This dish was inspired by a movie in the 1980’s. Do you remember the Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn movies? I loved the movie Seems Like Old Times. In the movie Goldie Hawn was going to have a dinner party, and her maid, Aurora, was going to make her Chicken Pepperoni. That sounded so good to me, and guess what? It is.
I’m not sure how Aurora made her chicken pepperoni, but this is how I make mine.
Remember the mother sauce I posted a few days ago, we’re going to need about two cups of that. Flatten about three chicken breasts, sliced, good quality, pepperoni. Line three bowls up and place the flour in one, beaten egg in the middle bowl and the Italian bread crumbs in the last bowl. You can use any kind of Italian-style cheese to top the chicken with. I also like serving this with linguine or spaghetti noodles.
Once you have dredged the chicken through the flour/egg/bread crumbs, preheat your skillet with the olive oil and brown both sides of the chicken. We’re not trying to cook the chicken all the way through here, just to give the chicken a bit of color on each side before we bake it.
In a 9×13 baking dish place about 3/4 of a cup of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish, place the chicken on top, then start layering your pepperoni on each chicken breast.
Top the chicken with the remaining sauce and then the cheese. Now bake in a 350 degree oven (pre-heated) for about 25 minutes. While this is baking boil your pasta.
….dinner is served!
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, flattened to 1/8-1/4″ thick
2 cups of pasta sauce
1/2 link of good quality pepperoni, thinly sliced
Provolone, Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, either shredded or thinly sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
salt and pepper
Olive Oil, for browning the chicken in
1/2 pound cooked linguine or spaghetti
On a flat surface place plastic wrap over chicken and flatten chicken breasts out to 1/8″-1/4″ thick, lightly salt and pepper. Line three bowls together in a row. In one bowl place the flour, middle bowl place the beaten egg with a little bit of water in it, the last bowl place the Italian bread crumbs.
Dredge the chicken breast in the flour, then in the egg, then in the bread crumbs. Repeat with all the chicken. In a 12″ skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the coated chicken breasts in the pan. Brown each side. In a 9×13 inch baking dish place about 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce on bottom. Then place the browned chicken breasts on top. Top each chicken breast with the sliced pepperoni, as much or as little as you would like. Top with the remaining sauce and your choice of cheese. Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 25 minutes. Place each chicken breast on top of cooked noodles. Serves 3-4. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread.