Cheap & Easy Cooking with Mom!!

01/12/2011 03:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

More often then not, people who love food credit the alpha females in their lives for instilling in them the "taste" (if you will) for home cooked goodness. Turns out, I am no different then most people. Nothing tastes better to me then a meal cooked with love by my mom or one of my fabulous grandmothers who taught me to cook, eat and pander for attention. Need evidence? PLEASE SEE: my momma, the original gangsta. Love me? blame her! Hate me, blame her even more!!

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My mom's chicken Parmesan is a tried and true staple in our house. I happily pass it on to you and hope you'll pass it on to you and yours!!

Happy eating!

Suzy's Chicken Parm


-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-3 eggs, beaten

-2 cups Italian breadcrumbs

-24 oz jar of marinara sauce

-1 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

-1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

-1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese



-Preheat oven to 350

-Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Place on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap.

-Using a hammer or mallet, pound the chicken thin, just thin enough so the fibers aren't broken. Set chicken aside.

-In a bowl, crack 3 eggs and whisk with a fork.

-On a large plate, spread 2 cups of breadcrumbs.

-Prepare chicken: Dip each chicken breast in egg, then in the breadcrumbs. Coat on both sides. Place breaded pieces on a clean plate. Repeat for each piece of chicken.

-Over medium heat, melt 1 to 2 Tbsp of butter. Saute one piece of chicken at a time, about 3-4 minutes on each side or until the crust is golden brown. Remove to clean plate.

-Repeat sauteing step, adding a little more butter each time.

-One each piece of chicken is sauteed, butter a large Pyrex (glass baking dish) and place chicken inside, one single layer.

-Pour marinara sauce over chicken. Top with cheese. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is nice and bubbly.

Serve with pasta, with salad, on a sandwich or alone. Save in tupper-ware in the fridge