Chicken Parmesan Garlic Bread – “Tasty” Recipe Tested [PHOTOS]
After seeing the delicious-looking video for Chicken Parmesan Garlic Bread on the popular Facebook page, Tasty, I decided to give it a try in my own kitchen.
This isn't my first go-round attempting to replicate recipes I've seen pop up in my News Feed. There was the time I tried Nashville-Style Chicken Wings which turned out really well. There was Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake that turned out OK. Finally, there was Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken which, well, either needs to be revisited, or never spoken of again, I'm still undecided.
If we're taking an average here, I'd give my success rate around 75-percent. Will the Chicken Parmesan Garlic Bread bump that average up a bit, or burn it like a casserole you forgot to set the timer for? Here's how it's presented on the Tasty page:
So easy and simple, right? Not quite.
Slicing, breading, and frying the chicken wasn't the problem. A little time-consuming, maybe, but not difficult. The issue began with stuffing the bread. Following the same method as the video, I cut the baguette into sections, and attempted to hollow out the middle of each with a paring knife. More times than not, I found myself cutting out a cone-shaped hole which required a second cut from the other end to fully hollow out the bread.
Once I finished that part, which left behind a mess of bread crumbs that looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy exploded on my counter top, it was on to wrapping the chicken pieces in mozzarella slices and stuffing them into their bread coffins. Which led to issue number two.
The cheese slices tore as I tried to wrap them around the chicken, most to the point where I would have been better off just ripping each slice in half and sandwiching each piece of chicken between them. But hey, the cheese is just going to melt in the oven anyway, so it doesn't have to pretty, right? Sure, let's go with that.
Keeping the cheese intact wouldn't be the last obstacle I had to overcome before I could get this God-forsaken sandwich in the oven. I still had to cram the whole thing into the hollowed-out bread.
Let's do a side-by-side of how theirs looked compared to mine.
I don't think I have to tell you whose is whose.
Notice their's fits in there nice and snug while mine blew out the side of the bread like Grandpa's pants after Thanksgiving dinner. I even tried trimming down a few pieces of chicken, but got the same result.
After cramming chicken and cheese into each piece of bread like someone trying to cram their size eight foot into a size six shoe because they swear that's their size, it was time to lay out the loaf on a pan and get it ready for the oven. Again, their end result and mine were slightly different.
At least this one looks somewhat similar.
After wrestling this thing for 45 minutes to an hour, I threw a piece of foil over the top and put it in the oven. The finished product looked like this (theirs is on top, but you probably could have figured that out by this point).
Eh, close enough.
Taste-wise, it was pretty good. But as I told my wife the minute I threw it in the oven, it wasn't going to matter how good it tasted, I had already determined it wasn't worth the hassle.
If you want to give it shot, grab the recipe and go crazy.