Parmesan Panko Chicken, a Coupon and a GIVEAWAY!

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parmesan Panko Chicken MCE

You are going to LOVE THIS easy recipe, it is SO GOOD!


My family has used Progresso Bread Crumbs for years and we love it.  It is the only brand in my opinion that cooks consistently well and has the best flavor.   I thought I would share one of my families favorite “chicken concoctions” that I make that I think you will really enjoy!

My husband loves the taste of my Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast so much, that he uses the left overs to make a yummy  toasted sandwich the day after having this for dinner!

Before we get started on the recipe, make SURE you
CLICK HERE and grab your coupon for $1.00 off two Progresso Bread Crumbs, you will need it for the recipe!
I picked up one box of Panko AND one box of Italian Crumbs at Publix, they are both super tasty!

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Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast

Parmesa Panko ingredients


  • You want to start out with your boneless skinless chicken breast.  For the best result you want a thin flat piece of chicken.   Cut off any excess fat or skin, then using a sharp knife, hold the breast down and cut it in half horizontally to give you two flatter pieces of chicken.


  • Now for the fun part, you get to beat out your frustrations!   Place two or three pieces of chicken in a big ziplock baggie and use a meat mallet (or hammer if you are country like me) and pound it until it is no more than 1/4 inch thick!  Chicken will break down pretty easily so you don’t have to whack it too hard to get the job done 😉

(Pounding it breaks down the meat / muscle fibers to make it super tender so it is  a must)

  • Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder (you can use other seasonings you like to taste.  The breading will hold in the flavors and make it delicious so season generously.

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Have your prep stations ready to go
(fancy way of saying plates with your stuff on it)

Parmesan Panko in progress

  • After seasoning both sides of each piece of chicken, dip each side in plain flour.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.  You might feel like you can skip this step, but don’t, the flour will give the egg something to stick to and will make sure that you have a complete crispy crust that is not falling off the chicken.  It is important and super easy to do.
    Just press each side of the seasoned chicken in the flour and keep on going!
  • Next, dip the floured chicken in the raw egg that has been beaten thoroughly.  I used two eggs for four large pieces, but you can add more egg if you need it.  Make sure that each side is covered in egg then immediately move to the next station.
  • Your last station should be a plate with Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs and Shredded Parmesan Cheese combined.  It won’t seem like it is coating evenly, but trust me, it will all come together when it starts to cook.   Press the chicken down on each side and make sure it is fully covered.  I pull some from the sides and smush into the top as I am coating it to make sure it is fully covered.

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Get ready to cook!

Have a large skillet ready with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil (any type of oil will work, I prefer vegetable or canola for this recipe but have used others).   Your heat should be set between medium and high and already heated up before you start the process of coating your chicken.

  • When the oil is hot, carefully add each piece of chicken.  The oil should be hot enough that it immediately starts to sizzle when you place the chicken in the oil.   I like my food well seasoned, so I go ahead and sprinkle a little salt, pepper, garlic & onion on the top of it while cooking too!


  • Do not flip the chicken multiple times.  Carefully lift the chicken when you start to see browning around the edges to check and flip only once when the chicken breast is golden in color.  It should lift easily and the breading will stay with the chicken.  If it is browning too fast turn down the temperature of the oil just a bit.  If it cooks too fast the chicken will not be thoroughly cooked through and the outside will be over cooked, if the oil is not hot enough it will be too oily.  I found that on my stove it works best on level 7 or 8 for heat.


  • Once you have cooked both sides, remove from oil and drain on a plate with folded paper towels to absorb any excess oil.  By now your chicken should look like this:


parmesan panko chicken piece

I paired mine with some broccoli, cauliflower and green beans and it was DELICIOUS!

panko plate

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What about left overs??

My husband enjoyed his SO MUCH that he wanted to have a replay the following day.  Instead of just heating up the chicken, he toasted a piece of bread, then placed the chicken on the bread, covered it with some Sargento’s Tasting Cheese (remember that cheap coupon deal we got?) and broiled it on low in the oven for 5 minutes.  This was the result and it was SOOOO GOOD!

panko chicken 2

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I can honestly say that the Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs make all the difference in the world with this recipe.  Nothing else compares.  I do a similar recipe without the parmesan using the Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs and it is always a huge hit too.  I personally love the light crunchy breading of Panko though, if you haven’t ever tried it you are really missing out!

