Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WIAW Cheating Chicken Parm

Happy Hump Day!

I can honestly say I've never said Happy Hump Day in real life. It's just not an expression I use. Do you?

Anyway, I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Peas & Crayons, to share with you some of my recent meals. If you've never checked out her blog, you should. Read mine first, leave me a comment, and then you can go visit her. hehe!

I'm going to do things a little differently and instead of sharing a day's worth of meals, I'm going to share a little recipe with you....cause after all, I ate it. Therefore, it can be a What I Ate Wednesday post, right?!

And honestly, to call this a recipe is reeeeeeeeally stretching it. It's totally not worthy of being called a recipe. But just go along with it, mmkay?

I'll call it Cheating Chicken Parmesan.

Here's the scene:
It was a random weeknight, 6:00 in the evening, and this momma someone had forgotten to get anything out for dinner. Uh oh! We were thisclose to ordering pizza, and then my hubby actually thought of this idea himself.

I'd like to interject here, that while he was the one who thought of it, I was the one who executed it. I was the one who slaved over the stove all day for about 5 minutes. Haha!

Thanks to Applegate Farms, I was able to use wholesome, all breast meat, all natural, hormone and antibiotic free frozen chicken patties. These chicken patties were a lifesaver in getting dinner on the table quickly!
I realize a lot of you are probably thinking that frozen chicken patties do not a healthy meal make, but seriously, if you're going to use frozen chicken, Applegate Farms is probably the healthiest choice out there. The meat is flavorful and juicy and the breading is light and slightly crispy. The nutritionals are great too: 180 calories and 12 grams of protein per patty.

Anyway, I put the four chicken patties into a baking dish, and covered them with some marinara sauce, like so:
(excuse the fact that this picture is taken while inside my oven.
I forgot to snap a pic before I put them in.)

After "cooking" for about 13 minutes, I removed the dish and covered the chicken patties with some fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and baked and broiled for another 6 or so minutes. 
this looks like homemade, yes? 

And here's my plated cheating chicken parmesan.
Go figure that out of all 20+ plates I have in my house, 
I plated and photographed the ONLY broken one. 
Don't worry, if you ever come for dinner, I won't serve you food on broken dishes!
(and yes, I'm still 5 years old, and don't like any of my food to touch. Shush!!)

Next time dinner sneaks up on you, and you don't have anything out to prepare, remember my cheating chicken parm. Your family will thank you for it! And then you can come thank me =)

And yes, the frozen chicken patties were delicious, and everyone in my family enjoyed them. I'd highly recommend these to you!

And just in case my one little meal doesn't qualify me for WIAW, and since I know you're SO interested, here's a few more meals:

So there ya have it!
Now you share...what's your favorite quick fix meal??


  1. MY favorite quick meal is actually when Clayton throws together his bean and cheese burritos. (Does it count I picked a meal my husband makes?) You just take a tortilla, put some refried beans and cheese inside, wrap it and lightly fry it in a little oil on the stove. Delish!

  2. I think that is so funny that you don't want your food to touch! haha! We have forgotten dinner around here before and sometimes just take tortilla chips, smother them in refried beans and cover with shredded cheese and melt. Instant nachos!

  3. I always forget to take something out for today. And yes, I have used the expression "Hump Day".

  4. I'm thankful someone finally spelt PATTIE right. I forget dinner ALL the time, but I'm even worse about leaving out something to defrost on time. yikes. This sounds super yummy we will have to give it a try!

  5. That looks great. I will definitely be making a vegetarian version of the chicken dish soon.

    :) I don't like my food to touch either.

  6. I love quick meals!! All of your meals looks great! YUM!!

  7. Just yesterday as I walked out of work, I shouted at a co-worker (with my fist in the air), "Tomorrow is Hump Day!" So, yes, I suppose I do use the expression. Food looks yummy. Do you like/eat fish sticks? If you want a creative, fast idea, then check this out. (disregard if you think fish sticks are evil) Put a bag of frozen broccoli in bottom of pan. Put fish sticks on top. Pour marinara sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese like mozzarella and parmesan. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 or so. Viola! Fish Stick Marinara!

