ina gartens chicken parmesan

This is one of those decadently delicious recipes that everyone will enjoy.  I mean who doesn’t want a succulent piece of chicken smothered in herbs, crumbs and Parmesan cheese that is fried in olive oil and butter until golden brown.

It is also very quick and easy to make, so you could have supper made within 20 minutes.

Its based on Ina Garten’s recipe which I saw on ‘The Barefoot Contessa’ the other day.

Ina recommends serving this with a simple salad of green leaves with shaved Parmesan and all tossed in a lemony vinaigrette.  So that is exactly what I did.

Recipe: (for 4 – 5 breasts)

  • 4 – 5 skinless free range chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of flour (seasoned with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of black pepper)
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten and set aside in a flat-bottomed bowl
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs (I used Asian panko crumbs as they are very nice and crispy but any fresh bread crumb will do)
  • 1 Tbs of chopped parsley and thyme to toss in the crumbs, but just one or the other will do
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese or whole cheese which you grate on the finest side of the grater
  • salt and pepper to season the crumbs
  • olive oil and butter for frying.
  • lemon wedges to serve

Pound the chicken breast between two pieces of cling or in a thick plastic bag until fairly thin. Set out the  flour in a flat dish next to the beaten eggs, next to the crumbs, sort of like a production line.  It gets quite messy so you want to work quite quickly.  You will need to heat a tablespoon of olive oil and a knob of butter in the pan for each fry.  If you have a large non stick frying pan, double this up and fry 2 breasts at a time. I always find it necessary to wipe the pan down with paper towel before adding the new piece of chicken as I find the crumbs can blacken and ruin the next piece. Dunk each piece of chicken, one at a time first in the flour (dust off any excess) and then dip into the egg and ensure it is thoroughly coated. Finally dredge in the parmesan crumbs to coat.  Fry on each side until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper.  If necessary, keep in the oven at a very low heat until you are ready to serve.

Mix a leafy green salad with a nice lemony vinaigrette and serve this piled on top of the chicken breasts or on the side.



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13 Responses to ina gartens chicken parmesan

  1. Caylee December 18, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Sam, your photos are never anything less than incredible.

  2. Sam December 18, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks Caylee 🙂

  3. Lori December 18, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Oh my word, how gorgeous and crunchy do those look! perfect for a crunch junky!

  4. Yatee December 25, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Wow, the chicken looks really good; the preparation style is pretty much the same exact way I make chicken parm. This would make for an amazing meal!

  5. Lise bastick October 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Looks stunning going to try for sure

  6. Sam October 12, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks Lise, its a winner 🙂

  7. Zulfah August 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Sam, where can I find the asian panko crumbs?

  8. Sam August 17, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Hi Zulfah, you should be able to find them at any Asian supermarket. They are white dry bread crumbs and not labelled panko in SA, but its the same thing.

  9. Greg January 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

    Fantastic & tasty easy recipe. This chicken could be used for a chicken Caesar salad as well.
    Thx DD

  10. Sam January 24, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Glad you enjoyed it Greg – its a favourite.


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