A while back I mentioned on my Common Chaos Chronicle Facebook Page that I was cooking up some Hawaiian Chicken Parmigiana for dinner. I had many readers ask for some instructions or a recipe on how I make it so here it is.
It’s my twist (I’m sure it has been done a million times before too), on a classic pub favourite.
I must warn you, I am no professional chef, nor would I class myself as even remotely skilled in the kitchen. I generally just make things up as I go along and my cooking seems to get better each time I make something.
Now you could make your chicken schnitzel from scratch, but I don’t. It’s totally up to you, I just don’t have the time or the inclination to so I buy pre-made schnitzels from the deli at Safeway (Woolworths). You can also purchase pre-made schnitzels from most butchers and chicken shops.
* Chicken Schnitzels (Fresh ones are the best, the pre-cooked heart shaped ones tend to go a bit dry)
* Tomato Paste or Pasta Sauce
* Italian Herbs (Sprinkles)
* Shaved Ham from a Deli (Or pre-packaged)
* Grated Cheese ( I use Light Cheese)
* Pineapple Pieces (In a can)
SIDE DISH SUGGESTIONS:
* Packet Pasta or Rice
* Potato Wedges & Sour Cream
* Deli Salads – Pasta, Potato, Coleslaw etc…
* Fresh Green Salad or a Pre-Mix Green Salad
Get out your baking trays and line them with some baking paper. I find this makes scrubbing the melted cheese of the trays a whole lot easier.
Grab your Teflon coated frying pan & cooking spray (Or your regular pan and oil – whatever works in your house, I’m just on a weight-loss journey so I try to be mindful of extra fats).
Give the pan a light spray and start lightly frying your chicken schnitzels on both sides. Once they’re slightly brown – don’t over cook them or they will be dry, place them on your lined baking trays.
Spread out some tomato paste on the top side of your schnitzel.
Give it a light sprinkle of Italian herbs.
Lay some pieces of shaved ham on top of the tomato paste.
Drain the pineapple pieces off and use a spoon to place them on top of the shaved ham.
Cover the schnitzel with grated cheese and place in the oven for approx 30mins.
** Now, I have a regular old gas oven with bodgy seals on it. Its not super accurate, but I set it between 180-200 degrees Celsius. I’m guessing with newer fan forced ovens and electric ovens, the temp and timing may differ slightly **
When the house smells delightful, the cheese is melted and your side dishes are ready, serve your Hawaiian Chicken Parmas up to your hungry family and ENJOY!!!