Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad

I love simple dishes like this one: Parmesan chicken cooked in a skillet with a fresh spinach salad tossed in a lemon vinaigrette served with a nice glass of red wine. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? This was a clean, easy meal and I’d definitely make it again. The chicken was moist and juicy on the inside and crisp and crunchy on the outside. The lemon vinaigrette was flavorful and light. There’s not much more to say! I guarantee you’ll enjoy this meal. Recipe after the jump, as always.


Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Your very simple ingredients.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Combine your lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Whisk and set aside.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Combine the salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Rub the chicken with the salt and pepper and set aside.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Combine the flour and flaxseed in one bowl and breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Whisk the eggs in yet another bowl.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Dredge the chicken in the flour, dip in the egg, and then coat in the Parmesan mixture, pressing lightly to ensure it gets coated well. Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan and cook for 5-6 minutes (depending on the thickness of the chicken) on each side.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach SaladParmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
Serve with your salad and enjoy!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Fresh Spinach Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ lb. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I filleted 3 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
Salad
  1. Wash and dry your greens.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Set aside to toss with greens right before serving.
Chicken
  1. Pound your chicken or fillet (slice in half) it like I did (this is important in order for the chicken to cook thoroughly and quickly).
  2. Combine salt and pepper and rub the chicken with it. Combine the flour and flaxseed in another bowl. In a different bowl, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a second plate, combine the bread crumbs and ¼ lb. Parmesan cheese.
  3. Dredge the chicken in the flour, dip in the egg, and then dredge in the Parmesan mixture, pressing lightly.
  4. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes on one side, depending on thickness (you may need to cook them for 7-8 minutes on each side), then turn and do the same (5-6 minutes) on second side until the chicken is no longer pink and is a nice, golden brown.
  5. Toss the spinach with enough vinaigrette to coat them, add more if you like.
  6. Serve the spinach with the chicken and shave some Parmesan cheese over the salad and chicken.

 

17 Responses

  1. This is one of my favorite meals…but I’ve only had it out. Thanks for the recipe & detailed photos.

  2. Pearl says:

    simple & delicious. :)

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  4. that girl down south says:

    How do you like it with the flax seed? I recently bought some ground flax to use because it is supposed to be so wonderful for you. But, I’ve never tried it.

  5. Elyse says:

    What a fabulous looking meal. First of all, anything parmesan crusted sounds delicious. And, secondly, I’ve been on a huge spinach kick, so I couldn’t have asked for a better side dish. What a perfect spring meal!

  6. RecipeGirl says:

    Mmmm- perfect, easy dinner!

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  8. Dragon says:

    This my kind of dinner. Yum!

  9. Leah says:

    This looks delicious!
    Seriously, every time I see your blog title Crepes of Wrath, I chuckle.
    Thank you for that.
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Laura says:

    I made this last night! We loved it. The chicken was so juicy and the salad was so fresh and good. Definitely making it again.

  11. Heather E says:

    I made this tonight for my husband and me. It was fabulous. I can’t wait to have the leftovers this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jen T. says:

    Hey Sydney, quick question- do you usually use ground flaxseed or the whole seed? I would think ground, but I’m not quite sure. Thanks!

  13. Sharon says:

    Made this for dinner last night- it was delicious! My whole family of picky eaters, even the 10mos baby, enjoyed it and we still have leftovers for lunch. Can’t wait to cook it when we have company over too! Thanks for all the great recipes-

  14. thecrepesofwrath says:

    That Girl: You can hardly tell it’s there, especially when it’s combined with flour. I sprinkle it on cereal/oatmeal, in a pb&j sandwich, or wherever else I can!

  15. admin says:

    Greetings Jen,
    I use ground flaxseed and Kramer would never know unless I told him.

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