Cheater Chicken Parm

Cheater Chicken Parm |

If Kiwi and I have one more argument about bathroom fixtures or kitchen countertops, it might be the end of us. Seriously who would have thought that our views on solid surface building materials could be so darn divisive? Our last conversation ended abruptly with my plea to “stop talking about this or I’m going to cry”. Truthfully I was already on the verge—tears welling up in my eyes as I pictured our marriage falling apart over a tile tiff.

Renovation-induced divorce is a thing, apparently. Forget kids and financial distress; it’s home-improvement that pushes us all to the marital brink.

You’d think that transforming one’s homestead would bring a couple closer together: “oh honey I can’t wait to raise our kids in this classic contemporary kitchen and cook you Christmas dinner in our fabulous new steam oven!” But no, this is stressful stuff. I lie awake at night worrying about window measurements and structural supports. And toilets! Why must there be so many to choose from?

And to pile on to our first world problems, we find ourselves in temporary accommodations that leave a few things to be desired. Like closets. Not a Single. Freakin’. Closet. Except the kitchen, which is just about the size of a closet. A closet with an electric stove. Imagine! How am I supposed to live like this?!

I’m having to simplify things on the culinary front, which in truth is probably a good exercise for me. Meals are being pared down to the basics (protein, veg, carb) and I’ve rediscovered jars of tomato sauce (good ones, of course) and the beauty of a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast.

This Cheater Chicken Parm has made an appearance twice already, because I just can’t get over how simple it is to prepare and satisfying it is to eat. It might just be the *perfect* specimen of a weekday meal, and you will be glad to have it in your arsenal, especially as the back-to-school routines creep back in.

Cheater Chicken Parm |

I call it the cheater’s version of chicken parm because it does away with all of the complicated and time-consuming parts of traditional chicken parmesan—the chicken pounding, dredging and breading, notably—and calls for only three basic ingredients. If you keep chicken breast in your freezer, cheddar in your fridge, and a jar of good quality marinara in your pantry, you can have this on the table in 30 minutes or less.

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This is the cheater's version of chicken parm. All the deliciousness, without all the trouble of a traditional chicken parmesan. I always keep chicken breasts in my deep freeze and jarred tomato sauce in the pantry, so that as long as I've got a bit of cheese lying about (and who doesn't) I can whip this up on any old weekday evening. Serve it with mashed potatoes or pasta (tossed with some of the tomato sauce), steamed broccoli and a green salad for a quick, healthy and family-friendly meal.
Serves: 4
  • 2 large chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup homemade or good quality jarred tomato sauce
  • 100 grams / 3.5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
  • Handful fresh basil, finely chopped (optional)
  1. Prepare the chicken breasts by pulling off the tenders and then slicing each breast horizontally down the centre (so that you are left with two tenders and four thin pieces of chicken breast).
  2. Heat the butter or olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and let them cook until they start to brown. Then flip them over and let them brown on the other side.
  4. When the chicken is almost cooked through, spoon some tomato sauce over each piece, and top with the sliced or shredded cheese.
  5. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Sprinkle the fresh basil over top, and serve immediately.


12 Responses to Cheater Chicken Parm

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  3. Hannah Flack February 24, 2020 at 12:41 am #

    I made this tonight almost exactly as the new directions say. I had baked chicken left over from Sunday dinner so I used cooked chicken instead of raw. I just added the chicken and the rice a little later. It was not too thick at all. In fact just perfect. I love soup. Will be a family favorite.

  4. Rose Martine January 3, 2020 at 11:33 pm #

    These look so delicious I love meatballs! I love that you made these with ground turkey too.

  5. Alisha Ross December 30, 2019 at 5:05 am #

    I’m so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  6. Alisha Ross July 24, 2019 at 11:49 pm #

    Healthy eating for all around choice . I love to see what can make a difference in my everyday life so I can share with my wife some healthy habits . Something to grow on for a healthy tomorrow . Thank you for this program .

  7. Moses Brodin July 18, 2019 at 6:24 am #

    Yay, I can’t wait to find out when you might teach in Nashville. My bf lives there, so I make the trip pretty often!

  8. motoapk hihi April 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post. Great.

  9. Imke September 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Excellent recipe! Easy, quick, and my daughter (and even my husband) loved it. Thanks!

    • Sarah September 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Excellent! Glad you enjoyed it. So so easy, which makes it hard to resist :-). Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  10. Imke September 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Excellent, thanks a lot! Easy to make, quick, and my daughter loved it!

  11. Jessica July 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Hey Sarah, wanted to stop by and say thank you for your support! Not to mention this fabulous looking chicken which my kids would love, will give it a go. Good luck with your renovation project; I’ve lived through one before (minus kids) and know the torture of having an electric stove! We have an electric stove with no fan a the lake- I feel your pain all summer long. xoxo

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