Mama, Let’s Cook! Episode 2: Chicky Parmesan
We are thrilled to be back with our second episode of our plucky, homespun cooking show, Mama, Let’s Cook! This week, Percy and I gift you with a Friday night family dinner of healthy Chicky Parmesan, a quick and simple arugula salad, and last-but-not-least, Percy’s take on Cacio e Pepe (aka. Butter noodles!) As you will see in the Mama, Let’s Cook! video and accompanying recipe below, the dinner is kid-frendly and quick to prepare, healthy and a crowd-pleaser. We would love your suggestions for what you would like us to cook next!
- 2 Chicken Breasts Cut in half crosswise
- 3 tbsp Olive oil + more for drizzling
- 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary leaves chopped
- 1 tsp Fresh Thyme leaves chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Marinara
- 8 oz Buttercup or mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Sea Salt
- Freshly ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
(Optional but recommended) Put the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment or wax paper and flatten with rolling pin to a uniform thickness of 1/3-3/4 inch.
Drizzle chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary and thyme.
In a large cast-iron or skillet of your choosing (I used my Le Creuset large, deep frying pan), heat 2-3 tbps of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until slightly golden, about 5 minutes on each side.
Remove from heat, drain excess liquid and pour the marinara sauce over the chicken. Scatter your two cheeses on top and bake until bubbling, either in the oven or on the stovetop, around 15 minutes.
Cook a pasta of your choice in salted water, al dente. Serve chicken with pasta and a side of brocolli.
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Hope is real
Healing is possible
Life is a privilege
We exist for a purpose
Grace is available
God has us.
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