19 Mar

Chicken Parmesan Lasagna







Okay , So this is a good week night dinner that only takes about 45 min total. Not that you will be busy the whole 45 min. there will be plenty of time to sip some wine , set the table , sip some wine

put some  FRANK and DEAN  on the  music machine and oh yeah………. sip some wine.



½ package thin spaghetti – cooked half way and drained


5 Oz Garlic croutons   gc

extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic – smashed and minced

1 Tsp oregano

2 lb. chicken breasts –  cut into strips

5 – 8 fresh basil leaves –   CHIFFONADE  —-you should be able to find them in a little pot  basil      or like this bas

A demonstration of the chiffonade technique, using sage leaves

Chiffonade (French pronunciation: ​[ʃi.fɔ.nad]) is a chopping technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and basil) are cut into long, thin strips.[1] This is accomplished by stacking leaves, rolling them tightly, then slicing the leaves perpendicular to the roll.[2] The technique can also be applied to crepes or thin omelets to produce strips.

This technique is unsuited to small, narrow, or irregularly shaped herb leaves such as coriander, parsley, thyme, or rosemary due to there being less surface area for the knife to do a practical job.

“Chiffonade” means little ribbons in French, referring to the little ribbons you create while cutting.

3 cups tomato sauce – if you don’t have your own then this will be the next best   pnm

2 cups of freshly grated mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese

Flat Italian Parsley – A  good handful chopped



Start a big pot of water to the boil. Add some salt

Preheat oven to 350′

Open the  crouton bag just alittle  ,  to let air out  ( the why will become obvious if you choose to omit this step ….. go get you broom ! )


Use a meat mallet or small frying pan and slightly crush croutons , Just a little . you do not want a fine powder. I guess you could also roll over them with a rolling pin.

Drizzle olive oil in to a 9 x 13 baking dish

toss the chicken with garlic , oregano , salt , pepper , and stir well.

Cook spaghetti 1/2 way  . !/2 of what it calls for on the box. You DO NOT  want these done al dente.

Drain spaghetti and spread evenly on the bottom og the baking dish

Spread chicken down next.

Spread Basil leaves on top of chicken

Pour tomato sauce on top of chicken

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Leave oven on , remove dish from oven . Spread 1/2 of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese evenly over the sauce

Next sprinkle croutons over the cheese,

Finish sprinkling cheese over the top of the croutons.

Return dish to oven for another 16 minutes until cheese has melted

Remove dish from oven , sprinkle with parsley and let cool for 10 minutes,

Cut into squares , serve with some fresh Italian bread from the deli and a glass of Red.


Eat and Enjoy !



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