Gingergirl: Tasty and quick midweek chicken dinner

Helen Keown


Helen Keown


Gingergirl: Tasty and quick midweek chicken dinner

Chicken Parmesan is very tasty and it is also quick to cook

Hello and welcome to all about food. 

I am frequently asked what dinners I cook in the evening, often it’s something I have made up in batches and taken out of the freezer from the night before – (curries, tomato based sauces for pasta, fish cakes, soups - chicken noodle or minestrone…). If I am cooking on the hop I tend to cook frittatas, stir-fries (my favourite being beef, broccoli and orange zest) a ‘tray bake’ of meat, veg and potato or, a favourite of my husband’s, Chicken Parmesan. Not only is Chicken Parmesan very tasty, it is also quick to cook – as you pound the chicken into thin ‘escalopes’ – the cheffy term used to describe thinned, boneless meat.
As I may have mentioned before, I keep a couple of bags of breadcrumbs in the freezer so that I can grab them as I need them – after all, they never need defrosting.

Chicken parmesan

Serves 4
4 chicken breasts, skin removed
Salt and pepper
Flour for dusting
75g of breadcrumbs
50g finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 free-range eggs beaten
Olive oil for cooking
Large knob of butter

* Place the chicken breasts between cling film sheets and lightly pound using a cooks mallet or rolling pin, until the chicken is about a half to one centimetre thick. Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
* Place the flour, beaten eggs, and the breadcrumbs mixed with the Parmesan into three separate bowls. Thoroughly coat each escalope in flour, tapping away any excess flour. Next, dip into the beaten egg followed by the breadcrumb/Parmesan. Place the prepped escalopes on a large plate.
* Heat some olive oil with the butter in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Once sizzling, add the crumbed breasts and cook for three to four minutes on each side until crispy and golden. I like to serve this chicken with boiled potatoes and lemon and garlic broccoli (see below).

Lemon and garlic broccoli
Boil or steam a head of broccoli florets until tender, then drain. Meanwhile, melt a large knob of butter in a pan and gently sizzle a clove of finely chopped garlic for two to three minutes. Add the juice and zest of half a lemon and season. Toss with the broccoli and serve with the chicken.

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