While most people seem to dislike Valentine’s Day, we love it. It’s just an extra excuse to go out of your way to make special time with your spouse and kids. We don’t do anything huge, but we love simple gestures, like making a special dinner (at home…for not much money, because it’s not about the money.). This cute Chicken Parmesan Valentines Day Dinner for Two is a neat and delicious way to make the day memorable.
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Chicken Parmesan is one of those easy go-to meals for us. You can serve it with pasta to make it more filling. Serve it with some easy appetizers, heartwarming soup, sautéed veggies, or maybe a simple salad. We know how hard it is to do something really nice for Valentine’s Day when you’re a parent, so simple in-home meals like this delicious Valentine’s dinner for two is just perfect.
This big list of date night ideas is perfect for Valentine’s Day (and you don’t have to leave home!).
Cute Chicken Parmesan Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two
Note: you don’t have to use quite that many bread crumbs or eggs, as long as you are able to coat both chicken breasts with each. Using a smaller dish may help with not needing as much of the bread crumbs and parmesan. If this is the case, you can cut the recipe down while keeping the same ratio.
Beat the egg well to make an “egg bath” coating then place it in a small, rimmed dish. Place the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese (and salt and pepper) into another small, rimmed dish. If needed, pound the chicken a bit for an even consistency–I don’t necessarily do this unless it’s a pretty chunky piece.
One at a time, dip the chicken breast into the egg wash, coating both sides, then into the bread crumb mixture, fully coating both sides.
Place the breaded chicken breast onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake the chicken in the oven at 425°F for 30-40 minutes, depending on size, until fully-cooked (the juices should run clear…I will often make a small, deep cut into the chicken breast in a place that will be covered up later to check to make sure all the pink is gone.).
Remove the chicken from the oven and set aside.
Carefully cut a string cheese stick into four quarters the long way. Begin placing it on top of the still-hot chicken in the shape of a heart. Use toothpicks to hold the cheese in place if needed. Together the two string cheese slices will make a heart outline with an opening.
Bake the chicken just a few minutes longer to melt the cheese, then remove it from the oven again.
Heat up the red sauce.
Plate the chicken–on top of the cooked pasta works great…you can even add extra sauce on top of the pasta if you’re like me and enjoy a lot.
Add some pasta sauce to the center of the string cheese heart on top of the chicken, so the heart is red. The sauce should be on the thicker side, as very runny sauce will drip down the sides (yikes…the heart might look like it’s bleeding!).
Serve your Heart-Shaped Chicken Parmesan Valentine’s Day Dinner while it’s still hot and enjoy in the candlelight!
Try this fun Conversation Hearts Conversation Starter Game with your special someone to get to know each other a little more over dinner.
(Because you can never stop learning more about your spouse.)
We served ours up with a side of sautéed zucchini and strawberry shortcake. We cut the strawberries into heart shapes and used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to gently press heart shapes into the zucchini before cooking it (but not all the way through, so the hearts stayed inside the zucchini slices). This just made it a little extra fun and special.
Get closer to your loved one with a candlelit dinner. We used a serving dish with three spots so we could snuggle up close, or you can pull out the fancy dishes.
Be sure to tell each other you love each other! You may already know, but it’s always so nice to hear a reminder.