Monday, October 3, 2011

Skinny Chicken Parmesan {recipe}









Let's face it, we all love Italian food. But we all know it can sometimes be very high in calories, fat, and carbs. I have a great go to recipe for Parmesan Chicken that is a regular in our dinner rotation. I promise the small amount of prep work is worth it! 


Skinny Chicken Parmesan
adapted from both Skinny Taste and The Girl Who Ate Everything


serves 4 (one chicken breast each, 225 calories) 


2 (8 oz) chicken breasts, sliced in half (horizontally, or butterflied but cut all the way through. You will end up with 4 pieces of chicken)
3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings (I don't necessarily like a lot of Italian seasoning, so add more if you like it!)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (This does not have to be fresh. In fact a use the stuff in the green bottle more times than not)
1 1/2-2 tbsp butter, melted 
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup marinara or your favorite spaghetti sauce
cooking spray




Preheat oven to 450°. Line large baking sheet with foil (easy clean up) and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings in a bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave in another bowl (this is usually melted after about 20 seconds, so watch it closely.) Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb/cheese mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of chicken.

Lightly spray a little more cooking spray on top (this makes it nice and crispy) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Spoon sauce over each piece and top with mozzarella cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. 





I like to serve this on a bed of whole grain spaghetti tossed in additional spaghetti sauce. You can also enjoy it with a side salad or veggies. 




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65 comments:

Jenna said...

sounds yummy! might have to try this! thanks for sharing!

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Allison said...

Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by! Let me know how it is if you make it. :)

SnoWhite said...

That looks delicious! We typically make our chicken parm in the crockpot... but this looks like a great alternative.

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

YUM!! Can't wait to try this one... hard to believe it's "skinny"! I'm visiting from the NJAH linky party, I hope you'll pop by and say hello!

http://littlebirdiebaby.blogspot.com/2011/10/tutorial-tuesday-linky-party-trio-of.html

I also have a linky party every Tuesday and would love it if you'd link up your tutorial, I'm featuring recipes this week! :) xoxo

michele said...

omg love it! found you via craftomaniac! and needed the recipe!

hope you'll enter my giveaway:

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Vicky said...

I just made something like this tonight only it looked nowhere as good as this. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it! I am a new follower from Handmade Tuesdays. Vicky from www.messforless.net

Allison said...

Thanks ladies!

Chicken Parm in a crockpot? I'm in!

Rachel, I just linked up with you!

Michele, thanks for the opportunity! Going to enter RIGHT NOW!

Vicky, I am so excited to have you as my newest follower! I just entered your giveaway too!

Deborah March said...

Mmmmm...saving this one...I'm a HUGE fan of chicken parmesan, but have been very careful how often I make it because of the fat...THANKS for this!!

Deborah ♥♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/... hope you can drop by too...)

Allison said...

Thanks for stopping by Deborah! I love your blog!

Shiloh said...

Ooh, I fry mine.:( I don't bake it. But! I do cut the chicken breast in half!:) I'm a new follower from Gluesticks.:)

Allison said...

Thank you so much for visiting! And thank you for following. I hope to get to know all of you more!

Mindie Hilton said...

Looks yummy. Following you on Pinterest now. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

That sounds delicious! And skinny anything makes it sound even better!!! :) Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

Hey Allison! Thanks again for linking up at The Little Birdie last week. :) I just wanted to pop by and let you know that you're being featured on the Friday Favorites tomorrow because you were the 2nd most viewed link last week!! Yay!! :)

xoxo

Allison said...

No way!!! You must be kidding! That just blessed my heart. :)

ShelbStar said...

Omg! This is THE best chicken parm I've ever had!! I just finished eating it! You would never know it's skinny, and it's not 'heavy' at all. My husband thinks I'm the most amazing chef because of this recipe, and it's such a great low stress meal that is a cinch to make. Its definatley getting made a lot more often!! I also made homemade garlic parm bread to go with it. It's truly my favorite meal from now on! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love if you could whip up a 'skinny' manicotti!

Allison said...

Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Your comments really blessed my heart. I will definitely work on a skinny manicotti! I hope to see you back here. :)

Anonymous said...

bout to go make right now i forgot teh moz cheese but hubby dont really care for it anyway so i think it will be perfect

AJ, Amy, and Rylee Gale said...

Sounds good!! I think I might make this for dinner tonight. I was not sure what I wanted to do....so thanks!!

Sherri said...

