Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

These days, I’ve been needing easy-does-it on the weeknights. My mom readers are no strangers to struggling to get dinner on the table some nights, and I’ve definitely had practice in that arena lately! Nevermind the holiday rush. Gifts are bought, our home is twinkling with Christmas cheer, and I’m ready to enjoy the beauty of the season before it hurries near. Just as soon as I tackle all these looming deadlines and projects due before year-end!

But, let’s be real. I get to do my job in my pajamas (if you could see me now), so that’s a plus.

It’s dinners like these that are SO comforting and simple for me to whip up with what’s on hand. And they really, truly help on busy weeknights that still call for something homemade.

Now, we also have nights, like last Sunday for instance, that call for spicy mac ‘n cheese, hot dogs and movies on the couch! Ohhh, how wonderful that is. But, since those are few and far between, I try to get a delish (and healthy) dinner on the table, where we can sit and chat about our days. Even if it’s in cozy pajamas.

The sweet-salty flavors in this fresh and delicious meal are reminiscent of summer to me, which I’m learning to love in Austin. Since we can still find juicy grape tomatoes, I decided to take advantage and toss them with balsamic vinegar and garlic, pop ‘em in the oven to roast, and fry up a few parmesan chicken cutlets to compliment their flavors!

After all, this dish is all about the tomatoes.

This is one of my absolute favorite ways to cook chicken, and a recipe I crave on a weekly basis. I can’t quite tell if hubby is really on board with it, or just smiling through his second plate of it in one week! The man tolerates so much, I tell ya. Heh.

You’re really going to love this dish, and I bet even more than we do. The crispy, tender chicken has so much flavor on its own, but add a slice of provolone or mozzarella if you wanna cheese it up! Topped with the soft, sweet balsamic roasted tomatoes, this is one delicious dinner that falls into the “dreamy” category in my book. It makes great leftovers the next day, too!

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

For Crispy Parmesan Chicken:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 (4 ounce) chicken cutlets, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed of fat
Salt and pepper
7 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese, optional
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

For Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes:
1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of Italian seasoning

Directions:

For Crispy Parmesan Chicken:

Spread flour in a shallow dish. Beat eggs in a second shallow dish. Combine panko and Parmesan in a third shallow dish. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Working 1 cutlet at a time, dredge cutlets in flour, dip in egg, then coat with panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere.

Heat 3 Tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet set to medium heat. Once hot, cook 2 cutlets at a time until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and place in a warm oven (170-200 degrees) to keep warm. Repeat with 3 Tablespoons oil and remaining cutlets.

If desired, place sliced cheese on top of chicken cutlets before placing in warm oven.

Before serving, top with warm balsamic roasted tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley.

For Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and olive oil on a medium baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender. Halfway through cooking, give the pan a gentle shake to coat tomatoes in balsamic mixture. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Serve warm over chicken cutlets.

Enjoy!

      

30 Responses to “Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes”

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    easyfoodsmith — December 4, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    Yum! That is totally my kind of food. Love the simplicity of this chicken…it really helps all the flavors to shine through. Beautiful dish.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 4, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    I love how easy and simple this is! I just need to stock up on some chicken cutlets and I’m set!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 4, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    The perfect weeknight or weekend dinner meal, Georgia! So flavorful yet so easy and a great winter comfort meal. Beautiful photography. And, cheers to working in PJs!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — December 4, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    not sure what I love more- the fantastically perfectly cooked chicken or that extreme tomato topping! Delicious

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 4, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I laughed reading about how you do your job in your PJs. Because, umm… it’s rare I get out of my yoga pants and big cozy lounge-around sweaters everyday.

    This crispy parm chicken looks incredible Georgia! And it’s so simple to make. I want it for breakfast. ;)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 4, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    This looks like an amazing quick and easy meal! Love these flavors!

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    Marcie — December 4, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I love the sound of the balsamic roasted tomatoes, Georgia! Since tomatoes aren’t too flavorful right now, this is a great way to enjoy them. That crispy chicken with the cheese sounds utterly delicious, too!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 4, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    What a mouthwatering dish, i love the balsamic tomatoes!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — December 4, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Looks so amazing, the balsamic makes everything so special. A perfect weeknight meal for sure.
    Hope you are doing well my dear.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 4, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    mmmm yes, def. a perfect dinner!!!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — December 4, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    This looks so simple, yet seriously perfect for weeknight dinners! I love the cheesy addition ;)

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    The Café Sucre Farine — December 4, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous dinner Georgia and so easy to put together. I love that the grape tomatoes are quite tasty all year long.

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — December 4, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    We often repeat our favorite dishes twice in the same week! Doesn’t happen all the time, but it sure happens.;-) This looks terrific – a real winner. Love this! Thanks so much.

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — December 4, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    I love chicken parmesan, especially when it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — December 5, 2013 @ 4:57 am

    Even those of us who are past the little children stage still want easy weeknight meals and this is a winner.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — December 5, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    i wish i had your job sometimes :( hate dressing up esp in this cold weather. I am totally up for this kind of dinner. pinning it.

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    DessertForTwo — December 5, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    My husband would LOVE this recipe. I love crispy chicken any day of the week :)

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — December 5, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    This looks so delicious, and it’s funny because I was just talking about how a crispy chicken is one of my favorite weeknight go-to meals. Love the grape tomato topping!

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    Monet — December 5, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    Um yes! Can I please have this on my table right now? That’s how easy I need my meals to be. Haha! These look so good Georgia! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

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    Ramona — December 6, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    You are way better than I was when I was pregnant… I had to depend on a lot of meals from my Mom, take out and frozen meals. This looks like an amazing meal. :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 6, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    Got the ingredients and make this this weekend!!! I already know we will enjoy this and this will be in our favorite routine!

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    Carrian — December 6, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    YUM! This does remind me of summer! I love it! It looks delicious!

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    Honey What's Cooking — December 7, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    That’s so great you can work from home. I work from home once a week, but I guess everyday can get too much for me. But it’s great to have that benefit especially while you’re prego. Love this dish.. I love chicken parm!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 8, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Easy is meals are a must during my busy work week. This looks fantastic. Pinned!

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    Danica — February 6, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Made this last night and it was delicious!!

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    Hannah — February 9, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    Can I use chicken breast?

    • Georgia — February 9th, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

      Yes, just cut the chicken breasts in half, and pound each into thin cutlets.

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    Rebecca — February 9, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    how can the chicken only be cooked for 4 minutes? i always have to cook mine a lot longer cause its raw….

    • Georgia — February 9th, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

      The cutlets are very thin, so they cook quickly. Obviously, if yours need more time, continue until yours are fully cooked.

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    Katie — March 22, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    Made this for supper tonight… Fantastic! Adding this one to my arsenal!

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