Quick 'N' Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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In this house, if a meal recipe isn't easy to put together, it most likely isn't happening. And if I didn't plan it out ahead of time, it definitely isn't happening. In our house, well planned, classic recipes and meals are key.

At the beginning of each month I write out a list of all of the meals we'll eat that month. Some people plan each day out at the beginning of the month but I like the flexibility of being able to decide the night before or morning of what I'd like for dinner. I know some people meal plan week-by-week, but with Cody's shift schedule, monthly planning works better for us. Our meal planning for each month often looks the same, with a few new meals thrown in here and there. We're creatures of habit and really love simple meals, so we're perfectly happy with our menu not changing much.

A family favorite -- yes, something my toddler likes it too! -- of ours is chicken parmesan. It's great the first time and it reheats well for lunches the next day. I know Pinterest might be full of hand breaded chicken parmesan recipes, but I'm here to tell you that this simple, quick & easy version is every bit as good.

You're ready for the recipe aren't you? I thought so!

-Shredded Parmesan cheese 
-Shredded mozzarella cheese (optional -- we don't use it
-Parsley (fresh or dried -- either works)


SUPER DUPER EASY COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook the chicken patties in oven for 15-20 minutes. Be glad that the chicken is already cooked and breaded for you so you don't have to worry about that step.

While the chicken is cooking, begin cooking the noodles and warming the sauce. I like to add a little bit of garlic salt and minced onion to the sauce to give it a little extra flavoring.

When the chicken is done cooking, top each chicken patty with heated tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese (if you're using it), and Parmesan cheese. I also like to add a little bit of parsley to the top -- it looks pretty and tastes good!

Return the chicken to the oven and bake until cheese has melted. I like to turn the oven off so the chicken doesn't overcook, but the oven still stays warm enough to melt the cheese. 

Serve over cooked and sauced pasta.


YOU GUYS. This is so good. Seriously. Promise me you'll try it?  

I do a lot of shopping at our local Sam's Club and all the items you buy for this recipe can be found there in bulk, making this the PERFECT recipe for large groups or when you have company over. Add in the ease of this meal and it's even more perfect for large groups or company. But don't tell them how easy it was! Feel free to deceive them.

If you loved this recipe and the ease of it, be sure to check out your local Sam's Club for these fun cooking demonstrations...Italian Style Fish & Pasta on September 17th, Smoked Sausage Pasta OR Quick 'N' Easy Chicken Parmesan on September 19th, and Chicken Dippers on September 24th. I'm attending a demo next week and can't wait to experience another tasty, yet easy, recipe!



Are you a meal planner or a cook as you go kind of person?
Do you have a favorite go to recipe? Share it with me!