right here. Right now. I have my hands on your shoulders and I’m looking you square in the eye and making you extremely uncomfortable.

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But first, could we talk about how jank my parmesan shavings are? They look like hair clippies. Barrettes. I opened a brand new block of cheese and you know how they sometimes come in triangle form? Well, these shavings are from the triangle tip part. And I even tried to angle it a bit to get more cheese and that “rustic shaving” look, but was scared I was going to shave all of my knuckles off. And I didn’t want any blood to get on the food, right? But there’s so much tomato sauce you might not even tell. But I’m actually out of regular Band-aids right now (the only ones I have are shaped like men’s underwear and they barely stay on. such problems!) so I kept the shavings more like clippies.

Wait, where are you going?

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If you’re not convinced yet that this is going to be your most favoritest ever new weeknight meal, perhaps you should peep the next photo.

And the one above, but you’ve already looked at that one. Which is just pounded out and seared chicken, but still. It’s all seasoned with dried thyme and oregano. And it’s not TOO much meat, ya know? Just a nice thin slice of – wait, what’s it called when you do this? When you pound it out and sear it? Scalpo, scappo – hold on. I’m gonna ask Dr. Google.

Scallopini!

Which makes me wonder, can you scallopini scallops? That sounds horribly sad and wrong.

Anyway, the reason people scallopini meat cutlets is to leave more room for bread and cheese. But that’s obvious.

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Pound, season, sear, simmer, broil, toast and shove all four into your head-hole before anyone notices.

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Ridiculous.

Chicken Parmesan French Breads:

What it took for 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 chicken cutlets, sliced in half and pounded out thinly (making 4 thin chicken pieces)
* 1 tsp dried thyme
* 1 tsp dried oregano
* 1 (1 pound) jar favorite marinara sauce
* 2 cups shredded mozzarella
* 1 french baguette, sliced lengthwise and into 4 pieces, toasted
* 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
* 1/2 cup panko
* 1 Tbs. butter, melted
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* fresh parmesan shavings, for garnish

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in the pan. Season with half the thyme and oregano. Sear for 4 minutes. Flip, season with remaining thyme and oregano and sear an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until you get some nice light browning.

Add the pasta sauce, partially cover and simmer on medium-low for about 7 minutes, or until it thickens a bit.

Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella over each chicken piece.

Slide the pan into the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.

Also, in a separate little bowl, mix together the butter, panko, a pinch of salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the panko on top of the cheese and slide back under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the panko is golden brown.

Carefully slide each tomato-y cheesy chicken piece onto a toasted French bread.

Dollop with more tomato sauce if ya want!

Garnish with parsley and omg.

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I guess you’d like me to remove my hands from your shoulders about now, huh?

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46 Responses to Chicken Parmesan French Breads

  1. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray October 7, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    holy heck do these look amazing!!!! I could probably eat like 6 and be okay… :) Love this recipe Bev!

  2. Ali @ Inspiralized October 7, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    What a classy dinner, I love this! I’m totally making this for my boyfriend for a date night soon :)

  3. Carrian October 7, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    These look so good! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. Jenny Flake October 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Now this is one gorgeous dinner! Love Love LOVE! xoxo

  5. Lail | With A Spin October 7, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Love this recipe, Bev. I’m surely making this very soon.

  6. Laurie {Simply Scratch} October 7, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    This is genius!

  7. Cookbook Queen October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    You are a dinner ninja!!!!

  8. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 7, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Yummmmy!! I almost shaved off my knuckles the other day grating/shaving cheese–these types of situations happen far too often ;)

  9. marla October 7, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Sure! I’m so down with this ;)

  10. DeLallo Foods October 7, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Love the recipe–looks delicious!

  11. Rachel October 7, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    These look amazing, and I totally don’t think your cheese shavings look janky!

  12. Courtney @ Neighborfood October 7, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Uhhh yah, I’ll take that ENTIRE pan. And I don’t really care what the Parmesan shavings look like as long as they’re plentiful. :)

  13. Marie @ Little Kitchie October 7, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    OMG OMG OMG!

  14. GingerMae October 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I read this entire recipe wondering where the ‘braid’ comes in. After rereading I realized it says bread, not braid!

  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 7, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Such a fun twist!

  16. Tieghan October 7, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I am so down this! Perfect weeknight dinner!

  17. Samantha @FerraroKitchen October 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    This is my kinda food. Easy, comforting and always good!

  18. kelly @ livelovepasta.com October 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    oh em gee..I have to try. Also, why didn’t I think of this!?!?!

  19. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I’m sorry. I can’t get past those awful shavings….

    SAID NO ONE EVER. I want 50 of these in my face.

  20. Kara October 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    This is such a good idea!

  21. Johanna October 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    These look so good! Can’t wait to try!

    J x

  22. Mary-Clay @ Cooking With The King October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Those look beautiful! Put anything on a slice of bread and you can call it fabulous, in my book. I’m bruschetta’s BFF.

  23. Ruthy @ Omeletta October 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Hair clippie, jank-looking parmesan shavings or not, these look un-freaking-believable. Like I need more excuses to fit cheese into my dinner!

  24. Rachel @thedessertchronicles October 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    the pictures alone make me drool, but you have definitely convinced me. Thanks for deciding what I’m making for dinner tomorrow night!

  25. Sues October 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Yum yum yum yum yum. That is all.

  26. aida mollenkamp October 8, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    How many of these am I allowed to eat in one sitting?

  27. Shaina October 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Give it to me.

  28. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste October 9, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    If you gave me a plate of this right now at 9:14 a.m. I would eat the ENTIRE THING. #nom

  29. dishing up the dirt October 9, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    delicious!

  30. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness October 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Wait, what?! I can eat something so fancy schmancy on a week night! Count me in! These look soooo good. My “head-hole” wants them right.now.

  31. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion October 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    awesome quick and delish!!! you rock lady!

  32. Paula - bell'alimento October 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Oh my GOSH I hate the triangle tip of the parm! I usually end up cutting that portion off you know for safety reasons and all (not that I’ve ever grated my finger tip or anything) Sigh.But this I would risk it for!

  33. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamilly October 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Aww dang! Can’t believe I never thought of this! ;} What a perfect weeknight dinner. OXOX

  34. Nutmeg Nanny October 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh goodness, my husband will just adore this recipe :) I am dying to try this out!!!

  35. Shelly (Cookies and Cups) October 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Love this! It looks so good, this should happen in my house asap =)

  36. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Oh My – These sound like the best weeknight dinner ever! I’m so so hungry now… they look awesome, I need them! x

  37. Audra | The Baker Chick October 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    This sounds amazing- I am putting it on this week’s menu! I’m always on the hunt for easy weeknight dinners :)

  38. Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    These would be so tasty! What a great idea!

  39. Jessica L. October 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Just made this for my boyfriend for dinner tonight. Omg. So so good and so freaking easy. I think it was on the table in less than 20 minutes. You freaking rock, lady.

  40. Thanh @ eat, little bird October 27, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    What a lovely twist on a classic dish! I love chicken parmigiana and this sounds like a comforting meal to make on a cool, wintry evening.

  41. Sarah Macon February 11, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    We made this last night and OMG. Seriously.

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