Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Parm

Italian food is one of those things that in the US we end up being fairly limited with.  When we go out our menu is usually small, and not as satisfying as we would like.  In Italy, from what I understand, this is not the case. Of course that is only when you are out.  When you are at home, you have far more interesting options.  I am ,of course, in favor of doing things quickly when I am cooking at home.  That means that I sometimes go for some shortcuts.

Since I spend my working day in the kitchen I don’t always want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen at home. I do want to eat something that tastes good though.

2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup gluten-free flour

herbes de provence, salt and pepper to taste

Your favorite prepared tomato sauce (make sure it is gluten-free)

Cheese, shredded. Whatever you like, (mozzarella and Parmesan would be appropriate)

Gluten-free pasta (two ounces by weight uncooked per person for an entree )

This can easily be done with a number of other things.  Veal and eggplant would both work nicely.  I had chicken, so that is what I used.  First, preheat your oven to 350F, and start some salted water for the pasta. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and herbes de provence.  You’ll be dredging the chicken in this. Next place a chicken breast in a large zipper bag. You can either use a meat mallet or simply use a heavy skillet, and pound the breast flat.  You don’t need to beat it to a pulp.   

Next, dredge them in the flour.  Make sure to coat both sides evenly, and knock off any excess. Heat a skillet that is large enough for your chicken, and add a little oil.  Once the oil is nice and hot add the chicken, and brown lightly on the first side. When you flip the chicken add the sauce, and top with your cheese.  I had mozzarella, asiago, parm, and provel!  Bake for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is done.  Hopefully, the water has come up to a boil, and you have your pasta boiling.  Of course, you never want to have your pasta waiting for the sauce, so make sure you have everything timed out right.  Put some pasta on your plate, and top with the chicken, and sauce.  That was easy, wasn’t it?

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