Make sure you CLICK HERE TO PRINT a $1.00/2 Progresso Bread Crumbs coupon before you head out to Publix to pick up your supplies to make this dish.  The small containers of bread crumbs are priced under $2 at Publix so this is a nice inexpensive but super flavorful way to cook chicken that you are going to LOVE!

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Who wants to win a $15 Paypal Cash Giveaway??

FIRST, grab your coupon now to save on Progresso Bread Crumbs.
You can Save $1.00 off any two Progresso Bread Crumb varieties.

Make sure you print your coupon above to save for the recipe then follow the instructions below:

Open to US residents only, 18 years or older, ends 5/31/15

Good Luck!!

Note: will notify randomly selected winner by email.  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and other social media is not associated with this giveaway.  If you have any questions, please contact the host of this giveaway
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Spring Reading Giveaway: Peacock Swamp: The Nine Book Contest

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Are you ready to get started on some spring reading? Take a peek at a new Young Adult novel released this week by debut author (and my dear friend!) Katie Femia!   Peacock Swamp: The Nine is now available in paperback and eBook, and is a spooky spring read that is full of twists and turns that are certain to keep you flipping the pages!


Even more exciting, My Coupon Expert readers will have a chance to share what their favorite book is and win a prize package that includes this themed bracelet, specially curated to celebrate the release of the book. How fun is that?


Want to know more about this young adult book? Here is a brief synopsis:

In 2064, The Nine are preparing to assemble. This board of individuals is President Madame LaFonte’s solution to an ailing nation in search of medical care. While it seemed ideal at first, the folks of the borough are quickly discovering it isn’t quite what it seems. The lucky ones are issued a red gown and another chance at life. That’s the happy ending. However, not everyone gets a red gown. The others have to make their own second chance at life–if they’ve got the heart to do what it takes. When the superstitions of the swamplands run just as deep as the mud, every little bit of luck helps. They named her Vitalia, a name that means life. But her name was the only advantage that she had. In need of a heart transplant, Vita leaves Peacock Swamp behind to stand before The Nine. With her family by her side, they run into the dangers that government healthcare has created: an underground medical clinic that services the rejected citizens…for a price. Her whole life has been a struggle. Why should her death be any different?

So who is the chick who wrote this book?
Katie Femia is a freelance writer and coupon freak herself. She began writing children’s books and young adult novels several years ago after leaving her job as an elementary school teacher. She loves being a Hoosier, her family, sushi, and chasing her dreams no matter how wild and wacky they get. You can find out more about her via her website or super fun and interactive Facebook page.


So do you want to win this peacock bracelet for yourself? All you need to do is give Katie’s author page a “like” and then comment below letting us know what your favorite book of all time is. It can be a children’s book, novel, or even book of poetry. We will pick a winner tomorrow evening ( 3/15/14) at 8 p.m. who will be awarded a fun prize package that includes the bracelet plus some other fun goodies from the author herself. We will choose a winner randomly via

Once you get entered, head over to Amazon where you can snag a copy of Peacock Swamp|The Nine for yourself. Available in both paperback and Kindle eBook, it is a fast and fascinating read that will have you asking the question, “what if?”

So think about your favorite book of all time and tell us about it. You could win this peacock bracelet just in time for the release of Peacock Swamp|The Nine!

Happy reading, friends!


Coupon Organization System Review and BIG GIVEAWAY!! You will LOVE this!!!

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OH EM GEEEEE!!! I have been BURSTING AT THE SEAMS wanting to tell you about the new coupon organization system that I have been using, but we were waiting for their new shipment to arrive before I could tell you about it since they were completely sold out!

I LOVE My Coupon Keeper box!  So far, it has been the easiest system that I have used!!

As many of you know, I have used the binder system and the filing system (you can read about those methods here) and I am constantly looking for ways to make things easier and keep my coupons tidy around the house.  The newest trend is the coupon box method and honestly, I can see how this really does make a difference!  I was looking for the most convenient and ready to go system on the market and I found this with the My Coupon Keeper System!   The last time that I mentioned this system was when I was thinking about trying it out myself.  We were discussing it on our coupon chat page  and within an hour or so they sold COMPLETELY out!  If you are thinking about switching to the box method for organizing your coupons, this is the one that I personally recommend.

You can also get 10% off your order by using the coupon code MyCouponExpert (all one word) at check out here.

