Chicken Parmigiana (Aussie Cuisine)

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Chicken Parmigiana is a chicken dish based on the Italian Parmigiana, it is chicken breast covered with a tomato-based sauce and cheese. It became Australian food because it is regularly served in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Pubs. In Australia, the addition of a slice ham or bacon to make up the Parmigiana, it is typically served with salad or chips on the side.

The creamy sauce is one of the tastes of the Parmigiana that will surely suit your taste the herbs and spices added to the dish make the Parmigiana taste good also. Many of the variation globally Chicken Parmigiana made. In North America, US and Canada often serve this dish with a pasta on top and some restaurants are putting a slice of bread on the side. In UK, the Chicken Parmigiana is consisting with deep fried-chicken and bread crumbs with caramel sauce and melted cheese while in Argentina, where beefsteaks are popular there is a variation where they use chicken that is why it was one of the Chicken Parmigiana variations.

If you are looking for the mouth-watering dish that will surely suit your taste, Chicken Parmigiana should be on the menu.


Here are the ingredients:

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded thin)
Salt and pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)
4 eggs, beaten with 2tsp. water (seasoned with salt and pepper)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup vegetable oil
Tomato sauce (recipe below)
1 pound mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Tomato Sauce

2 tbs. olive oil
1 large onion (finely chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped or mashed)
2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juices(pureed)
1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch of parsley
1 Cubano chile pepper (chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste.

Direction:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Season Chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in flour and tap the chicken to remove excess flour, dip in egg and let excess drip off then dredge in bread crumbs.
Heat a pan and pour oil and let it smoke. Add the chicken breast and cook until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side) set aside with some tomato sauce on top.
Before baking, add slice of mozzarella, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Bake until the cheese melted it takes 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with parsley.

For Tomato Sauce

Heat pan, add olive oil and add onion, garlic and cook until soft. Add pureed tomato sauce, crushed tomato sauce and tomato paste. Add water (it will depend on the desired consistency), add bay leaf, pepper and bring to boil. Season to taste and reduce heat and it is done when the consistency of the sauce thickened.

Hopefully, that you can make your own dish of Chicken Parmigiana, you can add some side dish and add some kick in your menu. The dish is perfect with red wine. Happy Eating !!!
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