Crispy Chicken Parmigiana

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Makes 2 serves

For Napoli sauce

  • quarter of a large brown onion
  • half a tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • half a tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dry mixed herbs
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • half a tsp sugar
  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • salt and pepper

For chicken parmigiana

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • half a cup of plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 1 and a half cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan
  • prosciutto
  • mozzarella


  1. To make the Napoli sauce, roughly chop the onion and begin sweating it in a hot, oiled pot. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, before adding the tomato paste and cooking it out for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the dry herbs and the chopped tomatoes. Stir and simmer for a few minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove from heat and blitz to desired consistency. Finely chop the basil and add it and the sugar into the sauce and stir. Set aside.
  4. Butterfly the chicken breasts. To crumb it, put the flour into a bowl or tray; whisk the eggs and milk together in another bowl; and put the breadcrumbs and parmesan into a third bowl. Place the chicken into the flour first and ensure it is well coated. Transfer it to the egg wash, then to the breadcrumbs. If desired, transfer back to the egg wash and then to the breadcrumbs again for a double coating.
  5. When crumbed, put roughly half a centimetre of oil into a pan and heat it. When hot, carefully put the chicken into the oil and cook the first side for about 1 minute. Turn over and cook the other side for about the same amount of time, until the chicken is a light golden colour all over.
  6. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towel to get rid of excess oil. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°c/400°f. Put the chicken on a tray and top with a few spoons of Napoli sauce. Add some prosciutto and mozzarella cheese on top and place in the oven for 4-5 minutes. Finish under the grill until the cheese turns light brown and bubbly.
  7. Serve hot with a side salad or hot chips.

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