Ultimate Chicken Parmo Recipe: A Culinary Delight from the UK

Chicken Parmo is a dish closely associated with the North East of England. Particularly the Teesside region. It’s believed to have been influenced by Italian-American cuisine. Though its exact origin is debated it can be developed locally as a unique indulgence also. Regardless of its roots, it has become a beloved regional specialty. It is popular for its crispy breaded chicken, creamy béchamel sauce and melted cheese topping. Today I am sharing my personal recipe for Chicken Parmo with you. I promise it’s a real crowd-pleaser!

How to Make Chicken Parmo Overview:

I absolutely love Chicken Parmo. It is a comforting dish that’s a true favorite in my household. This dish is a combination of crispy chicken, creamy béchamel sauce and melted cheese. It’s the ultimate indulgence for any cheese and chicken lover. This Chicken Parmo recipe yields two servings and takes about 60 minutes to prepare and cook. It’s perfect for a cozy dinner at home. You can even pair it with a fresh salad for a balanced meal.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken : 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • Flour : 60g plain flour
  • Eggs : 3 eggs, beaten
  • Breadcrumbs : 100g dried breadcrumbs
  • Oil : Spray oil
  • Optional : Salad, to serve 

For the béchamel sauce:

  • Butter : 30g 
  • Plain flour :30g 
  • Milk : 300ml 
  • Nutmeg : Grated 
  • red Leicester cheese: 150g 

Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

Heat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan/gas 6). Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of baking parchment and gently flatten them with a rolling pin until they are about 1 cm thick.

Step 2: Coating the Chicken

Set up three shallow bowls. In the first bowl, place the plain flour. Second, beat the eggs. In the third, spread out the dried breadcrumbs. Take each chicken breast and coat them first in flour then in beaten egg, and finally in breadcrumbs, ensuring they are well coated. Place the coated chicken on a baking parchment-lined tray, lightly sprayed with oil. Give each chicken piece another light spray of oil. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until they are golden brown, crispy, and cooked through.

Step 3: Make the Béchamel Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the creamy béchamel sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the plain flour. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and slightly golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly. Only add more milk once the previous amount has been fully absorbed. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes until it becomes thick and velvety. Season with a pinch of grated nutmeg and add ¾ of the red Leicester cheese. Stir until the cheese melts into the sauce, then remove it from the heat.

Step 4: Finish and Grill

Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and preheat your grill to high. Spoon the béchamel sauce evenly over both chicken breasts and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Place the chicken under the grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and beautifully golden.

Step 5: Serve

Serve your delicious Chicken Parmo with a fresh salad if you desire. It’s ready to delight your taste buds!

Nutritional Value (per serving):

Calories: Approximately 720 kcal

Protein: About 45g

Carbohydrates: Around 46g

Fat: Roughly 39g

Fiber: About 2g

FAQs:

Can I use any other cheese for the topping?

Absolutely! While red Leicester cheese is traditional, you can experiment with cheddar, mozzarella or any cheese you prefer.

What should I serve with Chicken Parmo?

A simple green salad or coleslaw is a great choice. You can also serve it with fries or garlic bread for a heartier meal.

Can I prepare the chicken in advance and bake it later?

Yes, you can coat the chicken and refrigerate it before baking. Make sure to bring it to room temperature. Then you can put it in the oven.

What are some other sauces options ?

While béchamel is traditional, you can get creative with your sauces. Some people enjoy topping Chicken Parmo with tomato sauce or marinara for a different twist. Alfredo sauce also works well for a creamy alternative.

Can I add extra toppings or ingredients to customize my Chicken Parmo?

Absolutely! Chicken Parmo is quite versatile. You can add toppings like sautéed mushrooms, sliced olives, slices of ham.

Conclusion:

Chicken Parmo is a delightful dish that brings comfort and flavor to your table. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or a cozy night in, this recipe is sure to impress. Enjoy the crispy chicken, creamy béchamel, and gooey cheese—it’s a combination that’s hard to resist!

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