Healthier Chicken Parm
Without breading or frying, this still has all the taste a good chicken parm should.
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, butterflied
a couple lugs of olive oil
strained roasted tomatoes from Bloody Mary mix
block of parmesan
1 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 basil leaves, chiffonade
large ball of fresh mozzarella
freshly ground pepper
1. For the chicken: Place chicken breast between parchment paper and pound with a mallet until about 1/4 of an inch thin. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Fire up a grill (or a grill pan) over medium high heat (the grill adds nice flavor.) Cook the chicken for about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking dish.
2. For the sauce: Heat lug of olive oil and 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic in pan over medium heat. Cook for about a minute until the garlic softens and becomes fragrant. Add strained roasted tomatoes, turn heat down and cook on low for about 10 minutes, until the sauce is infused.
3. Grate a dusting of parmesan cheese over the cooked chicken breast. Top with a thick layer of the tomato sauce. Add the basil and another dusting of parm. Top with 2-4 slices of fresh mozzarella (enough to cover) and another dusting of parm. Place under the broiler until golden brown.
Jim says this is based on the Rosy Deacon, a classic cocktail from the Stan Jones’ Complete Bar Guide. Upon sampling it, a friend suggested he “round it out” which is when the absinthe came in. As he puts it, “The Green Fairy did the rest.”
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