Monday, December 7, 2009

Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Tomato Jam

I love, love, love everything chicken and Chicken Parmesan is on my list of favorite picks at certain restaurants (minus the pasta . . . I prefer rice and will order it if available . . . hey! I'm a latina after all!). The neat and different thing about this recipe is the tomato jam. I'm not particularly enticed by Marinara sauce! The post appeared today on my Saveur link at Facebook, but the recipe actually comes from the blog "Rock Recipes". Enjoy! :)

Low Fat Baked Panko Chicken Paremesan with Roasted Tomato Jam

From the author: "I sometimes make large batches of this jam, just to have a couple of bottles of it on hand to use in other favorite recipes. This low fat baked version of chicken parmesan is one of my favorite uses for it to make a quick workday meal that is pretty healthy too, especially if you opt for a whole grain pasta. This recipe definitely deserves a place in your weekday meal idea arsenal."
4 large boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to season
flour for dredging
1 egg + 1 tbsp water, whisked to make an egg wash
panko crumbs
olive oil

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, dip in the egg wash and then roll in the panko crumbs. Place in a lightly oiled baking dish and lightly spray olive oil over the tops of the chicken breasts. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 45-50 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked. Turn the chicken breasts once during the cooking time. Slice cooked chicken breasts and serve on angel hair pasta , topped with Roasted Tomato Jam ( or your favorite tomato sauce) and grated parmesan cheese . You can melt mozzarella over the top along with the parmesan if you wish.
Roasted Tomato Jam
6 medium vine ripened tomatoes diced
2 cloves minced garlic
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Toss together in a shallow baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has reduced off the tomatoes are the consistency of jam.


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