Chicken Parmi is an Aussie classic favourite, best known for it's luxurious pub-night feels, crispy cheese and creamy tomato sauce. Using organic chicken breasts is a great way to elevate the chicken parmi and harness the natural flavour. This recipe can be easily adapted for a quick midweek dinner. It's also easy to adapt this recipe to suit your diet and health goals.
- 1 medium chicken breast, per 2 serves, sliced and pounded
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup wholewheat breadcrumbs
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh herbs, like oregano, basil and parsley. Use only 1 teaspoon if dried
- Salt and pepper
- 1 ½ cups tomato or pasta sauce, depending on preference
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 200 celsius, and line a ceramic bake dish with oil or baking paper. Heat oil in a skillet or heavy-bottomed frying pan.
2. Mix breadcrumbs, herbs and salt and pepper together. Dredge the chicken breasts so the breadcrumbs stick. If breadcrumbs aren’t sticking, you can include an egg mixture and do the dry-wet hand method, or coat in oil.
3. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. It will keep cooking in the oven
4. Add all four cooked chicken breasts to your bake dish, allowing some space. Cook chicken completely, 10-15 minutes. Add the sauce and sprinkle over the cheese. Cook until golden brown
5. Serve on its own with a side salad, or on top of noodles or zucchini noodles, according to preference.
P.S The sauce is the basis for flavour of this dish: you can find recipes for parmigiana sauce online. For a healthier version of this dish, you can make your own sauce. Homemade sauce means you can avoid added sugar, preservatives or any other hidden nasties in jar sauce. Fresh crushed tomatoes, organic tomato paste, fresh herbs, brown sugar and red wine make a delicious, low/no added sugar and packed full of important nutrients from the tomato and herbs.