Cheesy Chicken Parmesan: Living on Food Banks

This has to be an all time favorite around my home. There is nothing like that bubbly aroma of simmering chicken breasts in a tangy sauce that brings them running when you sound the dinner bell. Believe it or not, this takes less than 30 min. to prepare and all you need is a side of pasta and a tossed salad. No one leaves the table hungry on this night using key ingredients you already have around the house.

Since my budget has been reduced drastically, I’ve learned to improvise and use the accumulation of spaghetti sauce cans in my pantry. I buy the chicken breasts in bulk. These are always cut and ready to use waiting in my refrigerator. With a couple of handfuls of my Frozen Seasoning Blend, I’m ready for a home cooked, simply delicious dinner special.

5 halved chicken breasts (See Freezing Bulk Chicken Breasts – Under Dinners)
2 cups of Bread Crumb Recipe (Under Cracker Recipes)
3 tab. oil
1 1/2 cups of Frozen Seasoning Blend (Under Vegetables)
1 can Spaghetti Sauce
1 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 tab. parmesan cheese

Take thawed chicken breasts and place in bread crumb mixture. Press to evenly distribute bread crumbs. No need for an egg wash here. Fry in oil until lightly browned. Add Frozen Seasoning Blend. Top with spaghetti sauce, oregano, basil, seasoned salt, and pepper. Spoon some sauce over chicken breasts to keep them covered and moist. Replace lid and cook for 20 minutes. Remove lid, and top with both cheeses. Replace lid for 8 more min. All you need is a side of pasta and a tossed salad!

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