Friday, June 26, 2009

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

I did something out of character for me this week--went to the grocery store with no idea of what I was going to buy. I normally have a list so that I don't buy a bunch of random stuff that goes bad before I get to it, and so that I know we'll actually have enough food so that I won't have to go back to the store in a couple days! (lately trending more toward not having enough!)

I came home with a bunch of mushrooms and some whole wheat kaiser rolls, and had a random part of a jar of spaghetti sauce in the fridge, so I went for a chicken parmesan sandwich. I am sure a sandwich similar to this is available from many other sources, and I definitely know I'm not the first to come up with this. I did a quick google search just to see what other recipe sources would come up, and they are endless. I just stuck with the idea in my head, so here it is. Simple, done in less than 30 minutes, and really good! Norris loved them!

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

(makes four sandwiches)

6 chicken breast tenderloins
1/3 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
mushrooms (as many as you want), sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup or more of marinara sauce
3 slices mozzarella cheese
4 rolls or buns of your choice

Preheat oven to 375. Set up standard breading procedure--shallow bowls or plates with raw chicken, next with flour, next with beaten egg, next with breadcrumbs, then a sprayed baking sheet. Lightly coat each piece with flour, then egg (shake off excess), then breadcrumbs and spread out on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes on each side.
As these are baking, heat a saute pan with the olive oil in it. Once it's ripply, saute garlic for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add in the mushrooms and saute until done.
Heat up marinara and buns while you wait.
After the chicken is done, add the cheese to the top of the pieces (a half piece per chicken tenderloin) and stick under the broiler until bubbly on top. Assemble your sandwiches and enjoy!
(I used 1.5 chicken tenderloins per sandwich; make it even easier and just cook whole chicken breasts and use one per sandwich, obviously:)