Thursday, September 29, 2011

Slacker: Barilla

I know I'm super late posting this, but I won the Barilla giveaway from Jessica a few weeks ago, and received a great box in the mail! Just the sauce in the box would have been enough, but there were coupons for FREE boxes of pasta, and FREE jars of sauce as well.  Although, I have to admit that the apron may have been the most practical item, since I'm a bit of a messy cook! 

One of our favorite recipes here for a quick 30 minute dinner is fake chicken parm.  It involves a little tupperware and some upper body strength, but the chicken bakes in just about 30 mins, add some pasta and a salad, and you're good to go! 

I apologize for this gross looking chicken - I didn't realize how slimy it looked until it was HUGE on the blog.  
Once you pound the chicken to about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch, it's time to bread it.  I usually end up breading my hand too, so I've started using a small pair of tongs as they're easier to clean.  
The breading goes flour, egg, then bread crumbs.  I use panko crumbs with parmesan cheese, and italian seasoning to help the chicken crisp up and allow the breading to have some flavor! 

I boiled the noodles and just topped them with the Barilla sauce, no extras needed! It was a great dinner, although there were a few too many dishes for Kevin's liking :) This is one we'll for sure do again - especially as we approach winter! 
*Ignore the piece in the back, I cut it in half because it was XXLarge chicken*
What's your favorite meal that's homey and delicious, without taking all day to make? 

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