Tuesday, August 19, 2014


A lot of chicken Parmesan recipes require you to either sauté or fry the chicken prior to baking, but those steps only complicate the process. Instead this chicken Parmesan recipe is only lightly breaded and baked. As a result, you achieve the same taste in less time and with fewer calories.

Additionally, cleanup is very easy for this dish. Since you’re placing the chicken breasts on a baking sheet with aluminum foil before sticking it in the oven, all you have to do afterwards is throw the aluminum foil away.

Yield: 4 chicken breasts
Calories: 179 calories for one 4 ounce chicken breast

·         4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
·         2 tablespoons butter, melted
·         1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
·         1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
·         1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1.       Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
2.       Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray
3.       Set up an “assembly line” with your chicken breasts, bowl of melted butter, bowl of bread crumbs, and prepared baking sheet
4.       Lightly brush the butter onto a chicken breast with a pastry or basting brush
5.       Dip the chicken  into the bread crumbs and coat on both sides
6.       Place chicken on baking sheet
7.       Repeat with remaining chicken breasts
8.       Bake chicken in the oven for 20 minutes
9.       Remove baking sheet from the oven, and turn chicken over
10.   Spoon marinara sauce over chicken so that it’s fully covered
11.   Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of marinara sauce
12.   Stick chicken back in oven and bake for 5 minutes

Recipe adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes

Set up your chicken, baking sheet, butter, and bread crumbs in an assembly line.

Use a pastry brush or basting brush and brush the butter onto the chicken.

Dip the buttered chicken into the bread crumbs and coat completely.

Make sure you line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and non-stick spray for easy cleanup.

Flip chickens over and spoon on marinara sauce and top with parmesan.

You can eat chicken parmesan plain or place on top of spaghetti with marinara sauce.

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