Does the breading stay on pretty well? I usually make the version that's dipped in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, and I fry it in a bit of olive oil before baking.

Mills' Menus said...

This looks yummy, going to add it to my menu planning blog!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!! Followed your recipe and served over whole wheat pasta and a big salad!
Thanks:)

Allison said...

That is amazing! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!!

boundforadventure said...

I made this and it was delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!

Britt said...

Trying this tonight - by request of my HUSBAND! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

DON'T FORGET THE FRESH PARSLEY! Just chop it and mix it in with the breadcrumbs. It will add color and more importantly, flavor, to the chicken. Good idea though, I never thought to cut the breasts horizontally. Good portion control!

Vicki said...

I found this recipe via Pinterest! I am a new follower now & plan on making this tonight!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Found you on pinterest. I made this tonight at my daughters request! She thought it was delish! thanks!

Nancy Hollinshead said...

I think I'll give this a try. Sounds really good. I'm on a quest to change my eating habits but don't want to give up taste.

i will post my comments on this.

Laurie said...

I made this for dinner and it was delicious. Very filling and tasty. I used marinated basil and tomato chicken breast from the store and then followed the recipe. Put the chicken breast over spaghetti. The family loved it.

Justawallflower said...

I followed your recipe tonight and it was a hit at my house! My super picky 8 year old loved it (minus the cheese on hers)! Thanks for sharing such great recipes!

jlp said...

This was so so good! Chicken parm does NOT need to be fried! Thanks for posting this recipe!

Allison said...

I am SO happy to hear that you liked it!!

Allison said...

YAY!! We can call it a success when our kids eat it! HA!

Allison said...

Marinated basil and tomato chicken breast SOUNDS fabulous!!

Allison said...

YAY!! Thank you for letting me know! When kids approve, I feel great!

Allison said...

Try it, Nancy! Please let me know how you like it!

Allison said...

That sounds great!

Allison said...

Did you both like it??

Allison said...

Thank you for letting me know! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Amber said...

Amazing!! I hardly ever cook but this looked so good and my fiance and I are watching what we eat before the wedding, and I saw this delicious looking, low calorie meal so I had to try it!! The hardest part for me was finding the ingredients at the store! It was so easy to make and even easier to devour! Soooo good! Loved it! Thanks for sharing and ive already shared the recipe with a bunch of my friends!!

Allison said...

Thank you so much for the feedback, Amber! I am so happy you both loved it. Your words are such a blessing to my heart!

Anonymous said...

Tonight is the second time I am making it for my family. I love this recipe! My husband keeps on asking for it. My daughter loves anything chicken. It's perfect for our family. Thanks for sharing!

Allison said...

Gosh! Thank you so much! What kind words! I'm so glad you enjoy it!

Amity said...

Oh yum! I just made this for dinner and it was so yummy! From one Oklahoma girl to the other: Thank you! :)

Allison said...

Thank you!! I'm so glad you liked it!!!

Lauren said...

So so good! Thank you!!! Dinner was wonderful thanks to you! I'm normally a horrid cook...but I succeed because of you...woohoo!! A cooking success!!

Allison said...

YAY! I'm so happy to hear that!!!

Recipe Chicken said...

Wow It's really good ,i Had tried it.

Krista said...

made this multiple times now! but tonight i cut my chicken in to 1in nuggets and breaded them up, baked them for 10-15 mins and put the sauce on the side for dipping! it was DELISH!!!!!!!

Angie said...

This is awesome! Made it today and hubby and I loved it! Could even imagine havin this at an italian restaurant - yummy!

Anonymous said...

I just tried this for my fiance and I, it's sooo yummy! :) I'm definitely keeping this recipe forever. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I just want to clarify, When you dip the chicken in the bread crumbs to bake, you use raw chicken? Or do you precook the chicken first.

Allison said...

Sarah,

It is RAW chicken! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just made this for dinner, and it was the best chicken parm my boyfriend and I have ever had! Adding this to my favorites recipe box. Thanks for the recipe!

Kayla Preston said...

I have made this recipe soo many times! It is by far my favorite chicken parm recipe EVER! And I don't feel [as] guilty for eating it. Thanks!

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This looks really yummy. I have made something similar to this in the past by dipping chicken fillet pieces into egg white and then grated parmesan cheese,breadcrumbs and herbs. I have never thought about topping it with spaghetti sauce and more cheese thought! I will definitely add extra sauce and cheese next time. Thanks for the great recipe!

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