NOTE:  After inquiring about their product, the awesome people over at My Coupon Keeper sent me one of their Deluxe Systems to try free of charge to allow me to properly review the product and let you all know what I thought about their product.   I did not receive any other compensation for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own (Melissa & Ellie’s thoughts are below as well). 

Let me show you what the My Coupon Keeper system looks like and how it works:

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My Coupon Keeper  is basically a box that holds all of your coupons.

Before you let your mind go nuts about how you can make your own and the ins and outs of switching to the box method, let me tell you what it comes with and how to use it.   To me, this system has been carefully thought out and the designer took into consideration pretty much every detail that we as couponers would be looking for.

The box holds up to 1800 coupons, so there is plenty of room to store all of your coupons.  I personally get SIX sets of coupon inserts per week so I needed something big enough to hold all of my coupons.  I like to keep my stuff as organized as possible because it will drive me NUTS if I have coupons everywhere.   This system helps me do that and has cleaned up a LOT of space in my house where coupon inserts used to be.

Here is how it works:

Each week, I gather my inserts and lay each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets), I have stapled the in the middle of each coupon but find it easier to staple closer to the top of each coupon.  Then I simply CLIP each set out while they are all stapled together.

What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.

Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently.  Here is a photo of what it looks like set up as I am putting a batch of coupons in their place.

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The system comes with a shopping folder for organization too!

When I am making my shopping list, I will simply go to that category and pull out an already stapled stack of the coupons that I plan to use.  I then take those coupons and put them with my list on the LEFT SIDE of the purse size folder that is included with the Deluxe System.  Once I locate the item in the store, I pull off however many coupons I will be using and move the coupons over to the RIGHT SIDE of the folder and put the rest of them (still stapled) back into my box!  This is so simple and clean!  In the past I had issues with pulling coupons that I planned on using, not finding the item in the store and ended up not putting my coupons back into my binder and having a  big mess.  This completely eliminates that problem.

This is a visual of how you would use the system:

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What the My Coupon Keeper Deluxe system comes with:

The deluxe box is super durable and is divided into two parts, it comes with 48 PVC grade dividers / coupon guides and 55 pre-printed category labels.  It also comes with THREE purse folders that you will move your coupons to when you are shopping before checking out (see photo below).  The deluxe system also comes with reuseable grocery bag so you could carry your system in if you choose (more about that later).    I like how it comes completely ready to go with a full system idea so we don’t have to even think about it.  You get the box, put your labels that they give you on the cards, clip your coupons, put them in the box and go shopping!  That is my kind of system!  It is HANDS DOWN the easiest system to transition into if you are currently doing the binder or file method of coupon organization.  I LOVE IT!

How to carry your coupon box around:

The entire system is really designed to have everything set up where you make your list, pull your coupons, put them in the folder and go shopping.  However, I personally like to take ALL of my coupons with me when I shop just in case an unexpected deal pops up.  I know that most of you do too, so I want to talk about some options.  The box is very transportable as it comes since it has a lock down top and is easy to manage.   The Deluxe System comes with a reuseable grocery bag which you could also use to carry your box around, however, I found the grocery bag to be a little too tall and not quite as manageable as I would like.  I had a tote at my house that my box fit into perfectly that I have been using since I got my box.  I have been looking around for something really special since my coupon binder was like my baby and my coupon keeper has turned out to be my new and improved baby.  After looking around, I have decided that I am ordering a sweet 31 utility tote from a friend of mine who is a 31 consultant.  I think that it will work perfect with the huge pockets on the sides.  This is the bag that I will be ordering and of course I will put “Ima Coupon Freak” on the outside as my embroidery choice 🙂

organizer tote


If you are interested in purchasing a My Coupon Keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.  Remember, they sold out SUPER FAST the last time we were talking about this, so if you want to grab one now is the time.   If you decide to buy now you can use the coupon code MyCouponExpert (all one word) to get 10% off your order!!




snap its giveaway time

I was SUPER STOKED when the girls over at My Coupon Keeper told me that they were allowing me to do a GIVEAWAY of ONE MyCouponKeeper Deluxe System!  You will definitely want to enter this contest for SURE!!!


My Coupon Keeper is giving away (1) MyCouponKeeper Deluxe System to (1) Lucky Reader! The giveaway ends on 8/11/13 at midnight EST and is open to US residents ages 18+.

