I’m Italian by heritage. I don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture, but I love all Italian foods. It’s so interesting to me to study the foods from the different regions of the same country.
Not all Italian food is the same – like we have Southern cooking, Tex Mex, California cuisine and 16 different definitions of “barbecue,” so do the Italians have different styles of cooking based on different regions.
Venice has a lot of seafood. Florence is known for rustic Italian dishes. Sicily for its smoked meats and sausages. You get the idea.
Did you know that pasta isn’t even the main course of Italian meals? No, it’s the starter. Meat is the main course, and a salad or cheese plate finishes the meal.
Chicken parmesan is known as a classic Italian meal, and I never saw it on a menu in my many, many trips to Italy. I still love it, however, as do many of my American friends.
But what I don’t like is the breaded, fried chicken. I mean, I like it, but I also like creating a healthier version. With Brookshire’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale this week, it’s easy to bring a taste of Italy to your backyard. Because this recipe is so simple, I recommend highlighting the flavors by using the freshest tomatoes and some quality parmesan cheese. Because this meal is simple, yet flavorful, it’s perfect for a weeknight or a weekend entertaining guests!
Grilled Chicken Parmesan
4 Brookshire’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs Italian seasoning blend, such as McCormick’s
2 roma tomatoes (or whatever is in peak season)
1/4 lb. good quality parmesan cheese, sliced into thin slices
Rub chicken breasts with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, rub into chicken.
Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through or until juices run clear. Remove from grill and let rest.
Slice tomatoes into thick slices. Place on a piece of foil; place foil on grill. Grill until tomatoes are soft (as an alternative, you can place a whole tomato on grill, turning frequently until skin is charred, then remove and slice).
Place tomato slices on top of chicken, about two per breast. Top with two slices of parmesan cheese.
Turn off gas grill or use indirect heat on charcoal grill. Place chicken Parmesan stacks back on grill, close lid until tomato is soft and cheese has also softened, one or two minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 348 g, Calories from Fat: 161 g, Fat: 18 g, Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 43 g