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20 Minute Chicken Parmesan

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.

Audrey Hepburn

When I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in History and Political Science, my Mom said "so what are you going to do with that?" LOL

Right then and there I said... "Mom some day I am either going to be the Curator at the Museum of Man and Nature or... the Mayor" :)

The next day I called the Human Resources department at the Manitoba Museum. The man I spoke with was a man named Steve. 

"Good morning I am inquiring if there are any positions open at the museum at this time?"


"Steve, my name is Kristin and we are going to become gooooood friends. I am sending you my cover letter and resume and I will call you next week to see if any positions have opened up."

I called the next week. I called every week for over a year. Steve came to expect my weekly calls but never had a different answer for me.

Then I found out I was pregnant and then I had HBear and we decided to move to BC. My phone calls stopped. I wonder if he thought something happened to me?

I am a happy stay-at-home Mom. I love what I do. However, on September 5 something happened. I saw on Indeed.com a job posting to become the next Curator at the Penticton Museum.


I mentioned it to Ninja. I mentioned it to Dad. I mentioned it to my In-Laws.

My stomach has been in knots over it really. Here is what has been going on in my head...

I would NEVER even remotely be considered for this dream position.

Did I just think that? I am a horrible Mom :( How could I possibly even consider leaving SBean? Doesn't she deserve the same upbringing as HBear?

I would never get it anyways.

What if I did? Would I take it? Could I even do it?

I don't have the experience needed and I am young. Well, young enough to be age slammed by the historical society...

I shouldn't even put my resume in, I would be so embarrassed if I didn't get a call. Wait, I don't have to tell anyone. But I already did. Hmmmm I could just saaaaaaay I sent 1 in. But what if I don't and I miss a HUGE opportunity, maybe they want a young, forward thinker that they can shape and mold.

SBean........ I don't have to take it but it would sure feel nice to be considered for something. Other than just the Mommy who cooks, cleans and drives everyone everywhere.

I don't know what I am more scared of, not getting a call or getting a call?

Rejection vs Confidence vs Child Abandonment lol

Yup. That's what goes on in this silly mind. So today was the closing day to apply.

And.... I did it!

You know what? I really don't expect anything. In fact, a big part of me hopes that nothing actually comes out of it. But, I had to try. What if... 

The way I see it if I can buy a 50/50 ticket at a hockey game hoping for wildly crazy results, I mine as well put my name in the hat for what is my "dream job".

Hmmmmm we'll see :)

My mother-in-law makes the best chicken Parm... ever. It is my favorite dish by far. In fact if I ever went on Food Fighters and I had to go up against a professional chef that would be my first recipe. 

Today is a rainy day I don't feel well and I just wish that I didn't say I would make 15 minute meals all week LOL. Because what I really want is comforting chicken Parm. And that could never happen in that amount of time. 

Or can it?

Tonight I was going to do sweet-and-sour chicken with rice, zucchini and peppers but my sister said that they end up having a lot of stir frys and crockpot recipes and we are trying to be different and give her a variety of ideas so we should try something a bit harder than just sweet-and-sour chicken and rice don't you think???

I'm not show sure how this is gonna turn out and I'm not sure if this is going to fit into our time allotment although I'm going to try really hard lol.

So I'm thinking we could never bread, brown and bake chicken Parmesan in less than 20 minutes so I have to come up with a different way of doing that... So usually I mill my tomatoes and let my sauce simmer for at least a half an hour to meld all of the flavors together, this too may pose a problem. Oh and probably not able to make homemade fettuccine noodles in 20 minutes either... lol

Okay I'm going to try anyways so here goes nothing...

20 Minute Chicken Parmesan

4 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 
2 eggs (or egg substitute if you're staying away from yolks)
1/4 cup flour (White or whole wheat)
1 cup panko
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

1 jar of marinara or pasta sauce
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, pressed
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons of oil
8 Basil leaves, chopped or 1 heaping teaspoon of dried basil

1 box of fettuccine
1/4 cup of Parmesan, grated

****I think cutting your chicken in the morning before work will help with the time crunch, anything you can prep before hand will make you life easier in the long run :)****

Preheat oven to 400

Toss all your chicken bites into a ziplock bag with the flour. 

Beat the eggs in a large bowl with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Toss your flourered chicken pieces in and "I'm just gonna shake shake shake shake shake... shake it up shake it up!"

In another Ziploc bag or bowl place your Panko crumbs and then toss your eggy chicken bites in. Toss them around until they are nicely coated.

Get out cookie pan and spray it with Pam. Place cookie rack on top. Empty the chicken onto the rack and pop into the oven. 

Bake for 15 minutes. You shouldn't have to turn them, elevating them on the baking rack will help them crisp all around. 

Start your engines, I mean sauce and your noodles. :)

Cook noodles according to box directions. 

In a sauté pan on medium add your oil and when that's hot add your onion and garlic. 

When the onion is starting to soften add your marinara, your tomato sauce, your basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer and let simmer until your chicken is ready. 

When the timer goes of make sure your chicken is at 160°  

Put your noodles on a plate top with chicken and marinara sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan and there you have it 20 minute chicken Parmesan. 

Yum. I mean sooooo yum that I may never go back to the 4 hours process of Chicken Parm ever again, and it only took 20 minutes!!!!! Seriously!!!! The chicken was crispy and the sauce was tart. The only thing missing was the fresh Mozza I usually put on, but keeping with Weight Watchers I decided to forgo the cheese... this time :)

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Carrie,  September 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM  

So Proud of you SIL!!! My motto is "Forget the risk and take the fall. If it's what you want, then it's worth the fall".

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