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Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

I don’t remember the last time I made dinner and both of my kids asked for second helpings…  Well, actually yes I do, it was my Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan.  They can’t get enough of it, and Michael and I love it too, so it’s a no-brainer dinner in our house.

We all love chicken parm, but we don’t all love how heavy it is, and how time consuming, and how messy it is to make.

That sounded like a challenge to me, so here’s my take on the classic: no splattering oil, no heavy batter and greasy plates…. Just all the taste you love from a classic chicken parm. I even use Rao’s marinara sauce if I don’t have any of my homemade sauce on hand, so trust me when I say that this is a quick and easy, satisfying dish that you won’t hate making. And if your family are anything like mine, you’ll be making it a lot.

Just a quick note: prepare to give the chicken an hour at room temperature before cooking (you’ll see this in the instructions too). This allows the chicken to cook evenly, and also helps achieve a crisp coating in the oven.  Cold food + Heat = Steam.  We want crispy, not steamed!

Watch Me Make My Healthy Chicken Parmesan

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How To Make My Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan 

Step 1. Remove the chicken breasts from the refrigerator an hour before you plan to start cooking. 

Step 2. Immediately slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise so it opens like a book, and slice into two pieces.  You will have 8 pieces of chicken.

Step 3. Pat the chicken breasts dry and add to a large bowl.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat and leave them to sit at room temperature for one hour.

Step 4. When the hour is up, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. When your oven is preheated, line a baking sheet with foil then place a wire rack on top and spray with olive oil or vegetable oil cooking spray.

Step 5. In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, oregano, garlic powder, and grated parmesan cheese.

Step 6. Dredge the chicken breasts by dipping each chicken cutlet into the breadcrumb mixture and fully coating the entire cutlet.

Step 7. Place your coated chicken cutlets on the wire rack.  Spray the top of the chicken cutlets with olive oil or vegetable oil spray, whatever you have.  Place in the oven and bake for 20-24 minutes.

Step 8. Remove from the oven and spoon 1 tablespoon of marinara over the top of each cutlet. Now top with 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella per cutlet.  Bake 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Step 9. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread, or with pasta.

Step 10. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • I like panko bread crumbs as they are extra flaky and crisp.  Use whatever breadcrumbs you’d like.
  • If you’d like extra thin cutlets, pound them with a meat mallet before breading them.  
  • This amount of cheese is plenty cheesy for us without being quite as loaded as a traditional chicken parm.  Use more or less cheese as you like.
  • Some fresh parsley or basil is a nice finishing touch.

This Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan  is special because:

It’s a healthy twist on a classic dinner we all love!

No splattering oil, no greasy plates or heavy batter

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Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

This healthy twist on a classic dinner will even have your kids coming back for seconds
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied and sliced in half to make 8
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ÂĽ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought marinara sauce

Instructions
 

  • Remove the chicken breasts from the refrigerator an hour before you plan to start cooking. This allows them to release some of the chill, and will help them crisp up and cook evenly. It’s not a dealbreaker if you don’t have the time, just expect that your crust may be a bit softer.
  • Immediately slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise so it opens like a book, and slice into two pieces. You will have 8 pieces of chicken.
  • Pat the chicken breasts dry and add to a large bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. (A good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of salt per pound of meat.) Toss to coat and leave them to sit at room temperature for one hour.
  • When the hour is up, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, oregano, garlic powder, and grated parmesan cheese.
  • When your oven is preheated, line a baking sheet with foil then place a wire rack on top and spray with olive oil or vegetable oil cooking spray.
  • Dredge the chicken breasts by dipping each chicken cutlet into the breadcrumb mixture and fully coating the entire cutlet.
  • Place your coated chicken cutlets on the wire rack. Spray the top of the chicken cutlets with olive oil or vegetable oil spray, whatever you have. Place in the oven and bake for 20-24 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and spoon 1 tablespoon of marinara over the top of each cutlet. Now top with 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella per cutlet.
  • Bake 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with a green salad and crusty bread, or with pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 17gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 274IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken, dinner, easy dinner, Parmesan
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My Secret Sauce-Stuffed Meatballs

My Secret Sauce-Stuffed Meatballs

I haven’t shared this recipe with a single soul until now, but these are, without a doubt, the best meatballs ever. My family asks for these weekly, they freeze well, and are every mom’s dream – a quick and easy dinner that’s mess-free.