My quick and easy chicken parmesan is the perfect weeknight meal. With the help of a few store-bought ingredients, you can have a delicious dinner on the table in about 30 minutes!
Sometimes, getting dinner on the table is a challenge throughout the week, so I’m excited to share with you this quick and easy chicken parmesan recipe I whipped up a few nights ago!
I’m a fan of taking some help from the store, especially on nights when I need a delicious, healthy meal – quick! Luckily, brands like Tyson® and Barilla® offer all-natural foods that I can feel good about serving my family.
You can pick up everything you need for this recipe at your local Publix. I LOVE shopping at Publix because they always have what I need at a great price!
Tip: The upcoming Publix Advantage Buy flyer will have a coupon for $3.00 off when you buy any (1) Tyson® Chicken Strips, Tenderloins, or Fillets 25 oz (frozen) AND any (1) Barilla® Pasta Sauce 24 oz AND any (1) Barilla® Pasta 8-16 oz. So, buy all three products in one purchase, and you’ll save $3 – sweet! This coupon will be valid from February 13 through March 4, 2016, and the Advantage Buy flyers should be on the same stand as the weekly ads at your local Publix.
There aren’t very many jarred pasta sauces that I like, but Barilla® Marinara Sauce is one of my favorites, and I always have a jar or two in my pantry for quick dinners. It has the perfect balance of tomatoes, spices, and herbs. There’s a reason it’s Italy’s #1 brand of pasta sauce.
Barilla® sauce is all-natural, no preservatives, gluten-free, and kosher – winning!
And since I don’t have time to bread and fry chicken throughout the week, I used Tyson® Parmesan Herb Crispy Chicken Strips which cook up in just 18 minutes, are perfectly crispy, and they’re real chicken!! Also, Tyson® chickens are raised with no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics – which is awesome!
And of course, you can’t have chicken Parmesan without pasta, so I grabbed a box of Barilla® fettuccine to go with it. I’m neurotic when it comes to how my pasta is cooked. I just won’t even eat pasta that’s been cooked too long. It’s mushy, has no texture – it’s just yuk. Barilla pasta always cooks up perfectly al dente, which means “firm to the bite”. Just be sure to follow the directions given on the package…and don’t overcook it!
The only other ingredients I used were freshly grated parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and fresh Italian parsley. If you don’t have fresh herbs, they’re totally optional!
You might notice that there’s not any melted cheese on top of the chicken, and that’s because we prefer it with just Parmesan. As I’ve mentioned many times before on the site, I think cheese is overused and most varieties don’t have enough flavor to justify the fat and calories in them. So instead of smothering this with mozzarella (which has very little flavor, in my opinion), I add freshly grated Parmesan cheese which has a ton of flavor! Also, use a good quality Parmesan. It makes a world of difference!
I also used a lot of fresh herbs, which added a fresh, bright flavor to the dish – and make it look pretty ;). I was able to have the whole meal on the table in less than 30 minutes, and my family loved it!
Preheat the oven to 425°F. While the oven is preheating, arrange the chicken strips on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for quick and easy cleanup. When the oven is preheated, bake the chicken for 18 – 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
While the chicken is baking, cook your pasta according to the directions on the package and drain well. Also, add the sauce to a small pan over medium-low heat to get hot.
When the pasta is drained, toss it with a little olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange the pasta on the platter you’ll be using to serve the dish.
When the chicken is done cooking, arrange it on top of your pasta, and spoon some sauce over each piece.
The amount of sauce you use is really up to you. Presentation is important to me, so I don’t like to completely drown the chicken with sauce. Instead, I serve extra sauce on the side for those who want it.
Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top of each piece of chicken followed by a healthy amount of fresh basil and Italian parsley.
For more ideas on how you can use Tyson and Barilla for quick meals, be sure to check out the Meals Made Easy With Tyson and Barilla Pinterest board!Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson® and Barilla®. All opinions are entirely my own.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson® and Barilla®. The opinions and text are all mine.