Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chicken Milanese...For One

I cook for myself most of the time. Sometimes I am just too lazy and stand in the kitchen and eat whatever is in the fridge or pantry. The other day I saw this post on The Kitchn and finally came up with a solution of what to do with that chicken breast that has been sitting in my freezer for a while. The thing I love about it most is that it has a lot of ingredients that are already in your kitchen and it's such a snap to prepare.

Chicken Milanese For One
(adapted from Everyday Food)

1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tbsp grated parmesean
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten with a splash of milk
Coarse salt and ground pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon, plus lemon wedges, for serving
handful baby spinach
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 small beefsteak tomato, sliced

In a bowl whisk together olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Add spinach and toss.

Place chicken breast between two large pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or bottom of a small heavy pan, pound until 1/2 inch thick. Use separate dishes and season flour, egg mixture, and breadcrumb and parmesean mixture. Coat chicken on both sides with flour (shake off excess), then dip in egg and milk mixture (shake off excess), then dredge in breadcrumbs.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet. Cook chicken over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Place chicken on plate and top with spinach, onions, and tomato. Serve with lemon wedges.

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