Now that the weather is starting to turn cool it's time to begin cooking some heavier meals again. One of my favorites is chicken parmigiana. There's something about the juicy chicken, crispy crust, and gooey mozzarella cheese combined with the tangy marinara sauce that I just love.
I've started using sous vide chicken in my parmigiana and it makes the whole process so much easier. It removes all the guessing from the frying of the crust and you can just focus on making it super crispy.
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Making sous vide chicken parmigiana is a multi-step process but using pre-cooked chicken makes it easier and stress free. You start by cooking your chicken breasts sous vide for a few hours at 141°F / 60.5°C then remove them from the water bath.
I like a higher crust to meat ratio so now I normally cut the chicken breasts in half, but you can use them whole if you like. At this point you can refrigerate the sous vided chicken breasts until you are ready to make the meal.
When you are ready to finish the sous vide chicken parmigiana you prepare a typical battering station with flour, beaten eggs, and in this case seasoned Italian bread crumbs. The coating you use is completely up to you and you can replace the bread crumbs with panko crumbs, breading, or just seasoned flour.
Dredge (cover well) each sous vide chicken breast with the flour, dip it into the egg, and then roll it in the bread crumbs until it is nicely coated. Set it aside on a plate and repeat for each breast.
Heat some oil in a pan, about enough to come halfway up the chicken, and sear the sous vided chicken breasts in it until they turn a nice golden brown. Place the seared breasts on a sheet pan, top with basil and mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. I prefer fresh cheeses but shredded will work fine as well.
Cook the sous vide chicken parmigiana under the broiler in your oven until the cheese is bubbly and then serve. I love them with a side of spaghetti or angel hair pasta with marinara sauce.
I hope you can now enjoy some sous vide chicken parmigiana of your own.
Ingredients for Sous Vide Chicken Parmigiana
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
- 8 to 10 1/4" slices of fresh mozzarella, or 1 cup shredded
- 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
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Cooking Instructions for Sous Vide Chicken Parmigiana
Salt and pepper the chicken then sprinkle with the garlic powder. Place in sous vide pouches with the thyme and rosemary and seal.
At this point you can store the pouch in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, freeze it for up to 6 months, or cook it right away.
At least 3 to 13 hours before serving
On the morning of the day you want to eat, preheat your sous vide water bath to 141°F (60.5°C). Place the pouch in the water bath for 2 to 12 hours.
For more information on the cooking times you can read my detailed article which addresses why is there a range in sous vide cooking times.
Preheat a pan to medium-high heat. Preheat the broiler on the oven.
First you will want to set up three stations for the breading. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a plate. Beat the eggs into a wide mouth bowl. Combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and parsley on another plate.
Remove the chicken from the pouches and pat dry. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs.
Add about 1/2" of oil to the pan and heat to about 350°F to 375°F (176°C to 190°C). Sear the dredged chicken breasts until the crust becomes golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side. Remove from the heat and set on a sheet pan.
Top each one with the basil and cover with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Broil in the oven until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Remove and serve.