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CHICKEN PARMESAN CHEESE BAKE

This chicken dish very closely resembles Chicken Cacciatore.  The process is somewhat different – as I made it into a chicken cheese bake in the oven.   We had this dish served over pasta, however, it would also be tasty served over rice.

Life in my neck of the woods is getting super super busy with work.  I may take a hiatus from the blog for a while.  I will see how busy my schedule becomes over the summer months.  (I worked 7 days this week…I am one tired “puppy”…but I do love it too!)   :)

680 ml. Basil Passata

water added to the passata jar, shake up, to equal 1/4 of the jar

6-8 chicken pieces, breasts and thighs, skin on bone in

salt and pepper

1 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 large crimini mushrooms sliced and roughly chopped

1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 onion, halved then thinly sliced

2 Tblsp.  balsamic vinegar

2 Tblsp. water

Parmesan Cheese

Asiago Cheese

Here is a picture of the sliced veggies:

Heat up a frying pan on medium heat with the EVOO.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat the pan for at least five minutes, then add the chicken pieces skin side down.  Do not turn over for at least 5-6 minutes so the skin will get nice and golden.  Once turned, leave in the pan for 2 more minutes, then transfer the chicken to a platter.

Turn the heat down to low/medium and and in the mushrooms sauteing until golden.  Then add in the sliced onions, season with salt and pepper.  Saute until the onions begin to get some golden color, then add in the peppers and minced garlic.  Saute another 2-3 minutes.

Add in the Balsamic vinegar and 2 Tblsp. of water, scraping up any brown bits.  Continue to saute until all the liquid is evaporated.  Transfer to a casserole dish.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the onion pepper mixture to the bottom of your casserole dish.

Then lay down the chicken pieces on top, as well as any of the juices in the platter.  Pour the Passata sauce throughout the chicken.  Add the water to the passata jar, shake up, the add evenly through out the passata.  Generously spread grated Parmesan cheese through out the casserole and place in the oven uncovered.

Bake for 40 minutes then remove from the oven and top with a generous amount of Asiago cheese.  Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes.  Serve over gluten free pasta, or rice.

4 comments to CHICKEN PARMESAN CHEESE BAKE

  • Janetnz

    I’m being selfish, but I don’t want you to stop! Would you consider just checking in once a week and telling us about what’s happening in your life? … work, cats, garden etc?
    I love it when you do that.
    Take care. Don’t work too hard. XXX

  • Ina

    Aww…thanks Janet. I will definitely try…but we are gearing up for one crazy busy summer! :)

  • It is like you read my mind, dear Ina!

    I wanted someting like this to make for dinner tonight! I am happy that I found this lovely post aka recipe! My dinner for Peter & I tonight! :)

    It looks very scrumptious & tasty! Have a great weekend too! = relaxing & fun!

  • Ina

    Thanks Sophie…you are a dear! Enjoy! :)

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