Firey Chicken

filed under: Food + Drink on November 18, 2009
Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

It was soooo good! I used this recipe as a base.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Parmesan
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 7 ounces seasoned bread crumbs
  • 6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces pasta sauce
  • 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Pour beaten eggs into a shallow dish or bowl. In another bowl, mix together the grated Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

  3. Dip raw chicken breasts into beaten egg, then into bread crumb mixture to coat.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
  5. Add coated chicken and saute for about 8 to 10 minutes each side, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

  6. Pour tomato sauce into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
  7. Add chicken, then place a slice of Monterey Jack cheese over each breast, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.


The other night my kids were I were playing Word World on the computer and I heard a loud boom.  I looked out the window and saw a huge fire coming from the old school house across the field from us.

So, being the totally normal and sane mom that I am, I quick got the kids all bundled up in coats and shoes and grabbed my camera and rushed right to the fire.

After our 5 minute walk over there (by way of a field, over a barbed wire fence, through thick trees and brush) we came upon this.


A van had exploded in the middle of an apartment building parking lot!

*Please forgive my horribly blurry and out of focus and poorly lit pictures.  I was holding a baby (and sometimes a three year old) and trying to stay out of the way all while still being a nosy lady with a camera.

This was when they aimed the hose right at the engine of the van.

(I seriously did not get one single picture that wasn’t blurry)

We left after about 20 minutes… they had still not gotten the fire out.  But I had left dinner in the oven… so I figured it would be best to not have two fires in our neighborhood in one night!


Speaking of dinner… I tried a new recipe and just had to share it with you.


Glorious Chicken Parmesan.

It was soooo good!  I used this recipe as a base.

For the oil I used sun dried tomato infused extra virgin olive oil (with organic tomatoes from our garden), Italian seasoned bread crumbs, and 1 tbsp. ground red pepper.  (that’s a lot I know)

For the tomato sauce I used some of our organic canned whole tomatoes and just added a can of organic tomato paste to thicken it up.

The breading was crispy and flavorful, the sauce tasted fresh and savory, and the chicken was moist and distinctively delectable.

Plus… it was FAST and easy!!


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  • BJ_Mama says:

    HAHA!! I would totally do the same thing…but act like we just “happened to be out for a stroll…”

  • Bethany says:

    You are hilarious. I don’t think I would have the guts to walk over there with my kids. Was everyone okay?
    The chicken parm looks fabulous. I’d come over for leftovers if, you know, it wasn’t rude to invite yourself over to other people’s houses.
    Have a great day!

  • Dea says:

    Wow thats kinda crazy- do you know why the van blew up? Props to you for bein brave enough to check it out, i would feel to silly to do so! lol. And boy does that look yummy…!

  • Tina Fisher says:

    I love that first picture of the fire and of the food….looks delious! Are you still using the macro lense for the food picture?
    Yummy….we’re coming for dinner!

  • Sonya says:

    My goodness! That is kind of scary.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    The pictures were still very cool. We had chicken parmesan last night too. We really are BBFF’s.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    The pictures were still very cool. We had chicken parmesan last night too. We really are BBFF’s.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    The pictures were still very cool. We had chicken parmesan last night too. We really are BBFF’s.

  • shannon says:

    ok, a) of all, that food looks AMAZING. feel free to come over to my house and cook dinner…um…EVERYDAY! 🙂 b) of all, the van exploded!? wow, was everyone alright? that’s crazy! and i would have been right there, too. taking pictures, juggling kids. you’re funny!

  • Jenney says:

    How fun for your kids! Mine love a good catastrophe :o)

  • Laura says:

    Okay, I’m still freaking out about the van a little bit, eek! What the craziness!! And Chicken parm is one of my FAVS of all time, yummmmmmy! Also of course I want to be part of Stellan’s Bible, do I need to email you or will I have a chance to grab it quick before you send it off?

  • carma says:

    what model van was it so I don’t buy one in the future! I wonder if there was something nefarious going on with it – maybe a mobile meth lab or something…hmmm

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    lol  I have no idea the model… bugt I am lol about the nefarious comment.  Mostly cause I have to look up nefarious. 😉
    I think it was a carpet cleaning van…there was a long hose going from the can into the building, so I think it was running when it exploded.  No one was hurt!  Except the guy making payments on the van. 😉

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    You are added to the list! 🙂

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Wow – what drama! That would be pretty scary!
    The chicken parm looks amazing…I am hungry and wishing I had that in front of me right now!!
    Ok question though…do you eat off of those pretty white plates all the time or do you just have some for “photographic” shots like that one?
    May seem like a silly question but in all honesty I was considering doing just that so I had a blank canvas to use for pictures! 🙂
    Blessings, Kristin

  • bp says:

    That supper looks so yummy!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Those are my everyday white plates… I use them for every single meal… every holiday… everything!  We got them at Target! 🙂

  • Karen@SurvivingMotherhood says:

    You are such a cool mom. *grin* How many boys can say their mom climbs over fences so they can get a close look at a burning van???
    I am in agreement. The chicken looks great!

  • jenny says:

    that chicken looks wonderful…thanks for the pics and receipe. I love to see the food before I make it. I don’t do well with receipes that don’t have pics, silly I know. But this looks great, will be trying this.

  • Margaret says:

    If I’d seen a fire from my house, I would have grabbed my camera and done the same thing you did!
    I’m a little jealous with your cooking abilities! However…since I haven’t had an oven since I’ve been married (over 13 years) I don’t see my abilities improving any. lol

  • gianna says:

    that looks so delicious! oh, my goodness! you make the best food! i love that you hauled all your kids outside with you to watch the fire. that cracks me up!

  • Pineapple Princess says:

    That recipe looks seriously SO GOOD!

  • The Wifey says:

    *goes to the kitchen*

  • LolaCooks says:

    This looks really yummy! mmmm

  • Matt says:

    Looks really yummy, thanks for the recipe.