We seem to eat a lot of sandwiches in my house. I think just about anything can be put between two slices of good bread and turned into something really satisfying. This is one of those. If you like the classic chicken parmesan dinner, then this is your go to sandwich. The chicken is breaded in a tasty coating then pan fried until crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. It’s topped with marinara sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and nestled between two lightly toasted buns. It makes a great lunch or dinner, especially when paired with chips or crispy fries.
Here’s what you need:
*sturdy hamburger buns
*2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half (this will make 4 servings)
*3/4 cup flour
*1 cup panko bread crumbs
*1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
*1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp cracked pepper
*2 tsp dried basil
*1 tsp. dried Thyme
*2 tsp oregano
*2 tsp. dried parsley
*1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
*2 eggs, beaten
* olive or canola oil
*shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend cheese
Warm the marinara sauce and simmer until ready to use.
Place chicken breasts 2 at a time in a sealable bag and pound until even thickness.
This makes a great stress reliever. I also noticed while doing this, hubby never seems to venture into the kitchen….maybe I get a tab bit carried away?
In a shallow bowl or rimmed plate mix flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
In a second shallow bowl add the beaten eggs
In a third shallow bowl or rimmed plate mix panko bread crumbs, basil, Thyme, oregano, parsley and parmesan cheese.
Dredge chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour.
Finally, dredge the chicken in the panko mixture coating both sides.
Heat a cast iron pan on medium high heat (you do not have to use cast iron, but I do not recommend a non stick pan because you will not get a good sear on the chicken). Add just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, slowly add the chicken.
Turn down the heat to medium and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook another 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and no longer pink on the inside. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels if needed. Do not let the chicken sit too long on the paper towels or the coating will not be as crispy.
While the chicken is cooking preheat the broiler.
Place the hamburger buns on to a baking sheet. Spread a thin amount of butter on to the tops of each bun.
Place the chicken on the bottom half of the bun.
Spoon some of the marinara sauce over the chicken.
Then top with desired amount of cheese.
Place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the tops of the buns are lightly toasted.
Place the tops of the buns over the cheese and serve.