Monday 23 October 2017

Chicken breast with parmesan, tomatoes & mozzarella (Petto di pollo alla Parmigiana)

3 aubergines, about 200g each, cut lengthways into 0.5cm slices

4 tbsps olive oil, plus extra for brushing

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsps skimmed milk

60g freshly grated Parmesan

60g breadcrumbs, toasted

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 100g each

1 large onion, finely sliced

1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

100g mozzarella, drained and sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Contains: 349 calories, 16.7g fa,t 6g

saturates, 6.7g sugars, 1g salt. Serves six.

1 Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and pre-heat the grill to hot. Pour two litres of water into a large saucepan with a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil.

2 Cook the aubergines in the boiling water for two minutes and drain. Allow to cool slightly, then pat dry with kitchen paper and place on a baking tray. Brush with a little oil and cook under a hot grill for two minutes on each side until browned.

3 Mix the egg and milk together. Mix the Parmesan and breadcrumbs together. Dip each chicken breast in the egg mixture then coat with the Parmesan breadcrumbs.

4 Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the coated breasts for two minutes on each side until coloured. Drain on kitchen paper. Heat the remaining olive oil in a medium saucepan and fry the onion for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Tip in the tomatoes with the oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together and continue to cook for a further five minutes.

5Spoon the tomato mixture into a two-litre shallow ovenproof dish and place the chicken breasts on top. Cover with overlapping layers of aubergine and mozzarella then top with any remaining Parmesan breadcrumbs.

Cook, uncovered, in the centre of the oven for 35 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot.

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