classic italian cooking can be some of the easiest dishes for any beginner cook to master. you will quickly learn that parmesan cheese is used in lots of dishes as a seasoning more so than a main ingredient. tomatoes are the king of all vegetables. and chicken breasts pounded thin, or chicken cutlets are used quite frequently. here is a staple, chicken parmesan.
4 chicken breasts, pounded till 1/2 inch thick
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten with a splash of water
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup shredded parmesan
1 1/3 cup tomato sauce
fresh basil for garnish
put the flour in a large plate and season with salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. in a wide bowl, combine the eggs and water, and beat. put the bread crumbs on another large plate, season with salt and pepper. turn the oven on to broil. heat 2 tbs of olive oil over medium heat in a large sautee pan. lightly dredge both sides of the chicken in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off, then dredge in the bread crumbs. once the oil starts to ripple place the chicken in the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. then place in a baking dish and top with 1/3 cup tomato sauce, 1/12 cup parmesan, and 1/8 cup tomato sauce. then place under the broiler for 5 minutes, or until cheese starts to brown. serve with pasta.