Authentic Chicken Parmo Recipe | Easy Middlesbrough Classic

Chicken Parmo with Caesar Salad: A Teesside Classic with a Fresh Twist
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Get ready to indulge in a beloved Chicken Parmo Recipe from the North-East of England – the Chicken Parmo. This hearty dish features crispy breaded chicken topped with rich béchamel sauce and melted cheese, making it a perfect choice for a satisfying dinner. Paired with a classic Caesar Salad, it offers a delightful balance of flavours and textures that will please any palate.

History

Did you know that the Chicken Parmo, also known as Teesside Parmesan, originated in Middlesbrough, England? This dish was created by Nicos Harris, a Greek-American chef, in the 1950s. Since then, it has become a local favourite, inspiring annual competitions and even attempts to gain protected status as a traditional specialty. The Parmo is more than just a meal; it’s a piece of culinary heritage cherished by many in the North-East of England.

Serving Suggestions

The Chicken Parmo is best served hot, right out of the oven. It pairs wonderfully with a side of crispy chips and a refreshing salad or coleslaw. For a touch of acidity to balance the richness of the dish, add a lemon wedge on the side. The Caesar Salad, with its crunchy romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and croutons, provides a perfect complement, adding a fresh and zesty note to your meal.

Storing Instructions

Store any leftover Chicken Parmo in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, you can freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Make sure the dish has completely cooled before storing to maintain its texture and flavour.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat your Chicken Parmo, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the chicken on a baking tray and cover it loosely with foil to prevent the cheese from burning. Heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the dish is warmed through. If reheating from frozen, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Conclusion

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How to Make Chicken Parmo

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Authentic Chicken Parmo Recipe | Easy Middlesbrough Classic

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 1 hr
Cooking Temp: 200  °C Servings: 4 Calories: 850 kcal per serving

Description

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this Chicken Parmo, a beloved Teesside classic. Crispy breaded chicken breasts are topped with a luscious béchamel sauce and golden melted cheese, creating a dish that's rich, satisfying, and utterly delicious. Paired with a fresh and crunchy Caesar Salad, this meal offers a perfect balance of flavours and textures. Ideal for a hearty dinner, this recipe brings a taste of Middlesbrough's culinary heritage straight to your table.

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

For the Béchamel Sauce:

For the Caesar Salad:

Instructions

Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Preheat Oven

    Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) or Gas Mark 6.

  2. Butterfly and Flatten Chicken

    Butterfly the chicken breasts and flatten them to about 1cm thickness using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.

  3. Set Up Breading Stations

    Season the flour with salt and pepper and place it on a plate. Place the beaten eggs in a separate bowl and the breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese on another plate.

  4. Bread the Chicken

    Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, then dip into the beaten eggs, and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Press the breadcrumbs firmly onto the chicken to ensure an even coating.

Fry the Chicken

  1. Heat Oil

    Heat a generous amount of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

  2. Fry Chicken Breasts

    Once the oil is hot, fry the breaded chicken breasts for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

  3. Transfer to Baking Tray

    Transfer the fried chicken to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

Make the Béchamel Sauce:

  1. Melt Butter

    In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

  2. Create Roux

    Once melted, add the flour and stir continuously to form a roux. Cook for about 2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.

  3. Add Milk Gradually

    Gradually add the milk, a little at a time, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to cook and stir until the sauce thickens.

  4. Season Sauce

    Add the nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in half of the grated Cheddar cheese until melted and smooth.

Assemble and Bake:

  1. Pour Sauce Over Chicken

    Pour the béchamel sauce over the fried chicken breasts on the baking tray.

  2. Add Remaining Cheese

    Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese on top.

  3. Bake

    Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Prepare the Salad

  1. Combine Ingredients

    In a large bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, grated Parmesan cheese, and croutons.

  2. Add Dressing

    Drizzle with Caesar dressing and toss to coat evenly.

Serve

  1. Plate and Serve

    Serve the Chicken Parmo hot, ideally with the Caesar Salad on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 850kcal
Calories from Fat 405kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g70%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 230mg77%
Sodium 1100mg46%
Potassium 900mg26%
Total Carbohydrate 50g17%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 55g111%

Vitamin A 750 IU
Vitamin C 6 mg
Calcium 400 mg
Iron 3 mg
Vitamin E 3 IU
Vitamin K 60 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Note

  • For a healthier option, you can bake the breaded chicken breasts instead of frying them. Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) or Gas Mark 6, and bake the breaded chicken on a baking tray lined with parchment paper for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika to the flour mixture before dredging the chicken.
  • Leftover béchamel sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently over low heat, stirring continuously to maintain its smooth texture.
  • To save time, you can use store-bought Caesar dressing, but homemade dressing will add a fresher taste to your salad.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, you can use chicken thighs, but be sure to adjust the cooking time as thighs may take a bit longer to cook through. Make sure they are flattened to an even thickness to ensure even cooking.

What can I use instead of Panko breadcrumbs?What can I use instead of Panko breadcrumbs?

If you don’t have Panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs will work just fine. For a different texture, you can also try crushed cornflakes or crushed crackers.

How can I make this dish gluten-free?

To make a gluten-free Chicken Parmo, use gluten-free flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs. Ensure all other ingredients, such as the béchamel sauce, are free from gluten-containing additives.

Can I prepare the Chicken Parmo in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the breaded chicken and béchamel sauce in advance. Store them separately in the refrigerator and assemble just before baking.

What other cheeses can I use for the béchamel sauce?

Mozzarella, Gruyère, or a blend of different cheeses can be used in place of Cheddar for a different flavour profile. Each cheese will bring its unique taste and texture to the dish.

Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe?

You can make a vegetarian version by substituting the chicken with large slices of aubergine or portobello mushrooms. Follow the same breading and baking instructions for a delicious vegetarian alternative.

How do I prevent the breadcrumbs from falling off the chicken?

Ensure that you press the breadcrumbs firmly onto the chicken during the breading process. Let the breaded chicken rest for a few minutes before frying to help the coating adhere better.

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Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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