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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Italian Chicken with Peperonata & Noodles - Crazy Cooking Challenge

I was excited to find out this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge was Fried Chicken! You know being a Southern girl, I love me some fried chicken! Mmmmm hmmmm! I had a few ideas of which recipe to make, but hadn't really settled on any one in particular. Did I want to make a traditional flour breading, a spicy breading ... breadcrumbs, panko ... cornmeal - maybe some kind of wings?! Too many choices! When Tina emailed us to let us know we pretty much had free reign with this challenge - I was even more excited! I scrapped all the other recipe ideas and decided to make my Italian Chicken with Peperonata & Noodles! You can thank me later! Seriously - this stuff is impressive, but easy! Don't be intimidated with the idea of making your own sauce ... time is the key ingredient - but it is so simple to make (and even better to eat)! ;)

Italian Chicken with Peperonata & Noodles
Yield: 4 servings

For the Peperonata & Noodles:
olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, undrained
salt & pepper to taste
chicken broth
Fresh basil, chopped - handful
Fresh Italian parsley, chopped - handful
1 lb. thin spaghetti noodles

*Please note, this is not a "quick" recipe ... good sauces take time, but it is worth the effort!

In a large saucepan, heat a few swirls of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.  Add the chopped red bell pepper, tomatoes and salt & pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, until the peppers are soft. Break up the tomatoes as they cook. Add chicken broth as necessary. Just before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Add the basil and Italian parsley to the peperonata - check for seasoning and adjust, if necessary.

For the chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg
2 tbsp. water
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
olive oil, for frying

In a pie pan, combine the egg and 2 tbsp. of water. In a separate pie plate, combine the panko, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt & pepper. Cover chicken pieces with plastic wrap and pound out until thin - about 1/4-in" thick. In a large deep skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Dip a chicken piece in the egg mixture, coating both sides well - then into the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides well. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Add chicken to the pan - do not overcrowd and fry in batches if necessary. Flip once - frying until golden brown on both sides - about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Drain well.

Serve hot with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Crusty bread would be a great accompaniment to this dish!

I hope you enjoy!

P.S. If you can't get enough of the fried chicken theme, please check out some of the other participants!  I know they would love to share their recipes with you as well! :)


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  1. Sounds yummy. I love that it's fried in olive oil!

  2. Looks delicious. I do a very similar coating, I use corn flake crumbs instead of panko, when I bake my chicken so I know that yours is one delicious recipe. Your peperonata & noodles looks wonderful too.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry Copycat "KFC" Original Recipe Fried Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. Love that you changed it up and went Italian. Looks fabulous!

  4. This is making me hungry! It looks wonderful!

    Have a great weekend!


  5. That looks like a meal my whole family would love!

  6. What a yummy looking dinner!!! My mouth is watering as I'm starving over here!! Thanks for sharing!

    #1 here!

  7. That chicken sounds yummy and I know the hubby would love the peperonata!

  8. Yum!! I love using Panko for the breading ... such a great texture.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #7)

  9. Everything about your post looks delicious!


  10. Yum, I like the sound of this chicken. My family would love this recipe.

  11. This looks so delicious. The sauce look so good. Stopping by from CCC#45.

  12. Wow, what a delicious twist on the classic fried chicken...yours looks DELISH!

  13. This sounds so good! I'm going to have to put this on my menu for the week!! CCC #47

  14. I love using panko in dishes. Great SRC pick!

    I'm #10 :)

  15. Gosh. Everything about this sounds fantastic! I'm glad you shared this with See Ya In the Gumbo. My son will love it!

  16. I am always looking for good chicken recipes! I am pinning this later. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  17. I love using Panko! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  18. Fried chicken really goes well with pasta. My Nagoya style chicken is #54.

  19. This is one of those recipes that make you instantly crave it. I wish it was lunch and you were here to make this for me. :) THanks for sharing at our party.

  20. I love me some fried chicken also! All kinds! Your's looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 42. I hope to see you again each week. <3 and hugs!

    p.s. Love having the Fried Chicken Challenge on your link. <3 and hugs!

  21. Yum, yum! Your fried chicken looks delish. I love that you used chicken breasts.

  22. Jamie,
    I totally missed the cooking challenge this month because we were out of town but everything looks amazing and I can't wait to try all the recipes. Your Italian chicken looks amazing and right up my alley. Thanks for linking up to Creative Thursday :)

  23. Sounds yum! Thanks for sharing :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  24. LOL! I already checked this out. It caught my eye earlier at another blog hop and I clicked in to it. I laughed when I saw it was my friend. You are always a great cook. Did I tell you that Italian food is really my favorite and your red sauce on this looks divine:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

  25. Your recipe sounds super delicious!

  26. Italian dishes always appeal to me. This looks delicious.

  27. Great chicken
    I found this via Simple Living with Diane Balch. I linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a super week.

  28. This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back next week!

  29. Great recipes! Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  30. I already got this one pinned & everything :) YAY for CCC! Can't wait to see what cheesecake recipe you finally decided on tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up to Mom's Test Meal Mondays!


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