When planning meals this week, I knew it was time to do something new with chicken. I was bored. So I decided to check out Hungry Girl and see what sounded good. I have the Hungry Girl cookbook and have made quite a few recipes from it, but I hit the Web site for something new. I went with “No Harm Parm,” which is a made-over version of Chicken Parmesan. The reason I wanted to try this is because it uses the classic Hungry Girl “breading”–crushed Fiber One cereal (the original). It’s in a lot of her recipes but I’ve never used it.
Her recipe is for one serving; I made three. To make it simple for you, I am posting the recipe for two!
10 ounces chicken breast, pounded flat
2/3 cup original Fiber One cereal
1/2 cup Egg Beaters (you won’t use this much in the actual recipe, but you need that much for coating the chicken evenly)
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Oregano, parsley, salt, pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
If you have time, marinate the chicken. I used a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley.
Grind the Fiber One cereal into a breadcrumb-like consistency. First I did this the old-fashioned way–by putting it in a plastic bag and having at it with a mallet.
However, this was ineffective. I was smashing and smashing, but the pieces weren’t getting small enough. So I put it in the Magic Bullet and it was done in 10 seconds.
Modern appliances are a wonderful thing!
Next, put the Egg Beaters in one bowl and the cereal in another.
Dip the chicken in the Egg Beaters so it is well-coated and then dip in the cereal. This was my first experience breading something, so I was kind of pumped about that. It was way less scary than I thought it would be. It worked so perfectly!
After breading, scrub your hands thoroughly! Then put the chicken on a baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Spray a light mist of nonstick spray on top of chicken and place in oven.
Cook for 10 minutes and then turn the chicken over.
Add another light mist of nonstick spray and cook for an additional 12 minutes (or until chicken is fully cooked and coating looks crispy).
Meanwhile, mix tomato sauce with grated Parmesan and your seasonings of choice.
When timer goes off, remove chicken from oven, top with sauce and then cheese. (Mine is sans cheese.)
Return chicken to oven until cheese is melted (about five minutes). While the chicken is cooking, make a Hugh Jass salad with all the veggies you can scrounge up!
Also, make some pasta (I used Ronzoni Smart Taste penne–it’s made from semolina and whole wheat flour, which is a good choice if you, or those you love, refuse to eat whole wheat pasta).
Serve the melty chicken with the pasta and salad!
This was a pretty good dinner! My mom was surprised to find out the chicken was breaded with Fiber One. (A third of a cup of it, which is about how much you use for each chicken breast, has 14 grams of fiber! That’s pretty amazing.) She didn’t even notice the with the cheese. I could tell though; the Fiber One tasted sweeter than I expected. Not necessarily bad; I just knew there was something there. It wasn’t super crispy, so I am curious to see how her “fried” recipes that use the Fiber One would taste. I’ll probably experiment with it a little more to find out!
Once you get a box of Fiber One, you can grind a few cups into the crumbs, and store it in an airtight container, so it’s ready to go. That would make this a really quick and easy weeknight recipe. Definitely worth trying if you’re in the mood for Italian!