Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan with Sweet Plantains and Alfalfa Sprout Salad

Plated chicken parmesan with plantains and salad
Plated chicken parmesan with plantains and salad | Source

If you use simple math, you will say to yourself, “This is not a 20-minute meal.” But it is. It can even be done in less time if you are a good multi-tasker and organized. You can accomplish the 20-minute mark like I did by cooking and preparing items concurrently. This was my first time making this meal, as it was done on a whim and part of a pantry raid. But I was still able to make this meal while taking pictures and video along the way, having my very curious kids tell me repeatedly how much they wanted chicken, and going outside to make sure they were playing safe. At the end of all the recipes are notes about items that can be substituted and other useful information.

5 stars from 1 rating of Chicken Parmesan with Plantains and Salad

Prep: 5-7 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes for chicken

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes for plantains

Serves: 4

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Ingredients:

  • 1 4-pack of breaded chicken patties
  • 1/2 cup Prepared pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or mixed cheeses
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Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven according to package directions. For me this was 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil
  3. Place chicken on sheet pan and bake for 6 minutes on one side (or half the cooking time for your brand).
  4. Turn chicken with tongs and bake for 4 minutes.
  5. Add sauce and cheese to top of each piece of chicken.
  6. Bake for another 2-4 minutes until cheese is melted.

Ripe plantain
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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1-2 TBS brown sugar

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Done cooking | Source

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut plantains.
  2. Melt oil and butter together in pot.
  3. Add plantains to pot over medium-high heat.
  4. Let plantains caramelize, turning every 2 minutes or so to get brown on all sides.
  5. Add brown sugar and cook until sugar is dissolved and coats the plantains.
  6. Turn off heat and let cool some. This will create a crunchy, candy-like coating.

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Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • ½ apple

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Directions:

Salad:

  1. Put alfalfa sprouts in bowl.
  2. Cut or tear off parsley leaves from bunch and rinse under cool water to clean.
  3. Toss parsley in bowl.
  4. Place shredded carrots in bowl.
  5. Peel and cut cucumbers in thin rounds or dice and place in bowl.
  6. Peel and chop apple and place in bowl.

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Dressing:

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 scoop (45 mg) Stevia extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Quick Facts About Stevia Extract

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Calorie free
  • Almost 300 times sweeter than sugar
  • Made from leaf of Stevia rebaudiana

Directions:

Dressing:

  1. Combine ingredients over salad.
  2. Toss salad to evenly distribute.

Plantains

Many people confuse plantains for bananas based on looks alone. However, plantains contain much more starch than bananas. Unlike bananas, plantains can be used in every stage of ripening, from green to black.

Chicken Parmesan

  • I know I call for four patties and there are only 3 pictured. It turned out my husband used one to feed the kids the day before. I did not know before making the meal, but it worked out because he worked that night, so I only needed 3 servings anyway.
  • Parmesan can be expensive, so do like I did…use what is on hand. This meal was part of a pantry raid, so I used what was left of bagged shredded mozzarella and part of an Italian blend.

Plantains

  • The easiest way for me to peel and cut plantains is as follows: Cut off the two ends of the plantain, use the knife to cut a slit in the peel from top to bottom, use your thumb and split the peel apart, cut the plantain in half length wise, then cut each half in half again length wise (now you have 4 long wedges), cut wedges into small pieces.
  • I like using a non-stick pot for this recipe since it makes cleaning out any crystallized sugar easier.

Kids's plating
Kids's plating | Source
Kids enjoying dinner
Kids enjoying dinner | Source

Salad

  • Believe it or not, I got all the ingredients from my local farmer’s market store, but not all on the same day. Since fresh produce can go bad fast, I often throw together salads in order to keep the ingredients longer and make use of them. So yes, this really was part of a desperate pantry raid to not let my produce go to waste.
  • If you do not have access to Persian cucumbers, you can substitute with garden cucumbers. But I suggest you remove the seeds and pat dry to avoid making the salad too watery. You will not have to do this if you use Persian cucumbers.
  • If you buy Stevia extract in a container, it comes with a scoop so you can easily measure.
  • Stevia can be replaced with honey or granulated sugar, but the do not dissolve as easily and require more quantity.

