Chicky chicky parm parm. If you know that word/phrase, then you know one of my all time favorite shows and we can still be friends. If you don’t know it then, well, I guess we can still be friends. It’s from Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler is my spirit animal. What are your favorite shows of all time? You know, the ones that when nothing is on TV you can just binge watch old reruns and still love the heck out of them even though you know every single line?
I have to say, up there with Parks and Rec are Seinfeld and Friends. Mike is a Seinfeld guy. I feel like back in the glory days of NBC’s Thursday night programming, you were either a Seinfeld person or a friends person. Now of course, I am an example of the contrary since I like both. But I find people like me are rare. (I know as soon as I put that in writing I will get tons of comments saying I am wrong).
After Andy was born, we needed a new binge show. As luck would have it, Netflix released the entire Friends series. Boom! My husband said he never really watched it. Of course, he is no pop culture dummy so he knows the famous lines i.e. “Fine by me!” “Just so you know, it’s not common, it doesn’t happen to every guy, and it is a big deal!”
But he was under the misconception that all the good stuff happens in the first two seasons of Friends which is so not true. It stands the test of time. The ending seasons, while still a little hokey with the whole Joey Rachel thing, were still solid.
I mean, did you really see them ending up together?
Chicken parm and Caesar salad are like the food world’s Friends and Seinfeld. I don’t know who would be who, but together they make magic! I combined them into one gloriously messy sandwich. Frying your own chicken is a must for this recipe. You need that super crispy breading to stand up to the Caesar salad and marinara. Oh and just to take this to the next level, I put the whole thing on toasted garlic bread. If you have some of that store bought frozen Texas toast garlic bread, that would work here too!
Note: You don’t really have to bread and fry the chicken, you can use breaded frozen chicken to save time. I get the whole no fuss dinner thing. Do anything you need to do to save time in order to make this sandwich end up in your face!
Chicken Parmesan and Kale Caesar Salad Sandwich
- For the Chicken:
- 1 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast sliced in half length-wise (or two small boneless skinless chicken breasts will work fine too)
- 2 Large Eggs beaten
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- Canola Oil for frying
- 1/3 Cup Marinara Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
- 4 Slices Thick Cut Sandwich Bread
- Garlic Powder
- For the Salad:
- 3 Cups Chopped Tuscan Kale
- 1 Tablespoon Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1 Teaspoon Shaved Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Teaspoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
Pound out each half of chicken breast so it is about 1/2-1/4 inch thick.
Lightly beat the eggs in a shallow dish.
Add the flour and the dry seasonings to a separate shallow dish. Mix with a fork to combine.
Add about an inch of canola oil to a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet. Heat over high heat until the temperature reaches about 350 degrees F.
Dredge each chicken breast half in the egg mixture and then the flour mixture. Once in the flour mixture, place on a wire rack or plate off tot he side while the oil heats up.
Meanwhile, turn the oven broiler on low. Butter and season one side of each piece of bread with the garlic powder. Place under the broiler until lightly toasted. Keep the oven door open to make sure it doesn't burn.
Once the oil is hot, add the two chicken breast halves. Fry each side for about 8 minutes. Flip and fry the other side for 8 more minutes until golden.
Once fried and cooked (to 165 degrees internal temperature), place the chicken on a baking sheet. Cover each piece of chicken with about the same amount of marinara and cheese. Place under the broiler. Broil on low for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Combine the kale and caesar dressing along with the parm in a small mixing bowl. mix until all the kale is evenly coated.
Place one piece of chicken on a slice of bread, top with kale, and then another slice of garlic bread. Cut in half and then eat!