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Baked Chicken Parmesan takes your favorite Italian dish and lightens it up. The baked chicken is juicy, yet crispy and flavorful with the sauce and cheese. Serve over pasta with a side of vegetables and a salad.

Baked Chicken Parmesan - so good

Baked Chicken Parmesan

I have been craving Italian food a lot lately. For me it has always been one of my go-to comfort foods. Chicken Parmesan is high on my list when eating Italian style food.  When I saw a recipe for Baked Chicken Parmesan on one of my favorite food blogs Skinnytaste I knew I had to try making it.

I think I mentioned this before, but I cook meals for a group of my friends each week. It gives me the chance to try new recipes, help them out by cooking them healthy dishes and even forces me to prepare meals for my family ahead of time as well.

Baked Chicken Parmesan was one of the meals I cooked for my friends a few weeks ago.  Everyone loved it! The recipe is really simple to make and can be topped with a homemade pasta sauce or your favorite store-bought version. I like to try different cheeses but for this recipe I used parmesan and mozzarella. I think any mild, freshly shredded cheese would work great. I topped my finished dip with freshly chopped parsley and basil and put it over pasta.  For an even healthier dish use whole wheat pasta!

Baked Chicken Parmesan - Italian favorite

Italian inspired recipes hold a special place in my heart. I always loved Italian food, but after visiting Italy a few years ago, I fell even more deeply in love with their fresh ingredients, bold flavors and vibrant culture. Whenever I make Italian food at home I am reminded of my time there and how much I loved it.

One of the things on my bucket list is to one day return to Italy and attend a cooking school for a couple of weeks. I am thinking that dream will have to wait a while, but in the meantime I will work on perfecting the flavors at home in my own kitchen.

Baked Chicken Parmesan - a favorite in my house

When making this recipe you can use a variety of breadcrumbs. I used whole wheat breadcrumbs, but you could use regular or panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch. If you use seasoned breadcrumbs you can leave out the dried basil and oregano, since the seasoned breadcrumbs will already have spices in them.

Baked Chicken Parmesan - easy dinner

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

  • Author: A Cedar Spoon // Julia Jolliff
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Baked Chicken Parmesan takes your favorite Italian dish and lightens it up. The baked chicken is juicy, yet crispy and great flavor with the sauce and cheese. Serve over whole wheat pasta with a side of vegetables and a salad.


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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, sliced in half to create 2 thin chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (you can also use regular or panko}
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted {you can also use olive oil if you would like, but I liked the butter flavor}
  • 1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of pasta sauce of your choice {I used marinara}
  • Olive oil {to spray on the chicken before baking}
  • Nonstick spray

Garnish:

  • Freshly chopped parsley
  • Freshly chopped basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the breadcrumbs, oregano, basil and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl. Set aside. Melt the butter in another shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a brush lightly brush the butter onto both sides of chicken, then dip into breadcrumb and cheese mixture. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and repeat with all of the chicken. Lightly spray olive oil over the top of the chicken.
  4. Bake the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes and then turn each piece of chicken over and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and spoon a layer of sauce over each chicken breast and top with the remaining parmesan cheese and the mozzarella cheese. Return the chicken to the oven for 3-4 more minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped parsley and basil. Serve over pasta with more sauce, extra parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Notes

In place of the butter you can use olive oil or even egg whites.

You can use whatever freshly shredded cheese you like for this recipe.

The nutrition facts do not include pasta.  

Baked Chicken Parmesan - nutritional information

Adapted from Skinnytaste

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

I've been having the same craving. It's been such a long time since I've made it and I used to make it all of the time. Now that the weather is turning warmer we do more grilling but I'm definitely making Chicken Parmesan -- you've put the idea in my head and I won't be able to get rid of the notion until I make it. Great shots of the dish.

Julia

Thursday 14th of April 2016

I hadn't made it in a long time either! It is such a classic recipe that you know everyone will love. Hope you like it if you try it!

Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Yeah! Love this recipe Julia! Baked Parm is one of my favorites - definitely making this for dinner next week! Thanks for reminding me how easy it is to make!

Julia

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

This is your kind of recipe! ;) I bet Vin's Mom has a really good family recipe for Chicken Parmesan? Hope you make it and like it!