1 lb ground chicken
3 T parmesan cheese
1 t salt
1 t marjoram or oregano (Marjoram is a bit lighter and not as spicy as oregano. Try it for a change!)
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t ground pepper
1/2 c marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s arrabiata)
3 T parmesan cheese
6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
Olive oil for frying (about 1/2″ in skillet to cover)
Fresh Basil and Tomatoes for garnish (Extra sauce and cheese if you want.)
Breading and Egg Wash
1/4 c flour seasoned with a touch of the above and 2 T parmesan cheese
1 egg lightly beaten and mixed with 1 T of water
1/2 c panko crumbs
Spicy Hot Honey
1/2 c honey (you will probably have some left over)
1–2 t spicy chili paste
Line 2 8″ cake or pie pans with plastic wrap.
Mix together ground chicken with seasonings. To test for seasonings, take about 1 t of the mixture and place in microwave or 20 seconds. Feel free to adjust seasonings if needed. Now divide chicken in half and pat each half into prepared pan. Freeze for about 4 hours. It does not need to be solid, but almost!
Prepare egg wash and breading. Remove chicken and dust with flour on top, bottom and sides. Brush well with egg wash on top, sides and bottom. Cover on all sides with panko crumbs.
Heat oil in pan until shimmering. Add chicken patties to oil. (I did mine one at a time.) Fry until golden about 5 minutes on each side. Remove and drain.
Preheat oven to 400. While oven is preheating cover each chicken patty with 1/4 c of marinara or to your discretion. I think it is better to add more sauce later. If you add too much now your patty will be soggy. Cover with parmesan. Then cover that with mozzarella.
Place on a baking sheet in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Cheese should be melted, if not bake a few minutes longer. Remove from oven,
Heat broiler to high. Slide baking sheet under broiler and broil for just a few minutes until cheese is golden and glistening. Garnish with basil and tomatoes. Serve with a pizza cutter.
Mix up the honey. Drizzle on top or serve on the side.
Feel free to serve over pasta or arugula or both!
Keep a few patties in the freezer for when you want to make this!
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