We all have that one dish, that makes us oh so happy. The one your mom always made you when you were having a bad day. The one that made you so excited when you came home from your after school sport, only to find out it was what was being made for dinner!
My mom is an excellent cook and is who influenced my love for cooking. When I was going into 10th grade she quit her corporate job at Nationwide to pursue who love for cooking. She started a business called “The Wooden Spoon Cooking Co.” Here are some throwbacks to her grand opening in 2008 and when I would help her with kids cooking class:
Sadly, the Wooden Spoon was not what God had in mind for her. It fell through and didn’t work out as intended. As a result, it made things financially hard for our family for a couple years while I was in high school. I remember the fear we were going to lose the house. Thankfully, God kept watching over us and our family got over that road block. What I constantly told her when she got down about it was, “You are doing what makes you happy and that is what matters most. You are chasing your dreams and I couldn’t be more happy for you.”
She never gave up on her dream of turning her love for cooking into a business. Years later she started another business, Retro Dinner Diva. This one wasn’t a store, but still involved cooking meals for others. This one is still flourishing three years later!! She started cooking in her kitchen at home and slowly one refrigerator turned into two, which then turned into three. The orders came flying and business was booming. Now, she cooks out of the Commissary, a community kitchen in Columbus. You can check her business out here: Retro Dinner Diva
With all that said I am happy to *announce* that this year her company, Retro Dinner Diva, was named one of 360 “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine on their 2016 Entrepreneur 360™ list. WOOT WOOT!!
So proud of my momma!
Anyways, I am celebrating this HUGE accomplishment by sharing one of my favorite meals she always made for me. I make this recipe all the time now! I still haven’t mastered it like her, but I hope to one day have it mastered so I can share this joyous meal with my future family!
Romano Crusted Chicken
- 4 boneless chicken breast, usually about 1 lb of chicken
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 egg
- ½ cup Fryin’ magic
- ½ cup Italian Bread crumbs
- ½ cup Romano cheese, shredded
- ½ box Spaghetti
- 2 cups pasta sauce of your choice
- ½ cup half and half
- If using the oven, preheat to 375ºF. If using a frying pan, heat oil to medium-high heat.
- Whisk 1 egg in a small container.
- In a another small container, mix together Fryin’ magic, Italian bread crumbs and Romano cheese.
- Dip each chicken breast in egg mixture, then dry mixture to coat. Place in baking dish or pan.
- Dice 1 clove of garlic and sprinkle over chicken while it is cooking.
- In oven, bake chicken for 18-20 minutes, flip half way through.
- For the frying pan, cook chicken on each side for 8-10 minutes.
- While the chicken is cooking, heat up sauce and add in half and half and whisk to form a creamy sauce. Boil the spaghetti noodles and strain out water once cooked.
- To plate, place the Romano crusted chicken breast over the spaghetti and pour sauce over top.
Above is an example of pre-cooked chicken in a baking dish.
Above is an example of cooked chicken in a frying pan.
You can bake the chicken in the oven or a pan. It really is up to your preference, I’ve done both. I myself am better as using a pan, because I can make the chicken crispier that way!
Anyways, have a lovely fall filled weekend and go buckeyes!