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About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side. One of her favorite past times is whipping up recipes.

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Comments 18 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

This sounds delicious! I love using Stevia! Voted up and useful! Take care, Kelley


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello kelleyward. Stevia is my new favorite sweetner. You get a lot of bang for your buck. Thanks for reading.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

I have never cooked plantains and have always wanted to try it. Your recipe has inspired me to give them a try. I love the simplicity of it and am sure that my kids will love them!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

I am glad that my version of making plantains has given you the boost you needed. It really is simply and takes no time at all. I know your kids will love them because they are sweet. But they are also good for them, as long as you do not add to much sugar.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, StephanieBCrosby! You're amazing! What a cool, efficient recipe! Love the video, the easy-to-follow layout, and the step-by-step photos. Awesome Hub.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Simone Smith. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I was wondering if the hub was a little over the top with the layout, but I like trying new things, hence the shaky video. But I had to get my feet wet with this new feature. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are a multi tasker! Stove top cooking while keeping an eye on the oven as well as your kids outside, plus tossing a salad together all in 20 minutes...I'm impressed! I have never cooked plantains. Should give them a try. Thanks for your recipes.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

With my crazy schedule and being a type-A personality, multi-tasking is something I continually hone. Luckily the kitchen has a window that faces the back yard, so I can see the kids within a certain range. Once they are out of that range I have to run out and check unless that come running in when called. But thank you for the compliment.

Definitely give plantains a shot. They are delicious. I used to make my own plantanos, where you double fry unripe plantains. But it was labor and time intensive and to much hassle with the oil.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm impressed by your video! I haven't been brave enough to try it. With my southern drawl, I'm afraid I'll sound "funny", but your voice is great on it. I love new ways to make chicken and this sounds really good. I gave it 4 stars and a vote up, and I'm sharing! I love these breaded patties from Perdue and this is a good way to use them.


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Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan

This looks declicious and I love the layout, too!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello mary615. Thank you so much. I posted on the forum for the contest that my video was a shot in the dark, because it was my first time using the video function on my camera. I feel funny about my voice too (thanks for letting me know I don't sound too weird!), but I guess it wasn't too bad since I had the camera in one hand, tongs in the other all while trying to stir a pot and open the oven and keeping the kids at bay with my foot.

I cannot tell you how many times these chicken patties have saved my life for dinner. I hope you try this soon!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Virtual Treasures. Thank you for the compliments. I really liked this dinner. And I liked the plantains so much I made them the same exact way for a dinner two nights later.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love each of the recipes you posted. Plantains were added to my list of favorites a few years back. I enjoy their taste and how versatile they are in recipes. I think I am ready for this dinner now!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi teaches12345. I am so glad you stopped by to read. And it is wonderful this looked and sounded appetizing to you. I hope you make it soon!


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

This looks like a delicious and unusual meal - like others who have commented, I don't think I've cooked with plantains before, but I love chicken and all the other flavours and ingredients in this meal so I'm looking forward to trying out this recipe - it sounds very healthy with all the vegetables that go into it (and a little sweet treat in the crunchy plantain coating! :)


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thanks Redberry Sky,

This is a really great meal. As you can see at the end, even my kids liked this when I made it. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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KrisL 3 years ago from S. Florida

Good idea to use stevia in salad dressing -- I also like the vegie mix you have for the salad; I wouldn't have thought of it myself.

Voted "useful" and shared.


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello KrisL,

Thanks for reading and the kind words. I find stevia quite versatile as a sweetener. And as for mixing veggies, well, I just do it and see what combinations work. So you should do the same...experiment!

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