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Gordon Ramsay – I may not like you, but you CAN cook chicken!

Posted on May 24, 2010 by in Chicken

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Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay, let me just get it off my chest by saying, “I don’t like him!” By that I am not at all implying that I know him, I’m simply saying that the image that he chose for himself as a public figure, is not my cup of tea. He clearly has a following if I just judge it by the traffic jam in front of the Cape Town Convention Centre, where the Good Food and Wine Show was held recently, so give credit where credit is due…he can cook, is very successful and clearly very entertaining…..sadly not to all.

Having said that, if I switch to the food channel and one of his shows are on, it is very hard to click away so let let me just say this publically……My name is Nina Timm and I watch Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay “in the closet sometimes!” Last week in one of Gordon Ramsay shows in the F Word series, he made this divine chicken dish and as I grabbed a pen to start jotting down the ingredients, I knew this recipe is going to be a winner with my family and indeed it was…. Gordon just calls this Mozzarella Chicken, but it so much more than just that….simple flavors turned into something really tasty. Just think, crunchy crumbed chicken, gooey melted cheese, sweet tomatoes and parmesan…….does it get any better than this?
I hear you asking, “So have you converted to a Gordon Ramsay fan?” The answer is still “No”, but in future, if I see him cooking something, I might just stay a while longer. So here it is then….

Gordon Ramsay’s Mozzarella Chicken

Ingredients – 4 servings

4 plump chicken breasts – skinned and de-boned
4 tbsp flour
2 eggs – slightly beaten
soft breadcrumbs
about 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
vegetable oil

For the salsa

500gr baby tomatoes – halved
a big handful of chopped basil
a pinch of sugar
zest of a lemon
a squirt of lemon juice
vegetable oil
1 clove garlic crushed

For the topping

2-3 balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella – sliced
4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

First butterfly the chicken breasts and then taken them through the crumbing process. Have 3 bowls ready, one with the seasoned flour, one with the beaten egg and the last one with the breadcrumbs. Dip the butterflied chicken in the flour first, shaking off all excess flour. Next, dip it into the beaten egg and lastly in the bread crumbs. Heat some vegetable oil in a big skillet and fry the chicken breasts until they are golden brown and crispy.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
In a smaller pan, heat some vegetable oil and add the tomatoes, basil and all the other ingredients for the salsa. Toss these ingredients in the pan over a high heat until the tomatoes start to break up, but not completely fall apart. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Spoon some of this tomato mixture on each chicken breast and arrange 2-3 slices of mozzarella on top. Finish off with some grated parmesan and bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. Serve with some sauteed spinach or a side salad.
If this sounds complicated, see how the master himself does it.
If you are a fan and want to see and hear a bit more of Gordon Ramsay, clicke here!
Read all about his visit here in Cape Town.

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32 Responses to “Gordon Ramsay – I may not like you, but you CAN cook chicken!”

  1. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 25 May 2010 at 12:29 am #

    I'm neither pro or con regarding GR but this recipe certainly sounds delicious!

  2. Peter M 25 May 2010 at 2:19 am #

    The chicken DOES look delish, despite GR's less than charming disposition.

    However, I've heard he's fab in person (the TV persona is bad).

  3. Adele @ WillworkforBiltong 25 May 2010 at 3:41 am #

    I'm with you on this man. Sure, he obviously can cook, but will he forever be known for that, or for being rude and nasty to whoever he comes across? Or for cheating on his wife? It's a pity people get rich and famous for swearing.

    With that off my chest, I always look for something new to do with chicken fillets, so I might pretend this is Nigella's recipe and try it.

    • Jacob 4 January 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      its called having a personality

  4. Arnold 25 May 2010 at 6:03 am #

    I have to agree, the man can be somewhat rude when he wants to be. His recipes however are just great and he has a definite knack of making things appear much easier than they really are.

  5. lavender & lime 25 May 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Despite his love of the F word, I am a fan – he really knows food.

  6. Marisa 25 May 2010 at 8:45 am #

    This looks straight forward and delicious! Don't really know Gordon, but from what I've heard, I'm not that charmed by him either.

