Monday, July 31, 2017

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style ( A New Favorite)

"This chicken parmesan pizza style is a giant golden fried chicken patty topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Drizzled with spicy honey this version of chicken parm will have you wishing you made more."


My brain's been travelling weird places lately. Just can't seem to settle it down but one thing's for sure... I've had this chicken parmesan on the brain. Ordinarily, I'm not a huge chicken parm fan but ever since reading about the chicken parmesan at the new Quality Italian restaurant that opened not far from here, I've become obsessed. Even the Cheesecake Company has a version so where have I been? Obviously not travelling to either of those places!

I know summer means I'm supposed to be writing abut fresh veggies and fruits but last week found it a touch chilly around here. OK. Chilly might be an exaggeration, but it seemed like I could turn the oven on, which in my mind meant time to make this chicken parm. Good thing I made it last week because my oven just went on the fritz last night and I'm not holding out high hopes that it will make it back to me. Ach! Just add it to the need money list which seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.


But back to this golden, crispy patty of joy. No it's not pizza. It's like WAY BETTER than pizza. Totally hit the comfort spot-this sizzling individual covered with melted gooey cheese was a one person crowd pleaser. I guarantee this will be my next dinner party entree and am sure it will have folks begging for more.

Very simple to make this giant ground chicken patty is seasoned up, placed in a pie pan and frozen. No chicken breasts in this recipe. After this baby is frozen it's time to pat it with a bit of seasoned flour, brush it with some egg wash and then another dip into some panko crumbs. Make sure it's well coated because the crust is so good. Fry each patty and set aside until ready to bake. Spread with a bit of sauce, top with cheese and bake for about 10 minutes-assuming it's at room temperature. Then it's time to hit the broiler and brown that cheese golden.


While this is going on in your oven that hopefully works, it's time to make some spicy honey. Believe it. In my humble opinion this sweet elixir puts this dish beyond paradise. Sounds weird but I read that Quality Italian serves there parm with a Calabrian honey. Not having travelled to Calabria recently I decided to make my own version which was as simple as adding Thai chili paste (whose only ingredients were chili, garlic, onions and oil) to a bit of honey. I do believe even Sriracha would work or just some chili flakes. Oh man. One taste knocked me off my rocker.


Chicken parmesan is my new favorite recipe. Don't miss this one folks. It's a keeper. Keep the party going and serve this on a bed of pasta or not. I love it on a bed of arugula and for Manservant's sake I gave him both-pasta and arugula. I can tell you which he left on the plate. And that honey? Drizzle it over the top. Yeah, I know there's a lot going on in this dish. But a lot better on a plate than in your head. Mangia!


More to Try:
     Summer Tomato Lasagna              Greek Olive Bread (No Yeast)            BBQ Potato Bundles

                 

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Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style

This chicken parmesan pizza style is a giant golden fried chicken patty topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Drizzled with spicy honey, this version of chicken parm will have you wishing you made more.
prep time: 25 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 3 T parmesan cheese
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t marjoram or oregano (Marjoram is a bit lighter and not as spicy as oregano. Try it for a change!)
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 c marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's arrabiata)
  • 3 T parmesan cheese
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Olive oil for frying (about 1/2" in skillet to cover)
  • Fresh Basil and Tomatoes for garnish (Extra sauce and cheese if you want.)
Breading and Egg Wash
  • 1/4 c flour seasoned with a touch of the above and 2 T parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg lightly beaten and mixed with 1 T of water
  • 1/2 c panko crumbs
Spicy Honey
  • 1/2 c honey (you will probably have some left over)
  • 1-2 t spicy chili paste

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Line 2 8" cake or pie pans with plastic wrap.
  2. Mix together ground chicken with seasonings. To test for seasonings, take about 1 t of the mixture and place in microwave or 20 seconds. Feel free to adjust seasonings if needed. Now divide chicken in half and pat each half into prepared pan. Freeze for about 4 hours.
  3. Prepare egg wash and breading. Remove chicken and dust with flour on top, bottom and sides. Brush well with egg wash on top, sides and bottom. Cover on all sides with panko crumbs.
  4. Heat oil in pan until shimmering. Add chicken patties to oil. (I did mine one at a time.) Fry until golden about 5 minutes on each side. Remove and drain.
  5. Preheat oven to 400. While oven is preheating cover each chicken patty with 1/4 c of marinara or to your discretion. I think it is better to add more sauce later. If you add too much now your patty will be soggy. Cover with parmesan. Then cover that with mozzarella.
  6. Place on a baking sheet in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Cheese should be melted, if not bake a few minutes longer. Remove from oven,
  7. Heat broiler to high. Slide baking sheet under broiler and broil for just a few minutes until cheese is golden and glistening. Garnish with basil and tomatoes. Serve with a pizza cutter.
  8. Feel free to serve over pasta or arugula or both!
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27 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds amazing! And so unique. Bravo!

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    1. It was really, really good Chris. Thanks!

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  2. I haven't had chicken parm in ages. And never made like this! Really creative, tasty too, I'll bet. Winner winner, chicken dinner! :-)

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    1. I had never made it like this either and was very happy with the results. The honey on top is awesome!

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  3. Crusty chicken as the pizza base...what a fantastic idea! And I love that spicy honey!!

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  4. Goodness Abbe - I cannot wait to give this a try. So creative and brilliant! I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and I'm sure it's way better than any restaurant version. Good one :)

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  5. And here I thought this was going to be a traditional pizza! But these patties are much more fun!!! Sorry about the demise of your oven. Ugh.

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  6. Love every little detail about this chicken Parm pizza, the addition of honey sounds magical!!!!

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  7. Waaait, this looks amazing. Cheesey italian chicken AND pizza is a dream come true!

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    1. Well, not really pizza. Just chicken in pizza form.And a very good form it is!

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  8. What a fun way to celebrate the summer tomato season. The boys would certainly love this recipe.

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  9. Different and delicious! I love this, Abbe, and can't wait to put some in my mouth :)

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  10. Oh heck yes! Abbe, this looks amazing. All that melty cheese and spicy honey drizzled over the top? All I can say is yes please!

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  11. This is so unique and looks crazy delicious!

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  12. I can't wait to try this! It sounds amazing. I've always loved Chicken Parmesan and love the Pizza twist!

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  13. I bet my family would go crazy over this! It sounds and looks amazing!

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  14. My fave Italian place has a giant chicken nugget parmigiana and its THE BEST. This looks fab!

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  15. Cannot wait to make this!! Looks so TASTY!

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    1. Thanks Diane. Let me know how it turns out.

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  16. I think this would be an instant family favorite in our house... Looks wonderful, Abbe!!

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  17. Omg ...this is brilliant, Abbe! I am never going back to that bready pizza base again. At least for now, I'm convinced I won't...lol

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    1. No reason too, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Normally, I'm not a fan of thick crust pizza, but this one obviously requires it. Your pictures are crazy beautiful and making me very, very hungry. Pinned!

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    1. Keep in mind...there is no crust on this pizza....just chicken! And it is so good!

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