I love pasta! It’s a recipe staple that goes with so many dishes, and not just Italian meals. As a Cuban-American I grew up with many amazing recipes, one of my absolute favorites is our version of Chicken Parmesan, “Pollo a la Milanesa”. While this is a dish that is common among all of Latin America, Cubans usually add ham and serve it over rice, along with other tropical go-to side dishes like fried plantains.
I decided to give it an American twist by making it over angel hair pasta, and oh em geesh, did I score big! It is definitely good enough to rival my Grandma’s, and my all-American husband gave it the seal of approval, with both cheeks full.
Chicken Parm – Cuban Style
(Pollo a la Milanesa)
It’s important to make the pasta sauce from scratch for this recipe. I know it’s a little extra work, but honestly in order to keep it authentic to the Cuban tradition, you cannot use store bought Italian pasta sauce. Don’t fret though, I’ve got you covered!
Follow this easy recipe for Homemade Pasta Sauce:
Homemade Pasta Sauce
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1/2 Yellow Onion
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 can Tomato paste
- Garlic Salt
- Black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup Water
- 1 heaped tablespoon Sugar
|Slice the onion, green pepper, and garlic in a food processor. To a hot pan, add the oil and vegetables and heat until softened.|
|Add the tomato paste, water, garlic salt, black pepper, and sugar, mix well.|
|Place the mixture back into the food processor and blend until it's just slightly lumpy.|
Once your homemade pasta sauce is ready, start working on your chicken!
Cuban Pollo a la Milanesa
- 1 box Barilla Pasta (Spaghetti or Angel Hair)
- 4-5 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- Homemade Pasta Sauce (see recipe)
- 2 Eggs (whisked)
- 4-5 Slices of Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- 4-5 Slices of Smoked Ham
- Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
|Preheat the oven to 350º. Place the oil in a pan on low heat. |
In the meantime, dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, remove, and sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Place breadcrumbs into a shallow plate, dip each chicken breast into the breadcrumbs, making sure to cover both sides really well.
|Place the chicken breast carefully (use tongs) into the pan. Allow to crisp golden brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side. |
Put all of the chicken breasts onto a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil, then place them in the oven for 30 minutes or until fully cooked.
|Remove from the oven, and add a heaping layer of pasta sauce over each breast, followed by a slice of ham, and top with a thick slice of mozzarella. Place the chicken breasts back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.|
|While the chicken is in the oven, boil salted water in a sauce pan, and cook the pasta al dente. Drain the pasta, plate it with some of the pasta sauce over it, and finish your dish off with a piece of Pollo a la Milanesa over the pasta. Serve hot, enjoy!|
My Grandma always used top notch ingredients so when I try my hand at her recipes, I make sure to do the same. You may notice that I use Barilla pasta in all of my pasta dishes, well that’s because only the best will do!
Barilla is always a great buy, especially where I shop, Walmart. Barilla will be having in-store product demos taking place in select Walmart stores featuring the recipes for Barilla elbows and wavy lasagna! They’ll be taking place from 11/06 – 11/09/14. Definitely try to make it to the demos and check out those recipes!
I bet my Latin version of Chicken Parmesan is making your mouth water! Well go ahead and make it for your family this week, trust me they will thank you!
Pasta is a great addition to any meal, who knew it would works so well with traditional Latin American meals?
What can you substitute pasta for this week?
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