To enter this giveaway:

Visit My Coupon Keeper and come back here to comment and tell us your favorite feature.

For bonus methods of entry:

Like My Coupon Keeper and MyCouponExpert on facebook.  Make a comment that you did.

Follow My Coupon Keeper and MyCouponExpert on twitter.  Make a comment that you did.

Like” this post! Make a comment that you did.

Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook (CLICK SHARE under the post on our facebook page) and then come back and let us know that you did.

Come Back Daily and say “I want to organize my coupons” in the COMMENT SECTION of this post on our website for a Daily Method of Entry!

You do not have to be a fan of MyCouponExpert on Facebook to enter this giveaway. This promotion is in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The information is being collected by MyCouponExpert (for giveaway only) and not by Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by MyCouponExpert and MyCouponKeeper and no comments on Facebook will count as method of entry.


I can’t wait to hear how much you LOVE your MyCouponKeeper if you decide to order too!!  Remember that you can get 10% off your order by using the discount code MyCouponExpert at checkout when you order from here.





CLICK READ MORE (below) to check out Melissa and Ellie’s reviews also!!!

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**CLOSED FOR ENTRIES** Oh my gosh!! Look what I got!!! You can WIN ONE too!

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Look what I got, TWO COLOR BURST BOUQUETS from Riverdale Farms!!

Don’t be jealous, you might WIN ONE too!!!


I must say, there is nothing that perks up my mood when I walk in the door more than seeing a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of fresh flowers.  I just love it!  I was so excited when I came home last night to find that Riverdale Farms delivered TWO gorgeous bouquets for me to check out.  My house smells AMAZING!

PUBLIX will be selling these EXACT bouquets starting today and I can tell you, if someone brought me one of these during the holidays or anytime during the year, they would be #1 on my family / friends list for the next year!  If you want to impress the wifey or mother in law, this is the bouquet to get her! 

The bouquet is called Color Burst for obvious reasons, the assortment of different colored flowers is fantastic! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

It has long lasting Carnations and Alstroemeria Blooms that continue to grow as they hydrate.   When it first arrived I thought it was gorgeous, but as the hours passed it just got prettier and prettier!

This is pretty cool too, Riverdale Farms is “Rainforest Certified” which means that they follow earth friendly farming techniques and treat their farm workers well.  As a matter of fact, my bouquet arrived in a shipping box that was made out of the pulp from carnation clippings!  WHAT?!  That is awesome!


So here is the deal, Riverdale Farms would like to give FOUR LUCKY WINNERS a FREE Color Burst Bouquet!  The bouquet will be delivered right to your door so you will have to live in the contiguous United States and follow the below steps to enter. 

You will have the opportunity to have FOUR entries (maximum) into this giveaway:

Here’s how you can enter to win a Color Burst Bouquet:


1 – ”Like” Riverdale Farms on Facebook here*Come back and leave a comment after doing this*

2 – Leave a comment on the Riverdale Farms Facebook Page mentioning MyCouponExpert and telling them what you like about this bouquet or any of their other products on their facebook page.  *Come back and leave another comment after doing this*

3 – Sign up for the MyCouponExpert daily email. *You will be immediately sent a confirmation email to confirm you wish to receive our newsletter, go right to it and accept. You must confirm this to have your entry count*Come back and leave another comment after doing this*

4 – ”Share” this post on facebook with your friends by clicking on “Share” in the bottom right corner of this post on our facebook page here. (Optional) *Come back and leave another comment after doing this*


Every time you leave a comment for the tasks above, that will act as 1 entry so you can get up to 4 entries!!  You have until Monday, December 10th to enter this giveaway. 

Entries will be accepted until 10:00pm EST and the winners will be selected by sometime on 12/11 and announced on our website.  

Make sure you stop it at your local PUBLIX Floral Department and check out these beautiful bouquets while you are shopping.  You might want to go ahead and pick one up for that special someone while you are there!  Warning though, it will make you want to WIN ONE even more!!    Good luck!!


*This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.  A maximum of FOUR entries per person, commenting more than four times will disqualify all of your entries.  Winners will have 24 hours to respond to winning email notification, if no response within 24 hours a new winner will be selected.  Entry into this giveaway acknowledges acceptance of these conditions.


I can’t wait to see who wins!  Remember to get your entries in before the deadline, you will LOVE these flowers!