Chicken Parmesan is an Italian American classic that never gets old. Crispy, golden crusted juicy chicken is topped with vibrant tomato sauce and ridiculous amounts of fresh mozzarella cheese. It's nothing short of awesome.
After a Nourished by the Moon session from my friend Mary Ellen, I learned that my deep desire to cook for people might be rooted in my Leo moon placement. There's something about cooking for scratch for someone that I find deeply satisfying. The more complex the dish, the more love I can share. Going to the trouble is the way I let people know what they mean to me.
And I think there's something about the Leo in me that also loves the praise that usually follows. When you make something delicious for someone, they're not shy about expressing how much they love it. It's easy to see the joy you've created. People feel free to be enthusiastic about how good it is. It's a positive feedback loop that I've leaned into deeply.
What makes Chicken Parmesan so awesome?
The first time I made this Chicken Parmesan for my now husband in our tiny Taiwan apartment with a two burner stove and a countertop oven, he said it was the best chicken he'd ever eaten. I don't know if he was just trying to be nice, but it is incredibly delicious. With a crisp golden crust, lots of gooey cheese, and rich and sweet tomato sauce, this dish hits all the sweet spots.
I think it's the perfect date night dish because it's easiest to make two servings. Plus, there's just something 90's nostalgic about it. It's a bit kitschy but undeniably delicious. I use my favorite jarred tomato sauce so that the chicken can get al my attention. You want it to be perfect crisp on the outside and still juicy on the inside. I guarantee, whoever you make it for will be mightily impressed.
Make it magical
Sometimes the power of kitchen witchcraft is not in the specific ingredients of a dish but in the memories it conjures. For me, Chicken Parmesan will always conjure up the memories of the earliest days of building a life with my true love. So whether you have a personal association with this particular dish or if there's another recipe that sparks strong emotion for you, don't hesitate to use that in your magic. You can recreate the vibration of that memory every time you make that dish and even pass those good vibes onto the next generation. So the next time you're in the kitchen making a family favorite, be intentional about allowing yourself to be flooded with the memories. Any dish can become a spell of remembrance if you simply allow yourself to remember.
For information on the magical properties of the ingredients in this recipe, check the Kitchen Magick page.
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