DudeDad is not a very adventurous eater.
He likes bacon burgers and, um, burgers, with bacon on them mostly.
To be fair though, he has come a long way in our years together. He now eats all kinds of seafood, lots of different soul food, quinoa, couscous and a ton of other hard to pronounce items he definitely didn’t grow up with a taste for.
He generally enjoys my cooking and trusts that on most occasions, I don’t seek to poison him.
But, I’m not always pushing his taste buds to the limit. Sometimes I just want to make things he won’t side eye or sniff before daring to taste.
Chicken parmesan is one of those things.
Here’s our version.
Easy Chicken Parmesan
- 10 chicken breast tenderloins (you can use regular breasts, but slice them thin so they cook more quickly)
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
- 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup milk
- Coconut oil (you guys know I use it for everything, olive & vegetable work fine in its place)
- 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (make your own if you want to, that work is on you)
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 bag spinach
- Place chicken breasts in shallow bowl and cover with milk
- Combine all of your seasonings with your flour in a separate shallow bowl.
- In a third bowl (yes, you have some dishes to do later) place your bread crumbs.
- Place coconut oil in your skillet on medium heat (coconut oil gets burny quickly so don't make your oil too hot), use just enough to cover the entire surface (it depends on which pan I use but it's usually ¼-1/2 cup).
- Turn oven on to 400 to preheat.
- Take each chicken from milk, dip in flour, dip in milk again, dip in bread crumbs so they cover each side then place in pan to brown.
- Once browned on both sides (about 3 minutes each side), remove from heat onto metal rack to drip.
- In a large casserole pan, pour half of your sauce on bottom of pan to coat.
- Place browned chicken breasts inside.
- Top each breast with a few spinach leaves.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake in oven on 400 for about 20 minutes.
- Serve with pasta and remain sauce (you may want to warm it because cold sauce us gross sauce) or salad, whichever your people prefer.
Be sure to check out our other easy, weeknight family meal ideas too!