Sunday, January 17, 2010

Best Meal of my LIFE!

Okay, some of you out there may know that I have been trying to lose some weight over the past year. So far I've lost about 40 lbs, which is, like, Hoohaa Tuesday! But I want to lose more. . . . a lot more! So after taking a lil' time off for being sick with the flu (yuck), I'm back on the grind. Counting calories . . . working out . . . drinking water . . . all that jazz. I honestly love how I feel when I'm doing this correctly, it's just difficult to get back into the swing of, ya know?

One of the more difficult situations is figuring out what to eat for dinner. My mom is an amazing cook! I love her food! I love her food too much, if you know what I mean! That's my problem. So the other night she decides to go all out and make this huge meal and a huge dessert. I begged her, "Please! Please! Don't make the dessert!" Thankfully, she didn't. She decides to make the meal healthy especially for me. As Napolean Dynamite would say, "Yes!"

This is what she made: Macaroni Grill Parmesan crusted Chicken, Fettucini, Carrots, and Garlic Bread. Oh yeah. It was scrumptious. it was probably one of the best meals of my life. Strike that. It was definitely one of the best meals of my life. The chicken was practically buttery. The bread was crunchy, which, if you know gluten free bread, doesn't happen all the time. And BONUS it was totally in my calorie budget!! It was one of those meals, that when you bite into it and you hear "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!"
And here is the Holy Grail of chicken recipes just for vou!

Cheesecake Factory Parmesan Crusted Chicken
We call it this because we got the idea from our gluten-full days when we used to eat there. BTW, if you want to serve this, like we did, with fettucini noodles, I would recommend Tinkyada pasta. It has the best texture. Also, I'll post the French Bread recipe soon.

4 chicken breast, thawed
2 c. Gluten free bread crumbs or 4 slices GF bread processed into crumbs
1/2 c. finely shredded parmigiano reggiano
3 eggs
salt and pepper
Cooking Spray
  1. Place the chicken in a large baggie, then pound out to about 3/4 inch thickness. A medium sized frying pan works the best for this. Just whack it and whack it till its thin.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl big enough for the chicken to fit in one at a time. In another similiar sized bowl mix the bread crumbs and cheese.
  3. Dry the chicken with some paper towels.
  4. Dip each breast in the egg then in the crumbs. You are probably going to have to press the crumbs onto the chicken.
  5. Place chicken on a rack on a cookie sheet. The rack is very important because it allows the chicken to get crunchy on both sides.
  6. Spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.
  7. Sprinkle with salt, and freshly ground pepper.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is done.
I promise you, you won't be sorry if you make this!! Plus, the chicken is beautiful on a plate. I ate it so fast that I couldn't get a picture of it, so on wednesday when my mom makes it again I promise to take a picture and post it. Promise.


Brian said...

This looks great. We eat a ton of chicken so I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

That chicken looks absolutely delicious! I love Parmesan anything. ;-)


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