Italian Baked Chicken

My vision for this website is to be a place for moms to come and find spiritual nourishment, friendship and practical help for the home. As the Lord leads, we'll be taking a "tour" of the campus through various blog posts. Today, we'll take a trip to the cafeteria! Everyone needs to eat, right? I love cooking (most of the time), and I hope that in these posts, you'll find some helpful tips and the recipes that have passed the Christian Family "Make it Again" test. Here is one of my husband's favorites. It works great for company too, with a green salad and rolls. Here's a tip: Do you have a hard time getting the tomato paste out of the can? I learned this easy tip from the women's newsletter at church. Open both ends of your can of tomato paste (make sure the lids are completely loose). Push the tomato paste out from one end. Remove the loose ends from the paste. Voila! Isn't that cool?

Italian Baked Chicken

1 pkg. spaghetti sauce mix

1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

1 ¾ cup cold water

 2 Tbsp. cooking oil

8 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless, if desired)

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup bread crumbs

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 c. shredded mozzarella

Optional: Additional spaghetti sauce and spaghetti (cooked)

Combine spaghetti mix, water, tomato paste, and oil. Simmer 10 minutes. Beat egg in small bowl. Mix bread crumbs, parsley and cheese. Dip each piece of chicken in egg then in crumbs to coat. Spread 1 cup of sauce in 9”x13” baking dish. Arrange chicken in sauce. Spoon remaining sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 400 for 1 hour or until tender. Top with mozzarella cheese, bake until cheese melts. Serve over cooked spaghetti and additional sauce, if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Note: If you want to make this a meal with pasta, you can either double the sauce portion (2 pkgs. Spaghetti mix, 2 cans tomato paste, 3 ½ cups water, 4 Tbsp. oil) or if you don’t like the taste of powdered sauce mix, open a jar of spaghetti sauce to go with your spaghetti.

Enjoy!

If you would like a pdf version of this recipe for your cookbook, click here: Italian_Baked_Chicken .