Thursday, April 26, 2012

Parmesan Chicken and Roasted Romaine Salad

When looking for dinner inspiration, I turn to a lot of places.  Recently, however, Pinterest has been a serious go-to for me.  Good weeknight meals are sometimes tough to find, but when I saw this Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine on Pinterest, I knew I found a good one.  

Roasted Chicken and Warm Romaine Salad
The Necessities (adapted from Bon Appetit)

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup panko 
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped, divided
  • 2 large hearts of romaine, halved lengthwise
  • 4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained, chopped
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges

  • To begin, I preheated the oven to 450 degrees (that does take some time to warm up!).  Then I set to work by combining the panko, Parmesan, oil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl and mixed it up.

    All mixed up!
    I then lined the baking sheet with foil and placed the chicken breasts on the sheet and then topped them with the panko mixture.  Once they were good and covered I popped them in oven for 10 minutes - until the panko started to turn a golden brown.

    Breaded Chicken
    While the chicken was cooking I prepped the romaine.  I first cut the romaine heads in half and drizzled some olive oil over the top.  Since I had extra breading it just seemed too perfect to top the lettuce with the panko mixture.

    Prepped Salad
    After the panko was golden brown (10 minutes) I pulled the baking sheet out of the oven, and added the romaine lettuce to the baking sheet and returned it to the oven and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

    Cooked Chicken and Lettuce!
    While it was finishing cooking, I cut up the anchovies and lemons for the garnish.

    Anchovies - love the salt!
    Ready to garnish!
    Dinner is served!
    In only about 30 minutes, we had a complete meal that was delicious to boot!  The chicken was moist and flavorful, the panko mixture added a nice bit of a crunch and herby flavor, and the garnishes offered nice salty and citrusy notes.  This warm salad was a perfect meal on a cold night.


    1. Warm Romaine salads are always great at restaurants but I haven't tried it at home. Sounds like it would be a wonderful match for this parm chicken!

    2. I fell in love with grilled romaine a couple of summers ago and proceeded to recreate it myself. The parm mixture sounds great.

    3. I love, love, love grilled romaine and I really need to try roasting it!

    4. Looks awesome! I've been thinking about trying to grill romaine.

    5. I've been wanting to grill or roast romaine like this. It looks so delicious and simple!

    6. I love grilled or roasted romaine!

    7. I don't eat enough roasted romaine. Sounds delicious!


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