Start out by thawing (if you keep your chicken in the freezer like me) 4 to 6 chicken breasts. For two people I only cooked 4 chicken breasts and it was more than plenty. Once your chicken breasts have thawed, begin setting up your stations and preparing your chicken.
4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
Good olive oil
Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4 inch thick. You can either you a meat mallet or a rolling pin.
Combine the flour, salt and pepper on a dinner plate. On a second plate, beat eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread crumb mixture, pressing lightly.
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts. I served my chicken parmesan with green beans and sweet corn but you can add whatever you like.
NOTE: This recipe is great but I would like to add a few things that may help you. Although it calls for freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated parmesan, black pepper and pregrated parmesan work just fine. If you want more of a bite in the bread crumbs I would suggest sticking to the fresh parmesan. Also, I used Great Value brand Italian seasoned bread crumbs and they were wonderful so keep your eye out for that if you're interested. If you are unable to pound the breasts and they are a bit thicker than a 1/4 of an inch, keep your heat on medium and slowly saute so the chicken will fully cook and you won't burn your crust.
One more thing, this may be obvious to many of you but DO NOT reuse any leftover flour or bread crumb mixtures in your stations. These mixes have come in contact with raw chicken and can contaminate anything you use it with. I hope you find this recipe as yummy as I did! Enjoy!