  8. There's only one thing to say here:


    P.S. You should've Photoshopped the plate back together. (Yes, "Photoshopped" is a verb. Surprisingly, spellcheck agrees!) But, then we couldn't have chuckled as much. Thank you.

    P.P.S. Off to mail your, er, Isabelle's bib! :)

    Sophisticated Steps

  9. if I didn't say everything already...the "hump day" thing...I've said it MAYBE once or twice, but it felt a little wrong. [Blush.] ;)

    Sophisticated Steps

  10. I also don't use that expression. It almost sounds....vulgar? Or something. I'm not a huge fan. But I'm also not offended if other people use it.
    I ALSO don't like my food to touch! EVER! I usually eat one thing at a time as well, so it's like the flavors don't even touch in my mouth.
    My favorite quick fix meal is "Emeril's Chicken." Very unoriginal, but I just coat chicken breasts with Emeril's seasoning mix, cook it on the stove in some olive oil, and make whatever vegetable we have on hand, and maybe a pasta mix or something as a side. I always have the ingredients on hand!

  11. I'm all for making life a little easier and going "semi-homeade." It's ok!! I'll def. have to look for these chicken patties the next time I go shopping. They look yummy! And no, I do not say happy hump day in "real" life?

  12. I have a sheperd's pie or spaghetti as my normal go-to meals. But the cheating one looks good. I have an easy Parm chicken recipe too but it's not as easy as yours! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I can't say "hump day" without giggling, so no I don't use it in everyday speech. :)

    I really like chicken sausage for an easy meal because if you slice it up, saute it, add jarred sauce and serve over pasta, it almost seems like you cared about making dinner (when you didn't :P)

  14. yum!! what a great idea!

    our go to is always spaghetti or random veggies in fridge + pasta :)

  15. Yummo! That looks great and delicious.

    About the hump day. My bio teacher used to say that every.single.week. in high school. It took a little getting used to. Haha

  16. Brilliant! That looks just like the real thing!
    My quick meal is always pasta. :)

  17. I'm sure that yummy cheating is acceptable! We do a lot of breakfast for dinners when we're in a pinch for time!

  18. that's looks so good! definitely going to put it on the meal plan for next week :D I like easy meals! One that I found in a Real Simple magazine was quesadillas.. but with just black beans, tomatoes, onion, feat cheese, corn and oregan (salt and pepper to taste) ... so yummy! to make it more of a meal I added rice. We like to do a "meatless meal" at least once a week and this is a fave!

  19. This sounds incredible!!! I will have to force my fiance to make this for me. Everyone knows that I don't cook ...
    I'm just lucky I can pour cereal out of a box.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog and showing some love! Your Chicken Parm's look ahhh-mazing! You're making me hungry!

  21. paul and I used to make this with the fake chicken patties morningstar makes! hehe! =) so cheating. so yummy! sooo who cares!? <3

    love it! Happy WIAW Megan! =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  22. Your cheating chicken parm looks pretty tasty....and super duper easy! Thanks for the cheat!!! I'm laughing because you don't like your food to touch...I know a few people like that. You do realize that it's going to touch in your tummy, right? hahaha. xoxox

  23. I am loving this thanks soooo much for this recipe!! I Love easy!! Thats my middle name when it comes to cooking, I hate spending half of my night in the kitchen cooking and cleaning! thats just less time with monkey boy!!! I cant wait to try this!!!

  24. My husband makes a very similar dish he loves only we use the precooked grilled chicken breasts. Also ridiculously overpriced : ) But totally worth the convenience when you are in a hurry!

  25. It looks delicious, so I say that it definitely counts!!

  26. Yum! This looks so good - can't wait to try it. I'm following from Swinging By Sunday - would love for you to stop by and visit me at While you are there, join in our weekend blog hop- it's tons of fun!

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