Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dr. Jill Biden's Recipe For Parmesan Chicken

A family favorite for Sunday dinners, says the Second Lady...
Vice President Joe Biden loves his wife's Chicken Parmesan, says Dr. Jill Biden, who in a bit of election-year foodie wooing has shared the family recipe with Rachael Ray.  It makes a big feast, calling for five pounds of boneless chicken breasts and four cups of Mozzarella cheese for twelve servings.  (Above:  The Second Couple campaigning together last month in New Hampshire)

"Our family loves to get together for Sunday dinners. Our favorite chicken parm #recipe is in @rachael_ray mag  –Dr. B," the Second Lady tweeted on her husband's @VP account.

The recipe appears in Ray's Every Day magazine and online.  The Second Lady joined Ray on her TV show in 2010, to demonstrate how to make holiday care packages for members of the troops.  First Lady Michelle Obama and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass have also cooked onscreen with Ray.  Mrs. Obama was last on Ray's show in September of this year.


Dr. Jill Biden's Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Ingredients
2 tablespoons EVOO, plus more for frying

1 onion, finely chopped

6 cloves garlic

6 14 ounce cans cherry tomatoes

1 bunch  fresh basil, roughly chopped

salt and pepper

3 eggs

1/4 cup milk

3 cups seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan

4 cups grated Mozzarella

5 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded 1/4-inch thick

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . In a large pot, heat 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Add 2 cans of tomatoes. Strain the remaining 4 cans; add the tomatoes to the pot. Using a wooden spoon, break up some of the tomatoes; simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, discard the garlic and add the basil; season.

2.  In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs and milk. In a large, shallow dish, mix the breadcrumbs with 1/2 cup each Parmesan and Mozzarella. Coat the chicken in the egg mixture; transfer to the breadcrumbs, turning to coat.

3.  In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat. Cook the chicken in batches until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total. (Wipe out the skillet and add more EVOO as needed.) Drain on paper towels.

4.  In a 10-by-13 1/2-inch (8 qt.) baking dish, layer the sauce, chicken and remaining 312 cups mozzarella, finishing with a layer of sauce. Top with the remaining 1 cup Parmesan. Bake until the cheese is melted, 20 minutes. Serve with rigatoni, salad and Italian bread.

*Makes 12 servings.

*Biden photo from Obama for America; food photo from Rachael Ray Magazine