TGI Friday’s Sizzling Parmesan Chicken Recipe

TGI Friday’s Sizzling Parmesan Chicken is about my favorite thing on the menu.  I substitute mashed potatoes for the pasta it comes with, but this is what I order when we play trivia.  Here’s my knock-off copycat recipe.

2 ripe roma tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
5 basil leaves
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Panko crumbs, about 1/2 cup
Shredded parmesan cheese, about 1/4 cup – not from the green can if you can help it.
Dried parsley, 1 tbsp
Your favorite chicken seasoning – try to use a lower sodium blend.  Parmesan is salty.
Unsalted butter, about 2 tbsp
Olive oil, about 4 tbsp, divided
Caesar salad dressing, about 4 tbsp

Other needs:

An oven safe skillet like cast iron or stainless steel

In advance:

Wash, deseed and dice tomatoes to 1/4-1/2″ pieces, save juices and place in small bowl. Cut basil leaves into thin strips (chiffonade). Combine tomatoes, basil, 2 tsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic and hold for 2 hours before use.

Preheat the oven to broil or as high as it will go.  Cut breasts in half length-wise and season.  Combine panko, parmesan, parsley and a bit of seasoning and set aside.

Heat the skillet and add butter and 2 tbsp oil.  Brown the chicken on both sides, but leave one side slightly lighter.  Then spoon a little bit (about 1/2 tbsp) of dressing on the chicken and top with the panko/cheese mixture.

Broil till chicken is done and topping is crunchy.  Serve with mashed potatoes or your favorite side.

About the Author: Kristin Holt Duncan is a Houston area extreme couponer. She enjoys saving money on the foods that her family actually likes so that she can spend more money on things like Nutella. And Danskos. And Coach purses. You can find her elsewhere on the web, below.

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