Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Parmigiana, slightly adapted
I'm going to be 100% honest with you--I made this dinner in mid-November. We were having guests for dinner, and one of them doesn't eat red meat. I found this recipe on "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" and I decided that this would be the perfect solution. I've made Chicken Parmesan many times, so I didn't really need a recipe. I will give Ree Drummond credit for inspiring me to make this! Tomorrow is the deadline for me to post the bi-weekly recipe roundup for my other blog "Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman". I've been so busy, that I never got to make the recipe I had in mind. Lo and behold, I remembered this unposted dinner! So here it is! If you've never made Chicken Parmesan (or Parmigiana, as "Ree" calls it), you need marinara sauce. I stopped buying bottled spaghetti sauce years ago, because I found that making your own sauce is so easy, and I think it tastes much better. I try to buy San Marzano crushed tomatoes to make my own sauce. They're a little more expensive, but they taste so good. I haven't photographed a tutorial on how to make marinara sauce, but the Pioneer Woman has. I'll give you the link for that at the end of this recipe. Let's begin:
I simply return the chicken to the sauce-- and here's where I improvised. Instead of adding more Parmesan cheese on top of the chicken, I added fresh mozarella. When I lifted the lid, to take a photo, the cheese hadn't fully melted. In the end, it did!
Pioneer Woman is known for her "hearty" food-- heavy cream, butter and all, she does have recipes on her website that are a little less ranch style. I read her blog, faithfully. I just love her sense of humor and her photographs. She's made quite a name for herself, and I do have her new cookbook. It's half stories and half recipes. Most of them are on her blog, but there are a few that are only in her cookbook. I intend to make them, a little at a time. I'll be posting this recipe on my weekly round up on Monday, January 11th. If you've made one of PW's recipes, recently, I'd be happy to include it. You can click here for details!
I have some cooking to do, now! Hopefully, I'll catch up in posting what I've made very soon!