September 25, 2022

AllRecipes.com Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: John Somerall

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, or more as needed
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or more if needed
  • ½ cup olive oil for frying, or as needed
  • ½ cup prepared tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup grated provolone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1: Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  • Step 2: Place chicken breasts between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/2-inch. Season chicken thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  • Step 3: Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Step 4: Mix bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl, set aside.
  • Step 5: Place flour in a sifter or strainer; sprinkle over chicken breasts, evenly coating both sides.
  • Step 6: Dip a flour-coated chicken breast in beaten eggs. Transfer breast to the bread crumb mixture, pressing crumbs into both sides. Repeat for each breast. Let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Step 7: Heat 1/2 inch olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Cook chicken in the hot oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven.
  • Step 8: Transfer chicken to a baking dish. Top each breast with 2 tablespoons tomato sauce. Layer each chicken breast with equal amounts of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and provolone cheese. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan over top and drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Step 9: Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook’s Note:

Use high-quality prepared tomato sauce for a better end result. You may substitute pesto or dried Italian herbs of your choice for basil, or omit entirely.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 471 calories; Protein 42.1g; Carbohydrates 24.8g; Fat 24.9g; Cholesterol 186.7mg; Sodium 840.3mg.

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