I often turn leftovers and frozen vegetables into a meal using tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. I usually use frozen peas, carrots, broccoli, and left-over protein such as rotissarie chicken or salmon. I add tomato sauce to the mixture, heat it up, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and eat.
This recipe resembles that technique. I’ve baked Chicken Parmigiana in the past, but these days I just gather the parts of the dish I have on hand and skip the baking step entirely. I’m eating it sooner and I don’t have to turn on the oven.
Another great thing about this recipe: You can prepare all the parts ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, and then bring them together when you’re ready to eat.
Rustic Chicken Parmigiana
Yield 4 servings
I've kept this recipe very simple but feel free to add other seasonings to the chicken cutlets, including dried oregano, basil, black pepper, and garlic powder.
If you don't have cherry tomatoes or enough to make a quick sauce, then you can use tomato or marina sauce.
To make this dairy-free, you can use cashew cream to create a creamy topping, combined with the tomatoes or tomato sauce.
To get chicken breast cutlets thin, have a butcher slice them thinly or use a tenderizer to thin out the cutlets.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 4 thinly sliced chicken breast cutlets (about 1.5 pounds)
- Combine the salt and almond flour on a large plate.
- Coat each piece of chicken on both sides with the flour mixture and cook in the skillet for a few minutes on each side.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a spoon to coat the tomatoes. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or sauté in the skillet you used to cook the chicken cutlets.
Plate each piece of chicken on top of zucchini noodles. Add the roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, or both. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve. You can warm or reheat the dish once plated in a microwave or in a warm oven for a minute or so.