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For the chicken:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Italian-style)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • Olive oil for frying
For serving:
  • Cooked pasta (spaghetti or linguine works well)
  • Extra marinara sauce
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  1. Prepare the Chicken:Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch thick.
    Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Bread the Chicken:Set up a breading station with three shallow bowls or plates: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
    Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess.
    Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, making sure it’s fully coated.
    Finally, coat the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing lightly to ensure the breadcrumbs adhere well.
  3. Cook the Chicken:In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of olive oil over medium-high heat.
    Once the oil is hot, add the breaded chicken breasts. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. You may need to cook the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
    Transfer the cooked chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  4. Assemble and Bake:Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over the bottom of a baking dish.
    Place the cooked chicken breasts in the baking dish.
    Spoon a generous amount of marinara sauce over each chicken breast.
    Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the chicken and sauce.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the chicken is cooked through.
    If desired, sprinkle chopped fresh basil over the top before serving.
  5. Serve:Serve the Chicken Parmesan over cooked pasta with extra marinara sauce on the side.
    Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
    Enjoy your delicious Chicken Parmesan!
This recipe serves about 4 people and is perfect for a comforting and hearty meal. Enjoy!

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