- April 18, 2017
Chicken Parmesan Boats
- May 2, 2017
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Lately, I have been on a quick & easy dinner kick. I have been making tons of simple, fast, and flavorful meals, using a lot of the stuff I have in my pantry, and we have been loving them! These Chicken Parmesan Boats are the ultimate quick meal, especially if you use my little trick to make them even faster! Altogether, this meal took me about 30 minutes, and that’s only because I had to cook my chicken. If not, I would’ve gotten it done in about 20 minutes. Who doesn’t have 20 minutes to whip up a fast homemade meal for their family?!
I was going through my pantry one evening, thinking “what in the world should I make for dinner??” and that’s when I thought about something my hubby loves… Chicken Parmesan! But I didn’t feel like making pasta and frying chicken so I saw this French loaf that was expiring that day and there came an AHA moment! Why not combine those?? And right then and there was born Chicken Parmesan Boats! Of course, they have to be named something fun so it keeps the kiddos interest! These Chicken Parmesan Boats combine the two things I love most in this world (besides my family)… bread & cheese 🙂 It really is a magical meal for only taking 30 minutes to whip up… and you do hardly any actual work… need I say more?
Oh bread, how glorious you are. I always keep a few different types of breads in my pantry… they always seem to come in handy for these quick meals. You can do so much with a loaf of bread, especially if it’s a kind of stale loaf. They are awesome for bread puddings, breadcrumbs, croutons, the list just goes on and on.
I like to rip out the center of the bread, it makes it easier for you to pack more food in there without having the toppings overflowing. You want to keep all that goodness inside. See that extra bread? DO NOT throw that away! You can save it for so many things!! It will definitely not go to waste in my house.
I just went into my pantry and grabbed out a jar of marinara sauce. This is something else I always keep in my pantry… they’re always great for quick meals. The brand/flavor doesn’t really matter, just as long as it’s something you like to eat. I chose the roasted garlic flavor for this recipe because I knew I wanted to use as few ingredients as possible, and this sauce already has a ton of flavor without me having to do much to it.
I cooked only ONE chicken breast for this! Yes, the breast was huge, but even only using two normal size breasts is awesome. When you shred chicken, you are able to get so much out of it. This is a money saving trick as well! SHRED YOUR CHICKEN 🙂 I’m still in shock I only needed one breast for both sides of these boats. And here’s my trick for saving time: buy a rotisserie chicken! Such a time saver!
Once I had all my chicken on there, I sprinkled some parsley and oregano across both sides, and then topped with fresh mozzarella. Oh my goodness, if you’ve never tried fresh mozzarella, you’re missing out. I’m a cheese person. I love every single cheese. There’s literally never been a piece of cheese I didn’t like, even the ones that my husband says smells like rotten feet. Yeah I know… I’m weird. But I love it, and I have no shame 😉 Fresh mozzarella is like a creamy slice of heaven. Okay, okay, enough of my love for all things cheesy. I let this bake at 400° for about 20-ish minutes, or until the cheese was bubbly.
Oh yeah. Pure goodness right there. I cut up one side already because my son was starving and it needed to cool quickly 😉 Those boys….. I love em. My son had so much fun eating these Chicken Parmesan Boats, he was able to just pick them up; no utensils needed. Which is a score in my book… less dishes! And my husband thought they were pretty awesome too (picky eater approved). We even thought of some new recipes for next time I make these… and yes… there WILL be a next time 😉
Chicken Parmesan Boats
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- 1 loaf French bread
- 1-2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 8 slices fresh mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 400°
- *At this point, I cooked my chicken breast in a skillet over medium-low heat for about 7-10 minutes.
- Cut the French loaf in half.
- Tear out the center of each half (be careful to not tear through the bottom).
- Spread about 1/2 the jar of marinara sauce over each side of the bread, enough to coat it nicely.
- Sprinkle each side of bread with parmesan cheese.
- Top with shredded chicken.
- Spread more marinara sauce over the chicken (I used almost the rest of the jar).
- Sprinkle oregano & parsley on both sides.
- Top with fresh mozzarella slices.
- Bake at 400° for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
- *If you bought a rotisserie chicken, skip this step.
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