Italian Chicken Sorrentino

"I bought a box of frozen breaded eggplants, then had to figure out what to do with them! Eggplant Parmigiana would have been just too easy, so I decided to do this instead. You can kick up the flavor by using provolone cheese instead of mozzarella. You can also add a slice of proscuitto between the chicken and the eggplant, if you wish. I was just trying to keep this recipe as economical as possible."
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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bake eggplant according to package directions (which is approximately 10 minutes). Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook, turning once, until lightly golden, about 2 minutes per side.
  • On same pan used to bake eggplant, place chicken cutlets in single layer. Top each cutlet with about 2 T. sauce, eggplant slices, 2 more T. sauce and sliced cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10 minutes. In pot, toss pasta with remaining sauce; heat through. Serve chicken with pasta and garnish with basil leaves.

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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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