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My husband and I met when we were 17. In effort to keep the amazing “catch” I’d found, I followed the age old wisdom that says the way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach. So applied that. My go to meal to impress him was always chicken Parmesan. It was a “fancy” meal that I could make quickly so I used it as my secret weapon to win him over time and time again. It must have worked because we’ve been married almost 10 years now and I still cook him chicken Parmesan every year for Valentine’s Day and for his Birthday. It’s our family tradition. While shopping for his birthday dinner supplies at Kroger I got to explore all the amazing ‘Taste of Italy’ options they had on display and was able to create a Tuscan-Inspired meal for the family! From the options they had I picked up a jar of Bertolli® Tomato Basil sauce!
- Bertolli® Tomato & Basil Sauce
- Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Angel Hair Pasta
- One egg
- 1 Cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup of Italian Bread Crumbs
- Dried Italian Seasonings
- Artisan Bread Loaf
As soon as my husband got home from work, I had cut up small slices of bread and placed them on plate with a oil dipping sauce. The seasoning on the plate was a dried Italian seasoning mix that I found in the Taste of Italy showcase. It gave us that restaurant feel right at home.
Then I began cooking my pasta! My husband loves Angel Hair so we paired that with our chicken.
To make my Chicken Parmesan, I bought a thinly sliced chicken breast so it would cook thoroughly in a timely manner. I first dipped the uncooked chicken in all purpose flour, then in egg, then in bread crumbs.
I placed the coated chicken in a pan coated in non-stick olive oil spray and placed it in the oven to cook on 400 degrees F for 15-20 and checked to make sure the chicken was thoroughly cooked.
I then poured enough Tuscan Inspired Bertolli® pasta sauce on top of the baked chicken, spread it evenly and then sprinkle some Italian cheese shreds on top. I typically I placed it back in the oven for 5 more minutes allowing the sauce to heat up and the cheese to melt.
I placed a wood cutting board of rustic bread in the center of the table and served everyone a plate of chicken Parmesan with a pasta on the side.
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