Parmesan Chicken and Pasta with Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce

They got the most votes!

Yesterday my room was as if we were in a famous Italian restaurant.  I had teachers, administrators and students sticking their head in the door to see what we were cooking up.  Garlic in olive oil, then add oregano and  basil.  It permeated the halls making everyone hungry.  The food both classes made was the best!  All involved had really paid attention to the demo and seemed to know what they were doing.  

They had a lot of fun setting up for the photographs for the blog.  It is so funny to see some of the students wiping off the plates to make a better presentation.  The food network  has really changed the way we do a lot of things in the kitchen.   

This is a quick and easy meal to put together.  You can prepare it  and plate it up in about 45 minutes.  

Let’s get to the recipes.  The Parmesan Chicken came from Gracious Goodness  by The Junior League of Macon.  This cookbook is fantastic.   The Easy Tomato Sauce came from my best friend Anna.  She is a fantastic cook and you will be seeing more of her recipes later.  

Here are the photos to help you along and the recipes after that.  ENJOY! 

Butterfly 4 large boneless chicken breasts

Bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese

Half stick butter cubed

Dip chicken in milk

Coat with crumbs (I use a fork)

Place a cube of butter in skillet and top with a piece of chicken

 Cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Here we used an electric skillet at 325 degrees.  I like using the skillet because you can get about eight servings in at once.  Adjust the temperature according to your skillet.  Some may cook faster and you will need to turn the heat down.  If yours seems to cook slower turn it up a bit.  Peak at it before the time is up.  It should be golden brown.  Your timing is important ,too.  Chicken cooked too long will be very dry. 

Why do some want to take a bent-edge spatula and push all the juices out of  the chicken?  I don’t understand it!!  I guess they don’t realize they are pushing out all of the juice and making it dry and tasteless.  

Notice another cube of butter on chicken before turning

 Cook for another 7 minutes or until it is done.  Remember don’t overcook it.  

2 Cans of Italian Tomatoes

Before you add 2 cans of diced Italian tomatoes saute a clove of garlic diced in a little olive oil.  Forgot to take that picture.  Sorry.  Then add seasonings 

Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of Basil ( add bay leaf,too)

Simmer for about 15 minutes and serve over your favorite pasta.  Top with parmesan cheese.  So easy and so delicious.  Thanks to Anna!!! 

Second place only by 10 Votes!!

Here are the recipes for both: 

Parmesan Chicken 

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • milk

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Dip chicken in milk, then in bread crumb mixture to coat.  Saute in butter over medium heat until done. About 7 minutes on each side.  Chicken will be browned and crisp. 

Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce 

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz. Italian tomatoes or 2 small cans
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked pasta of your choice about 14 oz.

Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add tomatoes and seasonings.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve over pasta.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 


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Filed under Chicken, Cooking, easy, pasta, quick, Recipes, Tomato

83 responses to “Parmesan Chicken and Pasta with Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce

  1. Becca Ash

    Vote for 1st table 1st period!!!!

  2. Megan

    I Vote For 1st Table 1st Period

  3. Jennifer Pham

    TABLE 5, 1stPeriod!!!!! 🙂 This group rocks bc we WINNNNN every single time….DUH!!!!! 🙂

  4. carly hart

    yummy! I’m voting for 1st period kitchen 3!

  5. Ashley Kendrick

    3rd kitchen 1st block

  6. Ray Kendrick

    3rd kitchen 1st block

  7. Tina Kendrick

    3rd kitchen 1st block

  8. Stephen Kendrick

    3rd kitchen 1st block

  9. Bailee

    1st block 3rd kitchen 🙂

  10. Jessica Noble

    I love kitchen 4 1st period. . Ours looks amazing. I believe we deserve first picture.

  11. Amy

    This sounds delicious!! We’re going to have to try this!

  12. 1st block, kitchen 4.

  13. Trevor Brazel

    The parmesan chicken and pasta with Anna’s easy tomato sauce was excellent, and was fun to make.

  14. Savannah Cole

    I learned that you can use butter underneath the chicken to help with the frying.

  15. Becca

    It’s great to keep in mind that we need to remember not to overcook the chicken in order to keep the meat tender!

  16. Ana

    The bread crumbs added a delicious flavor to the chicken and the sauce was really easy to make for the pasta.

  17. Ashley Maryniak

    I always used shredded mozzerella cheese on top, but I never knew that you could use parmesan cheese in the bread crumbs. It was amazing!

  18. taylor a davis

    I Learned that parmesan Chicken is easier to make then it sounds

  19. I lEaRnEd ThAt YoU cAn NoT pUsH dOwN tHe ChIcKeN wHeN yOu CoOk It.

  20. brett

    you have to butterfly the chicken

  21. Jennifer Pham

    I had no clue that making parmesean chicken could be so non fattening. The parmesean cheese gave it enough cheesy flavor.

  22. Ashley Kendrick

    When we butterflied the chicken this time it didn’t seem as gross as the last time so I liked that. I also learned that the chicken is healthy. 🙂

  23. Jessica Noble

    The butter helped this chicken cook more efficiently. . I enjoyed this very much and i will more than likely make this at home.

  24. kenny

    i learned that butter helps cook faster and that bread crumbs add a lot of flavor to the chicken

  25. Leslie Stewart

    I learned how to butterfly chicken while making this.

  26. Brooke Maryniak

    Butterflying the chicken really does help cut down on cooking time.

  27. brooke davidson

    I missed that day. I made it at home and it was wonderful!!!! I didn’t know you put butter on the skillet before you place the chicken down until your demo.

