This one has a back story....
One of my favorite places to eat is The Cheesecake Factory. I get to go two times a year, and I ALWAYS get Chicken Romano. I love it so much that I start thinking about it the minute that I know that I am going to get to go!
A few weeks back I tried the Pasta ala Betsy from Pioneer Woman, substituting the shrimp with grilled chicken. It was sooooo good (and really what is NOT good from Pioneer Woman?)
But I got to thinking.... the sauce was a lot like the sauce from Cheesecake factory. Then I turned to my trusty sidekick Google, where I found a recipe for Chicken Romano.
So that is how I came up with my new dish.
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of white wine
8 ox can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
2 basil leaves
saute the garlic and onion in the butter and oil until the onions are translucent.
Take off of heat and add in wine, let it evaporate for about 45 seconds. Then add in tomato sauce and cream. Let simmer while you do the rest!
Cook a pasta of your choice- I used thin spaghetti
Now the chicken. I did not use measuring cups, so I can't give you a specific recipe.
I used fresh chicken tender cut pieces. Pound them flat, think really, really thin.
Set up 3 bowls- one with flour and some Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. The second bowl with beaten eggs, the third bowl with grated Romano cheese ( i used the Kraft stuff in a can)
Put each piece of chicken through the process, flour, egg then cheese. Fry them in oil in a pan until brown on each side.
After the chicken was fried I put a little of the sauce on and sprinkled some mozzarella cheese on top and melted it in the oven
Next I put the sauce on the cooked pasta and topped with the chicken
The whole family LOVED this. Except Mr Rocks. He doesn't like any type of pasta. (weirdo!)
So I just made his pan fried plain chicken with panko instead of the Romano.