Is is possible to make chicken parm with no tomato sauce,no sliced cheese, and no chicken breast meat? Hell yes!
I have not been to the store lately and with the weather getting colder in Prague I did not feel like venturing out. It was the perfect day to just hide under a blanket until it was time for LUNCH.
- 4 slices of white bread ( A real sin in Europe with all the wonderful breads, but I bought it to make good old fashioned toasted ham and cheese sandwiches, like mom used to make.)
- 4 boneless chicken thighs
- 1 whole bulb of Garlic, each clove crushed and chopped
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of chicken stock
- Red pepper Pesto
- 8-10 pieces of sun dried tomatoes
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 TBl of crushed fennel seeds
- 1 Tbl of dried basil
In a saute pan place your olive oil and heat on medium high. Take your garlic cloves and crush them with the broad side of a knife and then chop. Take your sun dried tomatoes and cut into strips of a 1/4 inch. Add the garlic, sun dried tomatoes and crushed fennel seeds to your pan and let saute.
While the above is cooking you will have time to listen to J.D. McPherson’s – North Side Gal
When the song is over add the thigh meat to your pan and then chicken stock. Sprinkle your dried basil over the chicken and then cover. It is important to keep covered to allow as much moisture to stay in the pan as the stock reduces to make your sauce.
While the above is cooking check out this song by Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys – Chalk It Up to the Blues, but be carefull, this song is not short so about halfway through you may want to flip the chicken and stir it up a bit.
While your chicken is cooking and you are listening to Big Sandy, toast your four slices of bread, and then spread the red pepper pesto on each slice.
By the time the song is over your dish should be almost done. Make sure your pan is not dry as you want some of the reduced sauce to pour over the chicken.
Place two slices of your toasted bread in each plate (That means two Plates) and just before you place each piece of thigh meat on the bread, while the chicken is still in the pan, Generously sprinkle your grated parmesan cheese over all the chicken, it should be quite visible. Then place the chicken on the bread and pour over top each piece of chicken the garlic and sun dried tomatoes with the sauce you should have in the pan, if a bit dry just add a bit more chicken stock. Enjoy.