Doug and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary this week. You might ask, "What on earth do I care about this lady's anniversary?" LOL.
PARMESAN CHICKEN TIME!
I have made Parmesan Chicken, various ways, throughout our marriage - on our anniversary. By now, I wouldn't want to have an anniversary without my homemade Parmesan Chicken. (Eating out is overrated LOL.) We have lots of good memories of me successfully (and unsuccessfully) learning to make this really good meal!
Funny how as time passes you learn to roll with the punches.
As a newlywed with NO STOVE, I made this meal using a microwave. Sounds gross to me now, but we loved it. But then, at 18 and 20 years old, we didn't know much better LOL.
As time passed, I made this recipe in the oven, slaving over the stove putting "love" into it as it baked and bubbled in the oven on lazy weekends at home.
Next, I found myself working 30 minutes away from home. Commuting and being gone 11 hours each day. I found a better way to make this well loved recipe. I posted that method here on this blog and it HIT IT BIG! In fact, my recipe has been featured as one of the top 25 most pinned crockpot chicken recipes, which I found really AWESOME! You can find it featured on My Natural Family - HERE.
More time passed and I was still not finding enough time in my mornings. No matter how much I did the night before, prepared, organized, I still needed to shave off more time (and dirty dishes) from my mornings.
I tried a new method for making Crockpot Chicken Parmesan. DING-DING-DING! WINNER-WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER! (Literally lol)!
This recipe involves literally placing frozen chicken in the crockpot, sprinkling with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, dumping on either some tomato sauce and sprinkling with spices, or dumping on some jarred spaghetti sauce. Turn it on - DONE! It doesn't get much easier than this. No dredging, shaking bags, dealing with more mess than necessary. Woo hoo! It's dreamy!
I made Parmesan Chicken this way on Tuesday - our actual 31st anniversary- and it just turns out FANTASTIC! My sweet hubby decided after eating it for our anniversary dinner that he was keeping me for a few more years LOL. Am I lucky or what?
Here's my newest, easiest method ever for making Crockpot Parmesan Chicken-Dump Method - AT HOME MY WAY:
Crockpot Parmesan Chicken-
Easy Dump Method
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use frozen because we are gone 11 hours during the day and it has plenty of time to cook. Needs 8-10 hours, if chicken is frozen)
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I use the kind in the green can.)
- 2 jars spaghetti sauce
- Mozzarella cheese (grated) (add after all cooked)
Place chicken in crockpot, sprinkling around each piece with some seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Sprinkle any remaining crumbs/parmesan cheese after all the chicken has been layed in the crockpot.
Dump on the spaghetti sauce.
Place the lid on the crockpot.
TURN ON LOW.
COOK ALL DAY - AT LEAST 8-10 HOURS.
At end of this cooking period, heat your water for pasta. At boiling, place the pasta in (I use penne), salt the water, and start cooking. When the water starts to boil again, place the grated mozzarella over your chicken/sauce in the crockpot and replace the lid.
When the pasta is finished, the cheese will be melted, and dinner is SERVED!
2. Sprinkle each piece with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
3. Dump on the sauce of your choice. This time I used plain seasoned tomato sauce with garlic powder & oregano/salt & pepper:
4. PLUG IN THE CROCKPOT, PLACE THE LID ON, AND TURN ON LOW - FOR 8-10 HOURS (if using frozen meat):
5. All cooked. Take a look at that yumminess!
6. I place the mozzarella on while my pasta is cooking and let it melt.
7. Dive on in there! Get yourself some!