Okay, so, for some reason you've decided you need to eat some chicken parmigiana, but you're too poor to go out to eat and too lazy / clumsy to batter, bread and fry a chicken breast or two. Good thing for you, lazy / clumsy is my forte. Today I'm going to show you how to make an easy, tasty chicken parmigiana-ish dish, with the added bonus that it winds up being one of the worst-looking dishes I've ever prepared. You'll wonder how I got it to that exact shade of reddish-pink. No fair skipping ahead; you'll see at the end.
You will need:
• Some delicately nuggeted chicken filets • Mozzarella and parmesan cheese • The noodle of your choice; I of course went with shells again, and •
Two cans of tomato paste Nope. Honestly, it'll be better if you make it with your favorite pre-packaged spaghetti sauce.
First, put your noodles on the boil. Follow the instructions on the back of the package, but generally I boil mine for about 10-11 minutes. If you like yours to be "al dente" then just run some hot water over 'em, you crazy bastard. Next, situate your nuggeted chicken filets at even intervals on a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven to bake. Most packages will tell you to bake them at either 400 or 450 degrees for anywhere between 7-10 minutes. Oh, you probably should have sprayed the cookie sheet with no-stick spray or something, you idiot. What were you thinking? I cooked my chicken nuggets on a teflon wok to avoid exactly that kind of screw-up.
Next, mix up your tomato sauce and your cheese. As always, my preferred measurement of cheese is "a shitload," but you are free to add however much you think is appropriate.
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Drain those noodles once they're done. When the chicken nuggets are ready, you can combine all three elements into a big wet pile.
Yes, okay, it looks a little disturbing. But doesn't most Italian food, really? It all comes soaked in various forms of delicious glop, so tone your aesthetic expectations down a bit and give a try. It's actually quite good. Let's face it, the battered, breaded chicken a real chef would use is just a glorified chicken nugget. All we've done here is taken out the pretension. You won't miss it.