Oh how I miss travelling around LA, finding the next best spot to enjoy a meal with friends. From Killer Noodle and Tatsu in Sawtelle to Teddy’s Red Tacos on Slauson Avenue. There were endless options of foods to enjoy, but unfortunately these places aren’t as easily accessible as they once were.

Teddy’s Red Tacos

So why did I pull you into this post, all I’ve done is blabber about food in LA. Well, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite recipes to bring you through these trying times of COVID-19: chicken parmesan.

Like any great dish, the first step starts with some music. Get some cooking jams playing as you begin your journey into Chefdom. Once you’re in the vibe to cook, take out some chicken breast from the fridge, if you don’t have any in the fridge make sure to thaw out frozen chicken before beginning. With the chicken out, cut it into thin pieces, I recommend around 1/8”-1/4” thick. Next, use paper towels to dry it out so the breadcrumbs won’t have a problem sticking onto it. All we need now is to take out three bowls. Put flour, egg whisked, and panko breadcrumbs mixed with shredded parmesan in each bowl respectively; For the third bowl put 2/3 panko for every 1/3 parmesan. The process of coating the chicken with panko is rather simple. Coat the chicken in a layer of flour, then dunk it in the egg, and lastly coat it with the panko parmesan mix. With all that complete we are ready to grill. Take out a large frying pan and put a thin layer of canola oil, making sure that the pan is fully covered. Next, put your chicken breast in the pan and cook each side till the outer layer forms a nice golden-brown crust. Congratulations! You just made chicken parmesan. If you want to take the meal even further, you can make some marinara sauce for chicken marinara. To do this I usually use half a bottle of store-bought marinara sauce of choice, add 1 minced garlic clove, pepper, red chili flakes, and Italian seasoning all in a pot and sauté the sauce. With that ready, you put all the chicken in an oven dish, top it with marinara sauce, and add mozzarella and parmesan cheese to the top. Put this in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is slightly browned.

Chicken Marinara after I excitedly ate most of it!

No matter if you chose to make chicken parm or chicken marinara, that first bite is going to taste delicious. With a recipe like this you don’t have to go out anymore, you can enjoy restaurant quality meals from your home!

Steven Louis

Steven Louis

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2022 HOMETOWN: Coto de Caza, California PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @steven_louis13 At USC, I’m the President of 3D4E (3D Printing club) and part of the USC Surf Team. I’ve also worked in both automation and product design through summer internships. I love designing and working on at-home projects.