February 25, 2013

Chicken Parmigiana & Spinach Sandwich


My schedule tends to be pretty hectic as it is but this week is a different story.  On top of my activities of daily living, I have been asked by a friend to help make food for her wedding this weekend.  I am super nervous excited because this will be a first for me.  Since my schedule will be so busy, I have planned my meals for the week accordingly.  This delicious, juicy chicken parmigiana & spinach sandwich is always a huge hit with my family and it can be ready in under 30 minutes.  



Ingredients:
Yields 2 sandwiches

  • One-half of a large chicken breast (about 3/4 lb), boneless and skinless 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/2 c Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 c tomato sauce 
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach 
  • 2 slices Parmesan cheese, or more to taste 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste 
  • 2 kaiser rolls, lightly toasted 

Directions:

Butterfly the chicken breast and flatten it to 1/4-inch thickness throughout.  Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.  Cut the chicken into two pieces to fit the size of your rolls.  

In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg.  In a separate shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.  Dip the chicken pieces into the egg and allow the excess to drip off.  Press the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture and gently shake off the excess.   

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook until the chicken is golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.  Spoon 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce evenly over each piece of chicken and top with a slice of Parmesan cheese.  Turn down the heat to low.  Cover and cook until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute longer.  Remove the chicken from the skillet, set aside and keep warm.  

Turn the heat back up to medium and add the spinach to the skillet.  Season the spinach with salt and pepper.  Cook the spinach until it is wilted down.  Drain the spinach.  

Arrange your sandwich.  Place the chicken onto your toasted kaiser rolls and top with cooked spinach.  

Enjoy!


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