How to eat healthfully without sacrificing flavor (or dessert).
1 recipe Homemade Tomato Sauce or your favorite tomato sauce, warmed up
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 8 ounces each) or 4 smaller breasts (4-5 ounces each)
1 large egg
1/2-1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup olive oil
8, 1/4 thick slices of mozzarella (I use the fresh, whole milk kind)
Slice the chicken breasts in half: the easiest way to do this is to lay the breast flat and parallel to you, on a cutting board. Face the thick end of the breast to the side that youre going to start cutting from (so to the right, for a right-handed person). Place one hand on top of breast to hold down. Using a sharp chefs knife, start at the thicker end of the breast. Hold knife parallel to the cutting board and slice through the center of the breast.
Put egg in a dish or pie plate and beat.
Put almond meal in another pie plate or large plate.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet. Oil is ready for frying when it starts to shimmer. While oil is heating, coat breasts.
Working with one at a time, dip both sides of breast in beaten egg and then in almond meal to coat. Add to hot oil as each one is coated.
Sauté cutlets until golden brown on each side and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes total.
Preheat oven to broil.
Transfer cutlets to a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Top each cutlet with a spoonful or two of tomato sauce and 2 slices of mozzarella. Put a little tomato sauce in baking dish around cutlets. (Dont feel the need to use up all the tomato sauce or it will make the breasts soggy. Serve extra tomato sauce on the side at the table.)
Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and lightly brown.
Add a teaspoon of oregano or Italian seasoning and/or 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to the almond meal mixture before breading the chicken breasts.