Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Easy Steps: Chicken Parm Sandwich
There are three main components or steps to making chicken parmesan:
1. Cook the tomato-based sauce
2. Bread chicken tenders and fry
3. Bake in oven
Step 1: Making the Sauce
The first thing I would do is to tackle the tomato-based sauce first. This sauce will be drenched over the chicken and together, they are baked in the oven in order to melt the gooey cheese. Here are the ingredients for the sauce:
1 large can diced tomato
1 teaspoon basil (fresh or dried)
1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried)
2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
Step 2: Breading & Frying the Chicken
Now that the sauce is done, we can move on to cooking the chicken. Take about a pound of chicken breast, cut them into medium-sized pieces and pound them flat with a meat mallet. Be careful not to pound too hard as it will tear the meat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Prepare your breading station: in one mixing bowl, add 1 egg (beaten) to 2 cups of milk and in another have a plate of seasoned breadcrumbs ready. First, drench the ponded chicken tenders into the egg and milk liquid and then coat it with the breadcrumbs. Deep-fry in a pot of hot oil until it turns golden brown. Set it aside to drain the excess oil and repeat for the rest of the other pieces of chicken.
Step 3: Baking in Oven
Finally, line up all the chicken on a baking pan and scoop the tomato sauce onto the chicken, covering as much of each piece as you can. Finally, you can top it with cheese before baking in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese melt. I like to use a mix of parmesan and gruyère as the topping.
Step 4: Assembly
To make my sandwich, I am partial to onion rolls and to take it up a notch, I spread homemade herbed garlic butter on it before toasting the roll. Take a piece of chicken, place on top the lower half of the roll, sprinkle with some chives or red pepper flakes, top it with lettuce and you are done. It's a lot of work but totally worth it, when you bite into the juicy sandwich.