Grilled Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana

by Food Hound on February 23, 2011

in Main Dishes, Meat

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How do you know when it’s true love?

Is it when you can share each other’s toothbrush if one of you forgets it on a trip? Is it when you sacrifice the last bite of flourless chocolate torte? Is it being ok with watching House Hunters International instead of the NFL draft? Is it holding your wife’s hair back after she drank a pitcher of margarita in an hour?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. The Booze Hound has done all of the above. And I might also add that he did a 4am Gatorade run after #4. And emptied the bucket. And cleaned the bathroom. That is true love.

But no act completely solidified my faith in our union until this week. I came home from work and the Booze Hound was in the kitchen. Cooking in the kitchen.

He announced that it was Chicken Cutlet Night, and I was invited.

For those of you who still have functioning gray matter and have avoided the entertainment black hole that is Jersey Shore, let me fill you in on the significance of Chicken Cutlet Night. If you invite a girl to Chicken Cutlet Night, you want to “wife her up.” It’s the last stage of commitment. You might as well start picking out a wedding dress. And if you are dis-invited from Chicken Cutlet Night, you’re out. For good. The Situation doesn’t mess around.

I’m not sure I know the significance of the actual chicken cutlets. I tend to think it’s all the Jersey Shore guys can make. Well, that and any alcoholic beverage involving Sobe Life Water, vodka, and/or protein powder. But they’re all Italian with Italian mothers who taught them how to cook Italian food, so I’m actually inclined to believe they do a bang-up job on chicken cutlets.

Bang-up job. Interesting choice of words to describe something about Jersey Shore, since they all seem every intent on banging something/someone every night.

I told you it was an entertainment black hole! I’m already infected, but run! Save yourselves!

But before you run, you need to have this recipe for chicken cutlets in case the right guy/girl ever comes along. I’m not sure if it’s what Pauly D uses, but it would make any Italian Stallion proud. Grilled chicken served over homemade sauce (or gravy, as they say in the Old Country), topped with 2 cheeses that melt and ooze everywhere after a stint in rehab, er, the broiler.

So I guess the Booze Hound wants to “wife me up.” Or rather, keep me “wifed up.” Rings and vow exchanges are no match for Chicken Cutlet Night! Booze Hound + Food Hound 4 Life!!

Grilled Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs (my preference) or breasts, pounded thin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 28-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 c (20 leaves) fresh basil, shredded
  • ½ c grated parmesan
  • ½ lb smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced
  1. Heat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil to keep it from sticking to grill. Cook 3 minutes on each side and transfer to a foil-covered platter to hold. If you are using a grill pan, cook the chicken in 2 batches, if necessary. While chicken cooks, make sauce.
  2. Place a medium pot on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 T olive oil. Add garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and chopped onion. Cook 10 minutes, stirring often. Add tomatoes and heat through, 2 minutes. Wilt in the basil and season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat broiler to high.
  4. Layer the chicken with sauce in a casserole dish. Top the casserole with parmesan and mozzarella. Brown the casserole under the broiler 3 minutes, or until lightly brown and melty.


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess February 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Mmm, I have almost completely successfully avoided the Jersey Shore epidemic, but anything written in proximity to a picture of saucy, cheesy…well, anything!…has my attention. I’m actually just about to post a recipe for eggplant parm, which doesn’t have the chicken cutlet thing going for it, but it definitely has the saucy, cheesy thing. Has to count for something.


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) February 24, 2011 at 1:44 am

Oh Jersey Shore and chicken cutlet night! How hilarious! Well done for getting invited, that is serious stuff 😉
I recently went to a Jersey Shore themed party and it was so much fun. I wish I could have taken these chicken cutlets along..


A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’ve never seen Jersey Shores but found this hilariously delicious!


highlandsranchfoodie February 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Never seen, Jersey Shore…I’m currently in a renting the seasons of “The Tudors” daze and craze. This recipe looks really good and I’m saving it. Thanks for sending it along.


beyondthepeel February 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thank you for elaborating. I had no idea that chicken cutlet night could hold so much meaning. The recipe sound quick and easy. Thank yo for sharing!


Susi February 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I don’t watch Jersey Shore, but after this post I’m thinking I might have to. Hilarious!!! I’m going to have to show this to my husband and see if he is going to “wife me up” as well LOL


Donna February 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I am CRACKING UP over here!!! Love Jersey Shore & Love your post! 🙂 Too funny:)

From, a true Jersey gal (with no spray tan or poofed hair, for the record!;)


Tammy February 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I am in love and addicted with Jersey Shore- and how perfect chicken cutlet & Jersey Shore.
Loved reading the post! And the cutlets look delish!



Mary February 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

He not only cooks, he can recognize a good recipe when he sees one. You must have really enjoyed your dinner. It won’t be as nice without the chicken, but I hope you have another good evening. Blessings…Mary


Design Wine and Dine February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I love this post, you’re so funny! I have never watched Jersey Shore – can you believe it?! It’s true.

He did a great job that Booze Hound of yours!


Joanne February 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I grew up on chicken cutlets so I couldn’t help but laugh my way through this post. Any guy who can make some seriously good chicken parm sounds like a keeper to me!


Chris February 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I haven’t seen Jersey Shore but damn this was a funny post! And we have to say “awwwwwww”, Booze Hound rocks!

I guess you have to keep him now, lol.


Rita February 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I must say I love that recipe for that chicken cutlet night.I am also married to my true love and he is very good in the kitchen.


leaf (the indolent cook) February 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Yay for you! I’d love to come home one day to a chicken cutlet night – it looks great!

Reply February 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Haha, I love how chicken cutlets can be more imprtant than rings! This chicken looks really tasty, but I’d go for the diamond!


Reeni March 1, 2011 at 2:47 am

Chicken cutlet night is serious! Who knew. It must of been nice coming home to dinner – and a delicious one at that! I love chicken cutlets.


I Like To Cook 222 March 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Funny post! Your chicken cutlet looks great! And this from a true jersey girl, not the Jersey Shore kind!


Indie.Tea March 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

I had no idea what ‘chicken cutlet night’ was. You have increased my pop culture education 🙂
And I’m sure it was delicious – especially since BH made it 🙂


Katerina March 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

Ok, I don’t know what ‘chicken cutlet night’ is but a man whoo cooks sounds like perfect to me!


Cathy March 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Chicken cutlets are one of our favorite dinners. They can be dressed up so many different ways. Love your post today.


♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ March 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Aww, i agree with the true love and the chicken cutlets sure do look deliciously inviting.


Table Talk March 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Okay, well chicken cutlets has a whole new meaning for me now! I have never seen Jersey Shore, so this info was new for me.
Coming home to find my husband cooking for me would be a treat no matter what was on the menu!


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