Monday, July 16, 2012

Crispy Crouton Chicken Parmesan Casserole

If you have not realized yet, I am not a talented cook. When it's my turn to make dinner I search for recipes that are within my reach and won't turn GB's stomach. 

I happened upon a video recipe from Food Wishes for a chicken Parmesan casserole. I was apprehensive, but it was already 6:00pm, GB would be home in 2 hours, and I needed something fast. 

Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
Olive Oil
Chili Flakes or Crushed Red Pepper
Marinara Sauce

The only real preparation was chopping garlic and this was something I knew I could do. I chopped about 3 cloves. 

Next, I coated the bottom of a casserole dish with the garlic, as well as some olive oil and chili flakes. 

I placed the chicken breasts in the casserole dish and covered the chicken completely in the marinara sauce. 

Then I covered the sauce in my favorite food item of all time - cheese. I combined the mozzarella and Parmesan. 

Instead of breading the chicken, the croutons come in as the next layer as a substitution for breading. The blogger explains that the croutons absorbs the chicken juices and marinara to create a really scrumptious crunch. 

You didn't think I was done, did you? There was no way this dish would be done without more cheese. 

I baked the chicken at 350° for around an hour. Truthfully, I forgot about it. When GB walked in the door, I finally remembered I was cooking and raced to the oven. When I took the casserole dish out of that steamy oven, I was a little disappointed when I realized I burnt the dish. It was still edible, but a little too crispy for my liking. 

However, underneath that crunchy crouton layer, was a delicious combination of chicken and sauce. Even though I screwed up, it still turned out alright. We had a great dinner that night! Give this dish a try, and tell me all about it!

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