When I think about the meals I ate while growing up, there is one common thread – they were all homemade. Whether I was eating at grandma’s, an aunt’s house, or at home, there was always a homemade meal to nourish me. And although I’ve had countless wonderful meals, my mom’s Parmesan Chicken was one of my all time favorites.
I remember my mother spending a good amount of time in the kitchen when preparing Parmesan Chicken – she never skimped on ingredients or cut corners. She would always make homemade pasta sauce for the chicken and pasta – delicious, but time-consuming. Then, while the sauce was cooking, she would dredge the chicken, fry it up, and pop it in the oven to melt the cheese. It took a lot of steps, but the result was always spectacular.
Baked Parmesan Chicken
While I love Parmesan Chicken, I don’t always have the time to prepare it the traditional way. Lucky for me, I found a new way to prepare it while still retaining all of the goodness in the original recipe with my Baked Parmesan Chicken using RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauce!
Like my mom’s sauce, RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauces are thick and hearty with no artificial colors, flavors, or high-fructose corn syrup. The ingredients are fresh and made from a blend of 100% vine-ripened California-grown tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper. There is so much flavor in the new RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauces that I don’t have to doctor the sauce with additional items and can use it directly from the bottle to coat my Baked Parmesan Chicken dish.
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How to make Baked Parmesan Chicken
In a shallow bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. In another bowl, add a cup of RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauce. Dip chicken into the pasta sauce and coat both sides well. The thick and hearty RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauce should stick to the chicken well and give it a good sauce coating. Next, dip the chicken into the breadcrumbs, coating both sides. Place the coated pieces of chicken on a foil lined baking pan that is generously sprayed with cooking oil.
When all the chicken pieces are coated, sprinkle any leftover breadcrumbs over the top of each chicken piece. To ensure a nice crisp chicken, spray each chicken with cooking oil. Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
Baked Parmesan Chicken
|Prep time||25 minutes|
|Cook time||22 minutes|
|Total time||47 minutes|
|Meal type||Lunch, Main Dish|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Hot|
- 1 bag chicken tenders (defrosted)
- 1 bottle RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauce (choose your favorite flavor)
- 1 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups Pepper Jack or Mozzarella
- cooking spray
If serving chicken over pasta, buy an additional bottle of pasta sauce.
|Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and generously spray with cooking spray. Set aside.|
|Pat chicken tenders with a paper towel to remove excess water.|
|Add seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to a shallow bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of pasta sauce. Dip chicken tenders into the pasta sauce and coat both sides well. Then dip in the breadcrumb mixture. Place coated tenders onto the foil lined pan. Repeat until all the tenders are coated. Discard any sauce used for dipping the chicken in.|
|Generously spray the coated chicken with cooking spray. Place pan in oven and baked for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.|
|Add a pepper jack cheese and a heaping spoonful of bottle pasta sauce onto each chicken. Bake for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is warm.|
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