Lunch / Dinner
It looks like chicken Parmesan — but it isn’t. Try this simple spin on an all-time favorite, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t fix it sooner!
Change is always good, but in this case, it’s delicious. This dish, based on chicken Parmesan, simply swaps out chicken for pork loin, keeping the same crowd-pleasing aspects intact: crisp breading and cheese. Marvelous.
Chicken Parmesan is a perennial Italian-American favorite for a reason. Crisp breaded chicken, rich, melty cheese, and flavor-packed tomato sauce — it’s hard to find a more satisfying combo. But even the best dishes can be improved upon. Sometimes something as simple as switching up the protein can make an old meal feel fresh. And when you make sure each component is as tasty as it can be — easily achieved with extra-crisp panko bread crumbs, fresh mozzarella, and a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce — you’ll be entirely convinced you can improve upon perfection.
Test Kitchen Tip
For extra-crispy pork, allow the breaded pieces to chill before sautéing. This helps the breading set up and adhere better.
Combine ½ cup Parmesan and panko in a shallow dish. Place flour and egg each in separate shallow dishes. Season pork with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Dredge pork pieces in flour, dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then dredge in Parmesan mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer pork to a rack; chill while preparing squash and sauce.
Sauté pork in oil in a 12-inch cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve pork with Yellow Squash Noodles & Sauce; top with basil and additional Parmesan.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 50%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 185mg 61%
Sodium 578mg 24%
Carbs 12g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.