This is one of our family's favorite recipes. My mom created this dish and all growing up I watched her make it. This is a great recipe to make for company because it makes quite a bit. If I am making it just for our family I still make the same amount because it is good leftover. It even tastes great cold.
Italian Pasta Dish
1 (12 ounce) box rigatoni pasta or 1 (12 ounce) box ziti pasta
1-2 cups of broccoli (can steam separately or with pasta - see below)
1 lb of trimmed chicken breast, pounded slightly for tenderness and cut into 1 to 2 inch chunks
2 eggs, mixed with 1/2 cup milk
2 cups Italian style breadcrumbs
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Prepare chicken first as directed above then dip in egg/milk mixture to coat and then directly into bread crumbs to coat. Set chicken aside while your oil is heating.
Pour canola or vegetable oil in large skillet, coming up about 1/2 to 3/4 inch on the side. Add a swirl of olive oil and heat over medium high heat until hot.
Fry chicken on each side for approximately 2-3 minutes, depending on size of piece. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan and drain on large brown paper bag until cool. As needed, add remaining oil to pan. Continue process until all chicken is cooked. Set pan aside to cool.
Next, prepare chosen pasta according to aldente directions. During last three minutes of cooking time add broccoli. Drain pasta and broccoli and move to a large serving dish.
Re-heat set aside cooked chicken in microwave on high for 2 minutes to ensure chicken is cooked through and then add chicken to pasta and broccoli in the serving dish.
Next, drain oil from skillet, leaving only a small coating of oil in pan. If your pan has too many browned bread crumbs you can wipe it out with a paper towel and then add about two tablespoons of new olive oil to pan. Heat skillet on low and add balsamic vinegar. Stir with wooden spoon to mix in pan drippings until vinegar is slightly reduced (approx. 1 minute). Once balsamic/oil mixture is reduced, pour over pasta dish and mix gently. Top with freshly grated cheese and Enjoy!