Aug 20
Granny’s Chicken Parmesan3 Comments

Do you have a signature dish that you are known for amongst your family and friends? I don’t think I have been around the cooking, baking, and entertaining scene long enough to be known for a particular dish. It also doesn’t help that I love trying new things out so the same things don’t necessarily appear on the menu very often. It is funny how some people are just known for a dish and are asked to make it for every single occasion when they ask the question, “What can I bring?” Well I have a few family members that are well known for certain dishes. My mom has a lot of recipes in her repertoire, but she is known for her sugar cookies, especially on my Dad’s side of the family, they love them. My Mom-mom, who I miss dearly, was well known for her macaroni salad, no one can make it as good as her. And then there is my Granny, who also is known in our family at least by my sisters and I as Granny Tanny, Full House anyone? She is known for her chicken parmesan, better known as Granny chicken by my younger cousins.
We grew up about twenty minutes from my Mom’s parents so Sunday dinners at their house were the best. Additionally we got to take a bath in their jetted bathtub, followed by brushing my teeth with my Miss Piggy toothbrush, and climbing into our pajamas for the car ride home. If my memory serves me correctly, we had this chicken almost every single week. My Granny still makes it for big dinners that aren’t holiday related. It has become the family favorite among all 17 grandchildren (did I count correctly?) and 2 great-grandchildren.  I am sure my new nephew Declan will love it as well! I hope to make it for my children and continue the tradition.
So what is so great about Granny chicken? Well you start off by dipping the chicken into melted butter and coating it with the bread crumb mixture. This creates a juicy chicken inside with a nice, golden crunch on the outside. It is also great since it is baked and you can enjoy time with your guests. My Granny never puts sauce and cheese on top of hers because it is so delicious all on its own, but Blair thoroughly enjoys those extras so that’s how I make it for him. The bread crumb mixtures makes a ton so if I am not feeding a crowd, then before dipping the chicken in, I remove half of the breadcrumbs to a ziploc baggie and freeze for next time. I hope you enjoy this chicken as much as myself and my whole extended family does!
Granny’s Chicken Parmesan
For the chicken:
4 chicken breasts
2 cups breadcrumbs
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. dry basil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. oregano
2 tbsp. salt
1 c. melted butter
For topping:
sliced mozzarella cheese
marinara sauce

What you’ll do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, set aside. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients up to the salt (it seems like a lot of salt, depending on the amount of chicken I am making I tend to decrease the amount). Dip chicken in melted butter, roll in bread crumb mixture, and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Pour remaining melted butter over the breaded chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to one hour, this will depend on the thickness of your chicken. When there is about five minutes or so left, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce and top off with the sliced mozzarella cheese. Continue cooking until cheese is melted. The above piece took about 45 minutes.

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3 Responses to Granny’s Chicken Parmesan

  1. Michelle says:

    Loved reading about the background story to this recipe! :) It looks amazing! I already did my grocery store run this morning, but I might go back tomorrow to pick up some parsley so I can try this out for Tuesday night!

  2. branny says:

    I made this and my husband loved it!

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