Make It Easy Monday: Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan with Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Maifun Noodles
There’s tons of gluten-free pasta available in stores. But one thing there isn’t? Gluten-free angel hair pasta. At least not at any of the five different stores I regularly visit to buy gluten-free food.
Luckily, there’s a really excellent alternative that is reasonably priced, tastes good, and cooks easily. But if you were expecting to find it in your store’s Italian food aisle—think again. This tasty gluten-free angel hair alternative is much more likely to be found in the store’s Asian foods section. That’s because it’s made by Annie Chun’s.
Annie Chun’s Maifun Brown Rice Noodles are gluten-free and a fantastic stand-in for angel hair pasta. They’re thin, like angel hair traditionally is, and they hold up well when cooked. Their taste and texture is excellent, too. And because these noodles are plain on their own, they work well in many different types of dishes. I recommend them for Asian dishes as well as Italian dishes that call for angel hair pasta.
I’ve always loved angel hair pasta in Chicken Parmesan recipes, so I decided to give the Maifun Brown Rice Noodles a whirl in this dish. Here’s my recipe—it’s the perfect dish to make when you don’t have a ton of time and need to make a super-easy meal!
Chicken Parmesan with Gluten-Free “Angel Hair”
What you’ll need:
- 1 box Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Maifun Noodles
- 1 jar of your favorite gluten-free tomato sauce
- Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders (find them in your grocery store’s frozen section)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cook Maifun Noodles according to package instructions.
- As pasta cooks, heat your tomato sauce in a saucepan on the stove.
- When pasta is done cooking, drain it and return it to the pot.
- Stir some sauce into the cooked pasta. How much you stir in depends upon your tastes! (But even if you like your pasta super-saucy, don’t stir in all of it.)
- Place the cooked pasta on plates.
- Cook your chicken breasts in the microwave. One serving is three chicken breasts. Cook each serving for 50 seconds on each side.
- Put one serving of chicken breasts on top of the plated pasta.
- Top the chicken breasts with tomato sauce from the pot.
- Top the sauce and chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese. Then microwave it for a few seconds (I nuked mine for about 20-25 seconds) to melt the cheese. Don’t overcook!
- Serve and enjoy!
This meal usually takes me under 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s always delicious. Depending on how many people you have in your family, you may have leftovers of pasta and sauce. The noodles reheat well, so consider taking them (and any leftover chicken you might also have) for a yummy gluten-free lunch the next day!
Disclaimer: The Annie Chun’s noodles mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. Under no circumstances has this affected the integrity of the article. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.