  7. Rhyleysgranny 25 May 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I am not keen on the man but he does have some good recipes and this seems to be one. It looks and sounds delish. Thank you for passing it on.

  8. polkadotcupcake 25 May 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Ah nina, another #cheeseslut favourite! Don't like the man either, and I hear his restaurant's a bit of a let down, but yes, he sure can cook! Just watch him on mute to keep out the bad language!

  9. Leoni Webb 25 May 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Definitely trying this one, love the easy recipes on your site, makes dinner-times so much easier!

  10. Juno 25 May 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I also saw him making this on the F Word, Nina, and almost fell of my chair in a swoon. What a fabulous combination – thanks for the recipe. This is definitely on the menu this week. x

  11. Juno 25 May 2010 at 11:15 am #

    PS Thanks for the link to the article about Ramsay's Maze evening, Nina. Glad I am not the only one who's mad about the way organisers planned these events.

  12. Rose&Thorn 25 May 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    You and I share a dirty little secret – just to let you know, when no one's home I also watch him! I think he's one of those – love to hate people, but then I feel the same way about Nigella and her table manners (also that she looks so good fat!)!!!
    This is a winner chicken dish, and I think if Gordon came to your kitchen, he could learn not only about food but about being a good person too!

  13. bellini valli 25 May 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I have no trouble at all turning the channel when GR the public image is on, but I must say I do that for every reality show out there. That would not stop me though from making any of his dishes or going to his restaurants. He has a well known passion for food!!!

  14. Jessy and her dog Winnie 26 May 2010 at 3:55 am #

    Awesome pic! This looks soooooo good!

  15. Jan 26 May 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I do agree with Peter M – I think he's much nicer in real life. In his TV prog 'Kitchen Nightmares USA' he has even spent his own money helping people out and has even got all emotional with them.
    LOVE that chicken Nina – what a great job you did!

  16. MeetaK 26 May 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    i do like his cheek. but to say i like him – not really. i've never cooked a recipe from him yet but things could change after seeing this chicken!

  17. Lezly 26 May 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi, I love Gordon!! Sorry. Please could you tell me how to butterfly a chicken breast? Thanks

  18. Gregory 26 May 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    You've never heard anyone say "Fuck"? All a little priggish methinks.

  19. Nina Timm 26 May 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks for all your lovely comments….and some not so friendly.
    Gregory – yes I hear the word often, but when I do have the choice I choose not to hear it, sorry! My "confession" really was …I may not like everything GR does, but I do like his cooking…
    Lezly – you can watch this:

  20. My Carolina Kitchen 27 May 2010 at 2:32 am #

    I confess I don't think I've seen him on television but a couple of times. He was a bit over the top, but I like Anthony Bourdain – what can I say. However, I tried one of Gordon's recipes in a magazine and it was terrific.

    This is a gorgeous chicken dish. He does know how to cook.

  21. maria 27 May 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    I initially had the same impression of Ramsay. But then I saw him a bit different in some episodes of his show and realized he is not all that bad. Just tough.

    This dish looks amazing. Lovely chicken … fresh flavors and beautiful presentation.

  22. Pam 28 May 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    He can be such a jerk but he does know how to cook. This dish looks awesome Nina.

  23. Potjie 1 June 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Looks f_cking devine 🙂
    Sorry, could not resist

  24. elly 8 June 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    This chicken looks so fresh and delicious! Yum.

  25. elly 8 June 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    This chicken looks so fresh and delicious! Yum.

  26. Cindy 4 August 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Well, you know how I feel about him, but that does look edible ;p

  27. Anonymous 21 January 2012 at 7:03 am #

    His show is tough love 🙂 he does care but in order to be a top chef you have to be able to deal with the pressure he's just trying to prepare people for all that pressure I mean he's a good guy and an awsome chef:)

  28. Pam 20 February 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    This recipe looks divine. I'm cooking it soon. As far as GR is concerned, I find him funny, tough and efficient. It's nonsense how a few swear-words can negatively colour an entire personality for some people.

  29. Guy 11 May 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Just awesome! I make this so much, its a family favorite now.

  30. rebecca patterson 25 January 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    this is a good recipe but i need a more detailed recipe for menu costing as i am planning to have Parmesan chicken as one of my starters in my menu.


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