Sometimes glorious meals come from the scrap you have in the ‘fridge. And that is what happened here.
The Meal: Chicken Cutlet, aka “Cotoletto” topped with fresh arugula and shaved parmigiano reggiano.
The Details: thinly sliced (or butterflied) chicken breast, pounded out as thin as you can get it (while still being chicken and not mush), dipped in flour, then egg, then panko bread crumbs (for the crunch) and pan fried. Top with a handful of fresh arugula and squeeze with lemon. Shave slices of parmigiano reggiano for intense flavor by the bite.
- 5 stars
- Don’t you feel like crap when somebody asks “What’s for Dinner?” and the immediate response in your mind is “Well, hell if I know!”. I feel like that a lot. Tonight was one of the nights I looked in the fridge and thought….”Ok, what do I have in here that I can piece together? And what ingredients do I NEED to use before they go bad?”.
- The chicken breasts I had bought for a meal that never happened were about to expire and the arugula looked like it had about 1-2 days of life left in it. Soooo, chicken and arugula it was. I also realized that I had just enough panko left for 2 cutlets. I would make the sacrifice (though reluctantly) to have a cutlet dipped in regular breadcrumbs EEE—OR Weber and Tony–that right there is L-O-V-E.
- Because we had nothing else in the house besides some rouge boxed “Pasta Sides” that have been in there for 2 years (they are shelf stable, right?), I decided I’d pound out the chicken extra extra thin, so it took up the full circumference of the plate and seemed like a huge portion. We eat with our eyes, right?
- Weber and Tony didn’t even realize or complain that their wasn’t a starch with dinner and both were stuff, satisfied and happy gents.
- Would You Eat It Again?: Yes, in a heartbeat. How about tomorrow?
- What Would You Change? Really try to have a spare box of panko, because I’m tell you that stuff really takes it to a whole new level. Also, having 3 frying pans that can fit a full cutlet would be awesome. That way, in my house of three, each would be finished at the same time, instead of intermittently.