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NFL Week 12 Menu: Chicken Parm, Perfected

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So my friends John and Theresa told me they had stumbled onto the perfect Chicken Parmigiana recipe. It was, of course, completely by accident. I guess Theresa put the chicken parm in the oven and left to go pick John up after work. Well because of some travel snafu, she ended up being out of the house for an hour. They assumed the chicken parm would be ruined but gave it a try nonetheless. Turns out it was the best one they ever had.

I’ve been playing around with a combination of their method and my own. I have to say, it is pretty good. Don’t know if it will be perfect for everyone but it is darn good to us.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat some good olive oil in a large pan. Take two to four boneless chicken breasts and pound them out, super thin to about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. Then take a half cup of flour and season it well. Dredge the breasts in the flour, into an egg wash, then into well seasoned bread crumbs. Brown them in the hot oil until they’re really nice and browned.


Take a baking dish and spray with cooking spray, then cover the bottom with tomato sauce. The longer you’re going to keep the chicken in the oven, the more sauce you should put in otherwise it will burn. Put the browned chicken on the sauce, then spread some sauce over the chicken. Cover/seal the pan with foil. Put into the oven. I like to keep it in the oven for about forty minutes.


Then I take it out, grate some Parmesan cheese on top, cover with mozzarella, put some more sauce over the cheese but make sure you don’t put too much sauce over the top. After about ten or fifteen minutes, the cheese will be bubbly and the parm will be perfect.

I think the secret to this is that when you keep the chicken in the oven this long, the sauce fuses onto the browned chicken crust. It also seems to really tenderize the chicken all the way through. It’s awesome, at least to us.

Can’t believe the Giants are actually 10-1. They’re actually playing up to the hype, which is very unlike them. Now comes the killer stretch: at Redskins, Philly, at Cowboys, Carolina and finish at the Vikings. That’s a brutal way to finish the season.

I’ve got a 16 point fantasy football lead going into tonight. I’ve got Drew Brees and the other guy has the Green Bay defense – a good matchup. One’s going to get the better of the other.

Written by the bee dub

November 24, 2008 at 9:37 am

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  1. Not sure if you caught it, but my favorite football moment by far this weekend was hearing Al Michaels read the Wendy’s tagline (“It’s better than fast food, it’s Wendy’s”) like the utter BS that it is. With the disgust just dripping off his voice, he might as well have been saying, “It’s better than filet mignon, it’s dog poop.” High comedy…


    November 24, 2008 at 11:33 am

  2. That’s almost as good as the time I heard Jim Lampley read the old tagline for Miller High Life, “Miller High Life. Because there’s nothing wrong with being a man, nothing at all.”


    November 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  3. Fantasy Football’s Week 12 is crunch time. ESPN leagues have two weeks left in the season—others have three weeks. The final push is here and hopefully you are still in the hunt for a playoff berth…

    fantasy football week 12

    December 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm

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