Fastest and Easiest Chicken Parmesan

 I can't in good conscience call this a recipe since really it's just assembling a bunch of nearly ready made ingredients. BUT my mom was a full time working mom and growing up we often made this easy, cheat chicken parmesan for week night dinners.  It's a tradition of sorts that I've continued with my own family. 

I fully admit they prefer when I make "real" chicken parm. with fresh chicken breasts and bread them myself but there are times I just can not be bothered by all that. Enter my mom's fast and easy chicken parm. 

You only need a handful of ingredients:

Ready made chicken patties (I use Boca Chick'n patties for myself)

Jar of your favorite pasta sauce

Box of spaghetti 

Mozzarella cheese


First lay out the chicken patties on a cookie sheet and cook according to the package directions.


While chicken is heating in the oven cook up the spaghetti according to the directions on the package and heat up the pasta sauce in a separate pan. 

Once chicken is cooked, add a spoonful or two of the pasta sauce to each patty and top with cheese.


I find slices are easiest but shredded works too!

I pop the pan under the broiler for just a few minutes to melt/brown the cheese.



Then serve them up with a side of spaghetti and sauce.  We always eat ours with a side of salad but you could easily heat a bag of frozen, prepared vegetables to go with it too.  

The entire meal takes less than 30 minutes so it's perfect for those busy nights. 
 

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Comments

  1. Looks perfect for busy nights! I can see how homemade tastes better but convenience can´t be overlooked on busy days and making something like this is way healthier than getting take out or fast food from a restaurant.

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  2. Ohh! Yum! Why have I never thought of this before! It's so simple and I know my family would love it.

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  3. We all have our fall back "menu", somedays I have granola...

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    1. I often eat fruit/yogurt/ granola or just a garden salad for dinner when I don't know what to cook or I don't have time to prepare anything.

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  4. Ah, I used to make these often when my children were little. And have totally forgotten about them. They sound really tasty right about now....with a nice side of spaghetti. YUM!

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    1. I had forgotten about them for years too and just recently brought them back to the family.

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  5. JOANNE! This is such a good idea! My husband loves chicken parmesan. I am making this.

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  6. I used to love Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking show and magazines. This looks like one of her recipes, Italian style. So great for a busy weeknight dinner.

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    1. Yes, I used a lot of semi-homemade meals when the boys were little.

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  7. I call this a smart way to make dinner.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  8. Looks great! Thanks for sharing! It's always nice to have a few meal ideas like this for those busy nights!

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  9. Gosh! I wish I'd had this when my kids were little and always clamoring for food! Nice and easy. Thanks for sharing, Joanne!

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  10. Joanne, I love this idea of using the chicken patties for chicken parm. I love these types of easy week night meals. I will have to make this sometime for dinner. Julie’s Creative Lifestyle

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  11. I LOVE how simple this is! And delicious, of course. Pinning. :) Visiting from Tell it To Me Tuesday.

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  12. Looks quick and easy. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 134. Pinned.

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  13. I'm all about easy Joanne, and this is right up my alley.
    Visiting today from TTMT #21&22

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  14. This is such a great idea. Totally a recipe in my book!! Going to look for the Boca chick'n. Thank you for making our lives easier.

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  15. I used to do this for my family, too. But I always mixed the sauce with the pasta so I didn't have leftover naked sketti.

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  16. This is my kind of recipe!! Quick and EASY! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - Hope you have a fabulous week!

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  17. Visiting from Full Plate Thursday #664 :) What a great idea for a simple and delicious dinner!

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