Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

As we enter the homestretch of summer, who wants to skip the salad and smoothie and try something a littler heartier for lunch? Try this rich and delicious chicken parmesan sandwich recipe from The Cove Trattoria in Scottsdale (the sandwich is currently one of the summer lunch specials) for a satisfying almost-autumn eat.
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
• 1/4 cup extra virgin oil, plus 3 tablespoons
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
• 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained and
• Pinch sugar
• Pinch red pepper flakes
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breast about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 1/2 cup all purpose flour
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 cup dried plain bread crumbs
• 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling
• 1/2 cup chopped parsley
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
• 1 Italian Baguette
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. When the oil gets hazy, add the onions, garlic, and cook and stir for 5 minutes until fragrant and soft then add some hand-torn basil, reserve the rest of the basil for finishing the chicken. Carefully add the tomatoes , cook and stir until the liquid is cooked down and the sauce is thick, about 15 minutes; season with sugar, red pepper flakes , salt and pepper. Lower the heat, cover, and keep warm. Get the ingredients together for the chicken so you have a little assembly line. Put the flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. In a wide bowl, combine the eggs and water, beat until frothy. Put the bread crumbs on a plate, add the 1 cup parmesan, chopped parsley, and garlic powder Season with salt and pepper and stir with a fork until thoroughly combined. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high flame in a large oven-proof skillet. Lightly dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off, then dredge in the bread crumbs. When the oil is nice and hot, add the cutlets and fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden and crusty, turning once. Ladle the tomato-olive sauce over the chicken and arrange the mozzarella on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and remaining basil. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Serve on toasted baguette.

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