Another weekend is here. Before your kids make plans to spend the whole weekend out of the house, get your kids and even their friends in the kitchen for some good, but maybe not so clean fun. Everyone will have fun learning some new skills, sharpening old ones, and creating wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Not only does cooking give kids an invaluable life skill, it reinforces math and reading skills as well as teaching patience, the ability to follow directions, and ability to occasionally deal with failure, when a recipe just doesn’t work.
Imagine the pride and confidence that kids will feel when they serve their family a delicious dinner that they made themselves or with a little help. Cooking with your kids is a great bonding time.
Chicken Parmigiana Pasta
For the Chicken
3/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup panko crumbs
6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 chicken breast halves
Set Up Breading Station
You will need three bowls. Put flour in the first bowl, the eggs in the second bowl, and the panko and Parmesan in the third bowl.
Bread the Chicken
Bread all pieces of the chicken, starting with the flour, then the eggs, and finally the panko – Parmesan mixture. Lay the chicken on a baking sheet and refrigerate for an hour or so in order to set the crust.
For the Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium size pan or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.
Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute or so, but do not allow it to burn. Add the tomatoes and the next 8 ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat until the sauce has reduced slightly and has thickened.
Fry the Chicken
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and then add an inch or so of olive oil. Fry chicken 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Drain chicken on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, cut chicken into strips, crosswise.
Cook the Pasta
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water and then add 1 pound of bow tie (Farfalle) pasta. Cook according to package directions. Drain well.
Assemble the Dish
Toss the pasta in the marinara sauce. Add chicken to individual servings to prevent the chicken from getting soggy Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over each serving.
Makes 6-8 servings
Sage Culinary Studio
Speaking of kids in the kitchen, check out Sage Culinary Studio. They offer cooking classes for kids and adults as well as birthday parties, a beautiful retail area, coffee bar and much more. Check out both locations: Brookside and 105th and Memorial, just a few short miles from Broken Arrow.