My daughter makes this easy Chicken Parmesan recipe right in the microwave. When she first tried this, I
thought that it would not turn out because it is not baked in an oven. I was really surprised when this actually
turned out to be delicious right out of the microwave. The color of the meat was not a funny color like I
expected, and the sauce and the cheese were just
1 eight ounce can of tomato sauce (she uses
Hunts – see photo)
¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅓ cup cornflakes crumbs (see directions)
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
¾ dried parsley leaves (optional)
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten
⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning (or oregano) and the garlic powder. Remember to use a
microwave safe bowl. Cover the bowl and microwave on high setting for two minutes and then stir. Cook
again at 50% power for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce simmers with a few bubbles. Stir again and set aside.
You can buy pre-made corn flakes crumbs or else you can make your own. You can also substitute dried
Italian bread crumbs. To make your own, take some Corn Flakes cereal and just crush enough flakes to make
the ⅓ cup that you need. My daughter uses the back of a large spoon to do this.
Combine the crumbs, optional parsley and the Parmesan cheese. Dip each chicken breast in the egg and
roll it in the crumbs mixture to coat evenly. Place each coated chicken breast in a lightly greased shallow 3
quart microwave safe dish. Cover, and cook on high power for 9-12 minutes. Rotate the dish after 5 minutes if
you do not have an automatic carousel in your microwave oven.
Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the chicken and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Cook with no
cover at 50% power so you don’t burn the cheese for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the juices
from the chicken breast run clear, not pink, when you prick them with a fork.
For health reasons, it is very important not to undercook the chicken. It is also very important not to
overcook the chicken because chicken breasts dry out and get tough to eat very quickly. All microwave ovens
seem to cook at different times because their power ratings can very widely. Your microwave oven is sure to
be different than mine, so please experiment with cooking times to get it just right for your oven.