What you'll need
- 4 boneless chicken breasts - cut horizontally into 2 cutlets (yields 8)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ grated Parmesan cheese - plus 1/4 for garnish
- 24 whole basil leaves
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1 cup grapeseed oil (I did not use this)
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- ¼ cup chopped parsley (I did not use this)
- Kosher Salt & Pepper
Place the chicken cutlets on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Using a meat millet, pound until it's about ¼ inch thick.
This is where you are going to start to have a lot of plates - at least I did. Remove the plastic wrap and evenly season the cutlets with salt and pepper. Take 2 tablespoons of mozzarella & Parmesan and sprinkle on one side. Then you want to add basil leaves - depending on size about 2-3 on one side of the chicken.
Roll the chicken up and secure with a toothpick. I'll admit this is probably the toughest part because the chicken is a bit slippery and all the cutlets are different sizes, so just take your time here! Once those are all set, place flour, eggs and bread crumbs into 3 shallow bowls - you can add a little salt and pepper to the bread crumbs and flour. This is the order you'll want to dip:
Once you've done all the dipping - in a pan over medium heat add the oils. Like I mentioned, I only used EVOO. Carefully place 4 rolls at a time in the oil and fry on each side for about 3 minutes - then repeat with the other 4.
After you've fried the 8 pieces transfer them over to a baking sheet until they register to be at least 160° - the book says 5 minutes, that was a little too short for me so I actually kept them in there for 20 minutes and they were cooked to perfection. If you're super weird about your meat - I highly suggest this digital thermometer fork - I use it all the time because I'm incredibly weary about how well done my meat is. Meaning I want to be 100% positive it's cooked!
Once removed from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes and warm the marinara sauce. Add the sauce and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. I served it with a side of green beans, but you can choose anything you'd like - maybe even add some garlic bread as well! All that's left is to enjoy - oh and this meal is everyone approved and makes for great leftovers!
Are you a fan of chicken parm?