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Captain’s Pecorino Romano Chicken

by Permanent Posies on September 26, 2011

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We have been in a month long whirlwind of activity.  My son and daughter-in-law are heading for a new duty station in Vicenza, Italy and the family has been gathering….laughing….playing….eating….teasing….absorbing each other’s presence…..making as many memories as possible…..snapping photos….and most importantly, loving each other with our whole hearts.  There has been no tension, other than the knowledge that they will be gone for a few years….the sadness….and the excitement that will bring.  We all want to travel abroad and visit them but we have to fit it into Army Ranger’s training in Germany and before his deployment to Afghanistan.

Today I am sad.  I have done this before and I can do it again.  I just know how hard it is, even though I will cling to God and He will calm all my fears.  But, when your children are so far away for so long, there is an aching and a longing for us mommas.  I can just rejoice that it won’t be forever.

Enough of that!  I decided to share a recipe that my son cooked while he was here.  I named it Captain’s Pecorino Romano Chicken.  This recipe is made with Pecorino Romano cheese, which is made from sheep’s milk and most of it comes from Sardinia, Italy.  My son also used slices of Mozzerella, rather than grated.  Nice touch!  Since Army Ranger is headed to Italy, I thought this was an appropriate post.

My chicken dish is for TUESDAY’S TASTY TIDBITS and GROCERY SHOP FOR FREE.  I am still guest blogging over there, so go check out some great deals.   Please join us by sharing your recipe in the recipe link-up at the bottom of this post.  Make sure you LINK BACK somewhere on your blog.  You can link any post about food, not just recipes, but make sure you link back directly to that post.


Even Captains in the army  say, “Mooooom!  Don’t take my picture.”  Had to include that photo…haha.

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Serve it with a beautiful salad that has some of the Pecorino Romano cheese, marinated artichokes and a little fresh mozzerella…..and Asiago Caesar dressing….Yum!


Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Susan Root Merritt
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 4
  • 4 large chicken breasts, pounded a little flatter for even cooking
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cup Eggbeaters
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1.5-2 cups of bread crumbs (GF version, use crushed Corn Chex)
  • 1/2 tsp thyme (dried)
  • 1 tsp basil (dried)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan)….the kind that comes in a big chunk
  • 1 cup mozzerella….or 1-2 slices per piece of chicken (so 1/4 cup per piece)
  • Marinara sauce—maybe 2 tbsp on each piece of chicken plus some for the pasta (I used Classic brand)
  • Pasta
  1. Pound out the chicken a little. It doesn’t need to be really thin, just an even thickness. Mix the eggs and/or Eggbeaters with the buttermilk and place the chicken in it.
  2. In another bowl, mix the bread crumbs and the spices. I bought plain bread crumbs.
  3. After putting the chicken in the eggs, dredge it through the bread crumbs.
  4. Place in a pan and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. These were giant so we cooked them for 40 minutes.
  5. When you only lack about 10 minutes of cooking, take the chicken out, spoon some marinara on top. Top it with the mozzerella and romano cheese.
  6. If you don’t have a big hunk of mozzerella cheese and you don’t have Pecorino Romano cheese, just use plain grated mozzerella and grated Parmesan. Sometimes you just have to punt, right? But if you shop at Costco, they sell the Romano cheese in a big hunk….and I use it on everything. Yum!
  7. Cook some pasta on the side and after it is cooked, add a few tbsp of butter, while it is still hot. Serve it with the chicken and top with a few tbsp of marinara.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jill September 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Thanks for commenting on how you enjoy my posts! I so appreciate that! I shared my videos of making grain-free matzoh balls and pecan crusted apple crisp!

Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Thank you, Sweetie. One active duty soldier seems to take all my prayers! I can’t imagine having 3. One of my girls ran an orphanage clinic for awhile in Sudan and I have to say that it felt a lot like deployment. Thank God she came home….haha. Anyway, if you are like me, you feel blessed by their decisions to serve others with their lives.

Emily September 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Looks delicious- I’m so impressed with the Captain!

Erin{Lavender and Lemon Drops} September 26, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Oh yum! I’m so hungry and this looks SO tasty right now ;)

Janelle September 27, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Thanks so much for the link!  The Captain looks very handsome.  :) 

My little brother is a Marine, so I know how difficult it is to say goodbye.  Hopefully you will all be together soon.  

Hezzi-D September 27, 2011 at 5:29 AM

This looks wonderful, like chicken parm on steroids!

Tamona September 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Absolutely delicious meal. I was just telling Dian how my husband lies and says its the only thing he can cook. I don’t mind the lie so much because its soooooooooooooo good!

Liz @ Two Maids a Milking September 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Yum! That sounds wonderful!! Thanks for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

Erica September 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Mmmm! This looks so good!  Good luck to you and your family!!

Jami September 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Hi Susan!  This is the sweetest post!  The recipe was just a bonus!  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son as go through this temporary separation.  I look at my 5 & 7 year old boys and my heart aches even thinking about being away from them (even if they become capable, impressive Army Captains!)   Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Tuesday To To Party!

Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Thank you so much for your sweet comments. Our kids are our life, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by again.

Joy of Desserts September 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Your love and caring for your son shows so strongly. Sending thoughts and prayers his way for a safe return. They’ll enjoy Vicenza. The entire Veneto area is stunningly gorgeous. I hope they’ll get a chance to do some sightseeing before the hard-core deployment to Afghanistan. We’ve had so many family members sent to war zones over the years, I can completely empathize with you. *** Hugs ***   Great family photos, btw. Your son’s recipe and salad look delicious. Thank you for the tip on finding the cheese at Costco. :-) We love cheese.

laurie September 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Looks delish!

Rachel @ The Traveling Spoon September 29, 2011 at 6:25 PM

It sounds like your son is going to the unit my husband and I just left. We were with the part located in Germany, but we loved it! I wish your son and his wife safe travels and a wonderful time overseas. I certainly hope you get the chance to visit them!

Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Wow! That is awesome. I will be visiting them….hopefully at Christmas. My son will be doing a lot of training in Germany. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Whitesnake Whitesnake October 1, 2011 at 6:06 PM


Anonymous October 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I am always happy for new chicken recipes and I have to say I love a man that cooks. :) Both are winners. Thanks for sharing this post on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I don’t have a recipe post to link up but I will surely be looking at some of these.

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures October 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasure’s Make Your Own! Monday link-up..

Check back tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

I also submitted my Mango Chia Pudding :)

Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Thanks Brandy. I hope you will return.

Cricket @ Thrifty Texas Penny March 5, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Thanks for linking up to the Dishing It Up recipe hop this week! I appreciate the substitution suggestions. We don’t typically keep “fancy” cheeses on hand, nor do I like to pay their hefty price. But my husband loves to cook with them. :-)

Amanda@SavingMyselfSilly March 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Thanks for linking up to the Dishing It Up Recipe Hop! I’ve just shared this link on our facebook wall!

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