It’s Wednesday. I’m tired and not very well. Dad has just come home, sees me curled up on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and says “Shall we just get a Chinese takeaway?” I consider it. I am exhausted; it would be lovely not to cook. But what I’ve got planned for tonight looks fairly simple, and I suppose I should be good…
So we don’t get a takeaway. I cook something simple that smells incredible from the second I put it in the pan, and when we’ve eaten Dad looks up at me and says “I’m really glad we didn’t get a takeaway, now” I count that as cooking success. If you’ve ever had a Meatball Marinara sub from Subway, this sauce tastes just like that. It’s incredible. Yum.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 eggs
- 4 slices of bread
- 112g parmesan
- 2 garlic cloves
- A carton of passata
- A teaspoon of dried oregano
First you have to do my favourite thing — flatten the chicken breasts. Place the breasts between two slices of cling film and bash them gently with a rolling pin until they’re about the thickness of a £1 coin.
You now need to coat the breasts. Beat the eggs and place them in a shallow dish. Put the slices of bread in a food processor and whizz ’til they’re breadcrumbs, before putting them in a shallow dish too. Dip both sides of the breast in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs.
When they’re all dipped they’re look a bit like this. I promise there is chicken under there.
Pre-heat the grill to high and prepare the sauce. Spray a saucepan with Fry Light and cook the garlic for one minute, before tipping in the passata, a tablespoon of sweetener and the oregano.
Turn the heat to low and grill the chicken on high for five minutes each side, stirring the sauce every now and then. By the time the chicken is ready your sauce will be too.
Then you just need to take an ovenproof dish and tip the sauce into in. Nestle the chicken on top and sprinkle over the parmesan.
All you have to do is pop the dish back in the grill until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling.
Then you just need to serve it — I went with potatoes and a salad.
It’s so, so yummy. The chicken tastes incredible, and I love how the potatoes balance the strong flavour of the sauce. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything quite as delicious as this.