  28. shane a davis

    i learned that this dish doesn’t have to have any noodles or cheese sauce to be called parmesan chicken

  29. imari

    i learned a new way to make chicken parm.
    my sister makes it comptely different from this. but my family enjoyed it every much.

  30. Elizabeth

    The ingredients didn’t make this sound to appetizing, but after we made it it was very good.

  31. lesley b

    i love making this. i didn’t know you cooks just put parmesian cheese on top, i think it taste better this way as well!! ;D i<3 it!!!

  32. Allie

    I remember when my mom made this for my family as a kid, and though she doesn’t make it anymore, its still just as delicious to me. I learned how fry up chicken when it has a batter-type covering and how to cook spaghetti sauce.

  33. i didnt know that if you put butter on top while the bottom is cooking that it would give it a all arond better browness.

  34. erin

    I learned that using butter under the chicken helps it turn the nice golden brown color and helps it cook faster.

  35. Yesica Melchor

    I love Parmesean Chicken! I learned that you have to deep in milk to get the crumbs on it.

  36. evan

    Very good recipe i learned how to make pasta with chicken

  37. Parker

    We bake chicken at my house, but this turned out just as good.

  38. Isata

    i learned how to make Parmesan Chicken and Pasta that actually tastes goood and is edible and it was reallyy realllyy easy to make this ..

  39. I love Parmesan Chicken and Pasta! One of my favorite dishes!

  40. Ana

    This was my favorite food that we made in class, the bread crumbs made the chicken taste delicious!

  41. tinnia adams

    this was so good and easy to make i made it last night for dinner and my family LOVED it.
    they said it melted in their mouth.

  42. taylor a davis

    very good and very easy to make, this is definatly my favorite food this year.

  43. blakely

    this was good i didnt know you put butter on it to help it fry.

  44. blakely

    parmesan chicken was my favorite!

  45. Hanna

    i didn’t know you could butter on it to help fry it!

  46. ashley

    i learned you had to butter the skillet

  47. zuleima

    mm that rich watches and has a very good presentation and the chicken knows very good

  48. carly hart

    i really enjoyed making this, i would have to say that this was my favorite dish! i didn’t know that you could bread your chicken that way! it was very good!

  49. Dakota Clayton

    This one further helped me learn the importance of prep time

  50. taylor r roddy

    one of my favorite things we have made all semester. i learned that the bread crumbs add the special touch! i never would have thought of that.

  51. lesley baxley

    i didn’t know you can put parmesian cheese on it instead of regular cheese! 🙂

  52. Chelsea M

    I never knew chicken would cook so fast!

  53. danielle

    i learned that you can put butter on the top and bottom of the chicken to make it brown and cook faster just like the cheese toast

  54. Aaron V.

    When making a tomatoe sauce, sugar adds some sweetness to the sauce as well.

  55. Brittany - 1st period.

    Not only did I find out that this dish was simply delicious (: I also learned that chicken cooks fast, and if cooked to long it will become dry!

  56. Alexis A

    While participating in this lab I learned that you should cut chicken in half before cooking. It cooks faster, therefore saving time.

  57. Haylee W

    I learned that putting a cube of butter on top and underneath the chicken while cooking, will give more flavor and help fry it.

  58. anna 1st

    I learned that you can use sugar to help the acidity in the tomatoes.

  59. Rachel S.

    I learned that pushing the juice out will make it become dry and tasteless.

  60. Tatiana G 1st period

    I learn that milk helps the bread crumbs stick to the chicken and also to cut the chicken thin so it can cook better

  61. chasitywilson

    i learned how to make this in class and that it doesnt take long to cook chicken if you cut them

  62. tommie 1st

    I learned that if you cook the chicken too long it will be dry.

  63. Bethany B. 1st

    You have to be careful cutting up the chicken because you can get salmonella and transfer it all over your kitchen.

  64. Marianna

    I learned that making Parmesan Chicken and pasta is a lot harder than it seems or looks.

  65. Abby T.

    i learned how to keep the salmonella from spreading.

  66. Tyrone

    i learned that you should use sugar to help the tomatoes’ acidity

  67. Vaida R

    I learned that using wax paper instead of a bowl is easier to clean up and easier to handle the Parmesan breading.

  68. Levi Atkinson

    I was raised on eating chicken and parmesan chicken was coked beautifully and was absolutely delicious.

  69. Lexxi J

    Yum! I learned that you can make your own tomatoe sauce instead of just using a plan can of Prego Sauce. (:

  70. Sarah J

    I learned that using a small piece of butter on each side of the chicken gives it a good flavor and golden brown look.

  71. tania

    i learned that chicken cooked too long can become dry.

  72. courtney e

    i learned that if you pre- cut your butter before you cook your chicken you will prevent yourself from using way too much butter 🙂

  73. yvonne mcgregor

    i learned you dont wash your chicken in the sink.

  74. Tori B. 2nd

    I learned that it’s simple enough Tyler can do it himself(:

  75. amy w

    i learned how to make a semi-homeade sauce!

  76. kim s.

    i learned we had to put a cube of butter under the chicken just like when we made french toast

  77. cynthia I

    I learned how to cut fat off chicken a easy way.. & that if you cut the chicken in half they all will cook at the same time..

  78. RadianceM

    I didn’t know that you could dip the chicken in milk…. its different

  79. erika

    this chicken was so good. i’m actually going to make this dish this weekend for my family.

  80. Callie C.

    I learned not to overcook the chicken in order to keep the meat tender!

  81. amber gillis

    I learned that if you cook the chicken to long it will become very dry and want taste as good

  82. Kamryn 1st

    I didnt know you use butter on the pan to help it fry.

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