Thursday, June 26, 2008

Barefoot Bloggers-Parmesan Chicken

This weeks recipe was another hit. I've wanted to make this one for a while so I was glad when Megan at My Baking Adventures chose this recipe as this week's selection. The combination of the chicken, greens and vinaigrette makes for a nice summer meal. I will definitely use the vinaigrette recipe for my regular salads. I used arugula for the greens on top. The peppery bite of the arugula lends a nice compliment to the dish. I served mine with a lemon spaghetti but I think potatoes would also go well. Besides being delicious, another plus to this dish is that it was pretty simple to make. I did halve the recipe since it makes enough to serve 6. I imagine we will be having this dish again. Make sure to check out the sites of the other Barefoot Bloggers to see their completed dishes.

Parmesan Chicken
Source: Barefoot Contessa Family Style

4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
Unsalted butter
Good olive oil
Salad greens for 6, washed and spun dry

1 recipe Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows.

Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate. On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts. Toss the salad greens with lemon vinaigrette. Place a mound of salad on each hot chicken breast. Serve with extra grated Parmesan.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Yield: 6 servings


smellslikehome said...

great job! wasn't this great? lemon spaghetti is such a good idea and i bet the lemon vinaigrette would be wonderful to toss into the spaghetti. i served mine with garlic smashed potatoes.

Linds said...

We loved this also. I made lemon risotto to go along side, but I get the lemon spaghetti was great too!

Patty said...

This was really good! I just added more greens, cucumbers and feta after I took the pictures for the blog. Great ideas for sides!

madebymel said...

We had ours with wild rice, but the lemon spaghetti is a great idea!