Don Tano Bongiorno’s Slightly Sicilian Twist on Chicken With Mozzarella

Chicken is, and has all the time been, a well-liked nourishing dish. There are about as some ways to arrange a scrumptious hen dinner as there are nations with their totally different recipes and tastes.

Today, I’ll share with you a recipe for hen my mama used to make for us once we have been little. She smiles down on us from heaven at present realizing she did a superb job. None of us turned out to be criminals and none of us ever received combined up within the Mafia. Besides, I all the time reassure involved vacationers to Palermo that the Mafiosi not carry tommy weapons. They carry briefcases filled with hundred greenback payments and so they purchase what they need as an alternative of killing individuals for it.

Where was I? Oh sure, my Mama’s hen recipe – Chicken with Mozzarella.

Okay, first you decide up some boneless, skinless hen breasts. If you could have huge eaters you could wish to think about one and a half per individual, or even perhaps two, and except you could have your personal little vegetable backyard at dwelling, you need to decide up some recent basil leaves. (Hey, if it ain’t received basil in it, it ain’t Italian. What can I say?) And final however not least, a small block of mozzarella cheese. You might get the slices however that is inferior to the way in which I’ll present you.

Now, on a clear chopping board, you lay out the hen breasts, clean facet up, and lower a number of slits horizontally throughout the highest, about half an inch deep.

Get that oven going at about 400º.

You can line a pan with aluminum foil, if not, a minimum of spray it with non-stick spray. Lay the hen breasts out and insert a basil leaf in every open lower, half a slice of recent tomato (Roma is nice, however any tomato will do.) Add a pleasant thick slice of mozzarella cheese. And as a remaining contact, slip in a skinny slice of recent garlic.

Now you gently brush or spray a skinny coat of olive oil over the hen. Some individuals like what they name Italian seasoning, however I choose simply salt, pepper, just a little sugar and perhaps a touch of oregano.

Marsala (virtually Sicily’s nationwide beverage!) goes nice with this, however do not drink your entire bottle as a result of you could deplete your hen.

After about twenty minutes, you need to examine the hen. I exploit a type of little steel skewers they check muffins with. If it comes out clear, your hen is finished. If not, by that point you’ll be able to simply flip the oven off and let the hen stay inside for an additional ten or fifteen minutes.

While that is going on, you’ll be able to boil any selection of pasta: spaghetti, rigatoni, mostaccioli or perhaps good previous elbow macaroni. Kids love that and I wager Dad loves it too.

For a pleasant sauce, throw a handful of frivolously chopped garlic right into a pan with olive oil, and whereas that is getting actually sizzling, throw in some sliced onion and celery and inexperienced peppers. Once that appears just about carried out, add both some broth or, if not obtainable, use some powdered beef or hen or tomato broth powder with a cup of water per teaspoon. Not an excessive amount of. Just what you assume you may want for the household.

Once that is boiled for a couple of minutes, pressure it, add a can of tomato paste and perhaps a can of diced tomatoes and boil once more for a couple of minutes.

Served with a inexperienced salad and Parmesan cheese grated freshly on the desk, you have received an ideal dinner and the household will assume you actually love them, despite the fact that it is simply routine to prepare dinner.


1. Chicken Tano

  • One or 1-1/2 boneless, skinless hen breasts per individual
  • One pound Mozzarella cheese
  • Two/three recent Roma tomatoes
  • Three/4 cloves recent garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Quarter pound recent basil leaves

2. Pasta

Pasta of selection based on package deal instructions for portions

3. Sauce

One pint of broth (canned broth, beef, hen or tomato, is ok).

Bring to boil and add:

  • chopped celery
  • chopped onion
  • chopped peppers
  • finely chopped recent basil (utilizing no matter is left over from the hen stuffing
  • one small can of tomato paste
  • one can of diced tomatoes

The sauce must be simmered till it barely thickens.

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