I’m just guessing but I think Chicken Parmesan came about when someone like me made too many chicken cutlets. You can turn them into pretty good chicken sandwiches (why else would they sell frozen breaded chicken patties?) and even Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.
But I think the classic dish for leftover chicken cutlets has to be Chicken Parmesan. A while back I had made too many chicken cutlets and froze the extras.
Tonight I used up the last with some fantastic Chicken Parmesan. I thawed the leftovers just enough to separate them, then laid them in a shallow baking dish. I put a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of most of them, poured some reheated marinara sauce from the freezer on top, like this or this. I topped with some grated Parmesan cheese and baked at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
During that time, I made a small Caesar salad and cooked up some angel hair pasta. A perfect combo and a great way to use up some of my frozen assets.