{Recipe} Chicken Parmesan Bake

Leave it to work to get in the way of me learning to cook. Thanks to a grueling schedule the past few weeks, there has been a lot of ordering in.  Finally able to get back in the kitchen, I decided I needed to make something other than pasta. Thanks to my sister, Jen, & Pinterest I found this unconventional recipe for Chicken Parmesan to try from Chef John at Food Wishes. Chef John makes cooking easy with his how to videos. Everything was successful except I did learn we need a better garlic press.   Enjoy this simple recipe..

Serves: 3-4
Cook time according to Rachel: 1 hour
How hard was this for Rachel to make? Easy!

2 tbsp olive oil 
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Hot red pepper flakes, to taste 
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts 

2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a standard casserole dish, pour the olive oil & garlic in the bottom and spread evenly. Sprinkle LIGHTLY the red pepper flakes along the bottom.
Place the chicken closely together in the dish. 
 Cover with Marinara sauce. If you don't want to get a measuring cup dirty, use 2/3 jar of sauce. Spread evenly.
Pour half of both cheeses on chicken.
 Pour entire bag of croutons on top of cheese.
Cover croutons with the rest of the cheese. 
Bake dish for 35 mins or until chicken reaches 155 degrees if you have a meat thermometer

Tip: Make sure your new fancy thermometer that you picked up solely for this recipe actually works. I had to cut into the chicken to make sure it was done.

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