Monday, March 5, 2012

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

I got this recipe from my friend Melinda.  It is so easy and fabulous tasting!  It has great flavor and the croutons make a yummy topping.  I love how easy it is to make.  It would be a good recipe to make when you are entertaining because it can all be put together and in the oven with no last minute things to do.  Thanks Melinda - once again you gave me a winner!

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan
from Chef John

2 TBSP olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or however many you need)
2 c bottled Marinara Sauce
1/4 c chopped fresh basil (or if using dried, about 1 TBSP)
8 oz shredded mozzarella
4 oz grated Parmesan
1 (5oz) package garlic croutons

Pour olive oil into bottom of a 9X13 pan.  Add garlic and swirl it around to coat bottom of pan.  Sprinkle on red pepper flakes (to taste).  Lay the chicken breasts in the pan.  Cover with the sauce.  Sprinkle on the basil.   Top with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan.  Spread the croutons over the top, then add the rest of the mozzarella and Parmesan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

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