November 6th, 2010

I decided to switch up my usual blog post this week with a stop-motion video after I saw this video. If you like stop-motion videos, you should definitely check this one out (but check it out after you watch mine below so mine doesn’t seem so bad!). I attempted to mimic some of his ideas but, of course, mine definitely don’t measure up to his since this is the first time I have ever tried making one of these. All in all, I think my first stop-motion video actually turned out pretty well (especially since I didn’t have a tripod! I have to add that to my list of things to get). This was also the first time I made an entire music track in GarageBand, so I hope you enjoy the music in my video! On a side note, I wish YouTube videos had better quality images (mine always seem to look worse).

So why chicken parmesan for this week’s recipe? Well, quite frankly, I thought it would be fun to make a stop-motion film of it since there are a lot of different things going on in this recipe. Surprisingly, the recipe is actually super quick and easy, so it’s perfect for those times when you’re craving Italian food.

As most people know, chicken is an excellent source of protein that can help your metabolism. Out of all the other meats, chicken is known for having significantly less fat. Chicken breasts also happen to be the leanest part of the chicken, so you’re getting the best of the best with this recipe. For all the vegetarians out there, you can easily substitute the chicken in this recipe with tofu.

Something that is unique to mozzarella in comparison to other cheeses is its tryptophan, which helps regulate both your eating and sleeping patterns. Mozzarella’s high level of calcium helps maintain strong bones while its high level of phosphorus helps your body process calcium more efficiently.

While tomatoes have numerous health benefits, their high lycopene content makes them the most nutritionally beneficial. It is believed that lycopene is the most powerful antioxidant as it is shown to protect against several different types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Basil’s volatile oils help protect against unwanted bacterial growth while its flavonoids protect cell structures from radiation and other damage. Interestingly, basil’s strong taste is the reason that herbalists use basil for nausea and motion sickness because it promotes saliva production, which is necessary for digestion. Did you know that basil symbolizes love in Italy? I didn’t know that until after I made my video (and funny enough, I made a heart formation out of the basil in my video).

For those in need of a quick fix of Italian food, give this recipe a try! WK Tip: Complete your meal with a side salad.

Quick Chicken Parmesan
Adapted from Fine Cooking
Makes 1 serving

1/8 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 egg
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlet (about 3 ½ oz)
Kosher salt to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup freshly grated parmesan
3 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/3 small white onion, chopped (I used TJ’s pre-diced onions)
1 clove garlic, finally chopped
4 oz crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce (there’s a variety at TJ’s)
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Position rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly coat the foil with olive oil spray.

Mix the flour and pepper in a wide, shallow dish. In a second wide, shallow dish, lightly beat the egg with 1 tsp water. Put the panko in a third wide, shallow dish. Season the chicken with salt and coat each piece in the flour, tapping off the excess, then the egg, and then the panko, pressing the panko to help it adhere.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, cook the chicken, flipping once, until the crumbs are golden and the chicken is almost cooked through, 1-2 minutes per side, adding 1 tbsp more oil for the second batch. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chicken with the parmesan and then top evenly with the mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, wipe the pan clean and set over medium heat. Pour in the remaining tbsp of oil and then add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil. Serve the sauce over the chicken.

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6 Responses to “The Wiki Chicken Run: Quick Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Marisa says:

    Very cool video Brynn :) Looks delicious!

  2. Allison Zema says:

    Wow! I love that you were inspired by another video on the internet, but made it your own! It made the video interesting to watch and quite funny :] Very well done!

  3. Allison Zema says:

    P.S. I love your blog design. Very cute and appropriate :]
    Keep up the awesome work! I can’t wait to try your recipes :]

  4. Ryan Lam says:

    Hahaha, I liked how you made the chicken inch towards the flour. I’ve never seen an artistic cooking video before. It was very cool.

  5. John Longsword says:

    This looks sooooo gooood. Your food always looks great.

  6. Boo Da Bing Bing says:

    This looks so good, too. I can’t wait to try this one. And yes, the video.. it is.. AMAZING!