Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmigiana

Things are certainly getting busier around our household which always indicates that spring is just around the corner. Baseball practice has begun, soccer is soon to begin, next school year's choices of elective classes have already been selected, piano recital pieces have been chosen and the sun is just starting to grace us with more daylight hours. Yippee!! Added to all that, my friend Sarah and I are marketing our new business, promoting our Easter cookie bouquets and baking and completing incoming orders. Whew, I'm practically worn out just sitting here thinking of all that needs to be accomplished these next few weeks. But, oohhh how I love watching my kids in their extra-curricular activities and the excitement building for our bakery is quite contagious. I believe that with all our busy-ness this season I'm going to be relying a bit more on my faithful slow-cookers to aid me in getting a home cooked meal on the table for our family.

Early this morning I realized that the meal I had planned to serve tonight simply wouldn't work with our evening commitments. I browsed through the pantry, checked what I had in the deep freeze, then grabbed one of my favorite slow-cooker cookbooks and searched for a recipe that called for ingredients that I had available. I chose this particular recipe because of it's simplicity and the fact that it sounded delicious to serve on this cold, sunny day. After picking my little girl up from kindergarten it took me less than 30 minutes to defrost the chicken, saute' it and get it into the crock-pot to cook for the remainder of the day. What a wonderful relief it is for me to know that however hectic our evening becomes, dinner is ready and waiting.

All my family LOVED this chicken! It was moist, cheesy and delicious served with our home grown green beans. Marty enjoyed a second serving and asked that I pack the leftovers up for him to take to work for lunch tomorrow. Ka-ching....another slow-cooker success!!

From the heart of my kitchen to yours, may your experience be fun and the food always flavorful. Enjoy!

Chicken Parmigiana

1 egg
1tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2-4 Tbsp. butter
14-oz. jar pizza sauce

1. Beat egg, salt and pepper together. Dip chicken into egg and coat with bread crumbs. Saute' chicken in butter in skillet. Arrange chicken in slow cooker.
2. Pour pizza sauce over chicken.
3. Cover. Cook on Low 6-8 hours. (Mine was done in 5 hours)
4. Layer mozzarella cheese over top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cook an additional 15 minutes.

Source: Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook


HoneyB said...

You know its good when they want the leftovers! LOL. Looks great!

Pamela said...

Gotta love the crock pot! Looks wonderful.

Rachel said...

I am a HUGE fan of crock pot recipes and can't wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I never cook with my crock-pot, and I am not sure why. This recipe definitely makes me want to try!

Elyse said...

I just recently got a slow cooker and have been looking for good recipes to make in it. This one sounds perfect!! Chicken parm is one of my favs, and yours looks absolutely scrumptious. Plus, I'm totally open to cutting down the usual time it takes to make this dish.

Sara said...

I love slow cooker meals, they're so easy and it's really nice to come home to a cooked dinner. I've never made chicken parmigiana in my slow cooker, but it sounds like a great idea.

Colleen said...

Oooh chicken parm I can make in a crockpot? Perfect! And thanks for visiting my blog!

teresa said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog, you've got some great stuff here. I'm a huge fan of the crockpot, adn this chicken looks great!

Melody said...

Definitely must try this recipe. It looks so good and saucy. Thanks!

Alyse said...

OMG I am totally making that this week! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chicken parm. And I just got a new slow cooker!

luvsclassics said...

Looks like a great idea for the slow-cooker; I passed along your website to my cousin who has a son in little league baseball also, although I may add to my growing list of recipes to cook.

Amber said...

Wow...I have never thought to make chicken parm in the crockpot! Great post..we eat chicken parm so often this is sure to take some time off my hands when soccer starts back up. :-)