Panko crusted Mozzarella Chicken on a bed of fettuccine noodles.
I cooked! And it was good! It’s been tricky to find anything to eat because the thought of most food repulsed me (see why here). That makes it hard to maintain a food blog. But, I think I’m getting glimpses of the legendary second trimester that everyone has been telling me about. Lately I’ve been able to eat more than a few bites and have been awake enough to cook a thing or two. It’s a beautiful thing.
I was watching an episode of Pioneer Woman the other day and she made Chicken Parmigiana. It looked awesome and I decided I needed to make it, too. I made quite a few changes and realized I couldn’t called it Chicken Parmigiana considering I didn’t use any parmesan cheese. So, I give you mozzarella chicken with fettuccine. I breaded my chicken in panko because panko makes me happy. Usually I use jarred sauce but using the can of crushed tomatoes + stock was really good and not much more work. I think I’m hooked.
Mozzarella Chicken with Fettuccine
Panko crusted chicken breast topped in a homemade sauce on a bed of fettuccine noodles.
Author: Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Serves: 4 servings
- ~ 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, either thin cut or pounded thin (I butterflied 3 breasts to make 6 pieces)
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (seasoned with Montreal chicken seasoning, salt & pepper)
- 1 Tb butter
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- ¾-1 cup chicken stock
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- onion powder, to taste (a real onion is preferable, I didn't realize I didn't have one)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- ½ pound fettuccine
- fresh chopped parsley or dried
- ~ 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- In a large bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs and season however you like - I used Montreal chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Season your flattened breasts with a little salt and pepper then dredge in the seasoned panko until fully covered. Set the prepared breasts aside.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil and let it come together. Once melted and hot, add the chicken breasts (my pan only held three at a time, so I had to do two batches) and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove the finished chicken from the pan and set aside. I put them under a tin foil tent so they'd stay warm.
- In the same pan, add in the minced garlic (& onion if you have it) and scrape up all the butter/oil/panko bits. Add in ¾ cup of chicken stock and let it cook for a couple minutes until it reduces down to about half.
- Pour in the crushed tomatoes and season with the sugar, salt, and pepper. As it cooks, taste it. Mine needed a little bit more stock (about ¼ cup) and some more salt and pepper. Let the sauce cook for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the fettuccine. Drain and set aside.
- After 30 minutes, add either fresh or dried parsley to the sauce and stir.
- Take your cooked chicken breasts and lay in the sauce, topping with shredded mozzarella. Put a lid on the pot and turn the heat down to low. Leave it just long enough to melt the cheese and heat up the chicken (if yours got cold).
- Pile a bed of noodles onto a plate then top with sauce and chicken breast.
Adapted fromThe Pioneer Woman
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