Does anyone else get as excited as I do strolling through the isles of Whole Foods Market? I still had a great time even with my 3 year old begging to go home, tugging at my sweater and asking for snacks every 30 seconds. Silly, I know, but something about having all of those great products at my fingertips is thrilling!
Created this dinner last night for the family and it was a success. Crispy chicken breasts cut into strips, placed over top cheesy baked rigatoni. It makes for a great weeknight meal, I didn’t even fuss with my own sauce on this one. When weeknights get crazy to get dinner on the table, try jazzing up a good jarred sauce, it gives it that homemade taste with little time. Check it out, I think you’ll all really like this one.
Chicken Parmesan Rigatoni Bake and Garlic Toast Points
4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 Cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs plus 2 Tablespoons water
1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs (Progresso)
1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 lb dry rigatoni
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 26 oz jars of your favorite pasta sauce
1 1/2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
6 slices of your favorite bread, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pound chicken breasts to an even thinness with a meat mallet. Place flour, salt and pepper into a shallow dish. Place eggs and water into a separate shallow dish. Place bread crumbs and parmesan cheese into a 3rd shallow dish. Dip chicken into flour, then eggs then into bread crumb mixture pressing gently. Place coated chicken onto a baking rack placed over a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
2. Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Place olive oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, sauté onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic for 1 minutes then add pasta sauce, reserving 1 Cup for later. Reduce heat to low and stir in cooked pasta. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Cut chicken into strips and place over dish. Drizzle with reserved pasta sauce and serve. Spread butter over warm toasted bread and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. Cut into triangles if desired. Serve with each dish.