Cooking On A Budget: Breaded Chicken

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Breaded Chicken

Chicken Milanese is a very simply a thinner piece of breaded boneless skinless chicken breast that is pan sauteed. What you add to the breading makes it Milanese style - Parmesan cheese and fresh basil and parsley and of course garlic.  Chicken Cutlet Parmesan is also a breaded chicken breast, but it is baked with a red sauce on top with grated Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella or Monterrey Jack Cheese. Generally a pounded down boneless chicken breast as well, but slightly thicker than Milanese.  Both are also dipped in an egg wash prior to breading them.  They also are pan sauteed then finished in an oven.
Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders get dipped in an egg wash before the breading and fried in some oil and can be served with a red sauce (Marinara), a soy based sauce (soy sauce and mirin and finely minced garlic and shallot) or a traditional cocktail sauce of ketchup and horseradish.
In place of an egg wash for breaded chicken dishes, you could use some mayonnaise.  Dress it up with the addition of  Parmesan cheese added in to the mayonnaise; or perhaps also add in a touch of mustard to the mayonnaise. You can add dried spices to the mayonnaise as well. Let your creative side show through.
Any of these are inexpensive chicken dishes, especially when you get the large pack of boneless skinless chicken on sale. See my previous blog titled "Stretching Your Food Dollars" (August blogs) for an explanation of getting the most meals from one of these packs. Also they do not take long to cook so dinner can be prepared, cooked and on the dinner table relatively quick.
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