Skinny Saucy Chicken Parmesan



Look at the menu in any Italian restaurant and you’ll see 
Chicken Parmesan, usually fried like Mom used to do and served with a ton of good cheese. 





This recipe is a delicious lightened up version of that classic sinful dish.

The lightly breaded chicken is baked juicy and tender, surrounded with marinara sauce in the skillet and topped with mozzarella cheese. 




Served over a little pasta, it’s perfect Italian comfort food, that you can eat without feeling guilty.





It’s truly delicious and I will definitely be making it again for our dinner, or maybe for company.

It’s that good!


Skinny Saucy Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

Cooking spray
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
2½ cups Marinara sauce (recipe below) or store-bought marinara sauce
¾ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
Your favorite cooked pasta, optional

Method:

Preheat oven to 450°.
Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Slice the chicken breasts horizontally to make 6 cutlets, season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a shallow bowl, combine grated Parmesan and bread crumbs.
In a small bowl, combine oil and butter, brush on both sides of chicken.
Dredge the chicken in bread crumb mixture, place on baking sheet.
Lightly spray oil on top of the chicken.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until bottom is golden.
Turn over and bake until middle is cooked through and bottom is golden, about 7-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, cook marinara sauce over medium heat until heated through.
Place baked chicken in the skillet and top each piece with 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. 
Cover pan and cook until cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.
Place chicken on cooked pasta, if desired.
Serve

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

1 small onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper

Method:

In a large saucepan, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until onion is tender.
Stir all remaining ingredients in with onion mixture, heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Carefully puree hot sauce in a food processor or blender, serve over cooked pasta with Chicken Parmesan.
Makes 2½ cups
Printable recipe


Enjoy!



Comments

  1. Pam, Your skinny saucy chicken parmesan looks great...but I never feel guilty when I chow down on the more 'expansive' version! Love Italian food and it's hard to come by in our neck of the woods. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! I agree, Italian food is awesome! Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Interesting thing that you mention 'kosher' salt among the ingredients whereas the dish is not a kosher one as it mixes chicken and cheese.Although I usually don't mix the two, I must confess I've 'sinned' a few times in my life, and the mixture is delicious. Yor italian chicken parmesan version indicates your high skill in cooking.

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    1. Duta, you're right! I should've noticed that! It was very delicious anyway! Take care

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    2. Lots of recipes call for kosher salt that in fact have no connection with making recipes actually kosher. This is because kosher salt has a particular configuration of crystals that make it appealing to some cooks (and that also make it appropriate for the process of "koshering" meat for use in actual kosher recipes).

      The blog Kichen Riffs (kitchenriffs.com) calls for kosher salt in many savory dishes -- for example the current one that includes ham and so is totally not compliant with kosher laws. The blog states: "We use kosher salt for cooking. This is coarser than regular table salt, so it doesn’t seem as “salty” by volume. If you’re using regular table salt, start with about half as much as we suggest."

      Best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    3. Hi, Mae! I'm happy to learn more about it! I agree with using kosher salt because of the coarse consistency. Thank you for your input on the subject, sometimes it's a confusing thing!

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  3. Looks delicious to me! You didn't say how much garlic but trust me, you need more than you used! ...and maybe there'd be leftovers for your eldest child since it would be too garlicky for someone :)

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    1. Hi son! It was delicious! Forgot about the garlic and will add it next time. You kind of surprised me, It must be the sauce and all the cheese that sold you on this! I'll let you know the next time I make it! Love ☺

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  4. Pam look absolutely delicious , love this recipe!! xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! It was delicious for sure! Hugs to you

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  5. Skinny, healthy and delicious ... this is something I would totally love.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Glad you like it!

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  6. Even lightened up this dish screams comfort. Yum!!!

    Velva

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    1. Thanks, Velva! Comfort is the word! ☺

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  7. Hi Pam, delicious looking chicken Parmesan, always a favorite at our house, love how you spiced it up.

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    1. Hi Cheri! Glad your family likes it too! Spicy works for me! Take care

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  8. It looks delicious Pam and I like the way you finish cooked it atop the sauce and topped with the cheese.

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    1. Thanks, Larry! I love easy meals like this! Have a good day!

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  9. Love Chicken Parm! And this is a neat way to prepare it. All the flavor, fewer calories. Winner!

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    1. Thanks, John! Anything to save a few calories! ☺

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  10. Wonderful recipe Pam - thank you! I just hate to fry anything - even bacon. Just can't stand the mess I guess. So thanks again for this lighter version - love it!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Glad you like it. I agree totally with the frying, just because of the mess. Thank goodness for recipes like this! ☺

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  11. Pam, this looks killer good. All the foods you make look great.

    PS: I love your air fryer too. Just a matter of cost and where I would put it. But .. oh my gosh, unfried fried chicken, that to me sounds heavenly.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! I agree with all the gadget issues!

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  12. Always a hit with my family. I do appreciate your lightened up recipe!!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Glad you like it!

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  13. Looks super delicious! Eat without all the guilt! I like that!

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  14. Dear Pam, That does sound good!! I love chicken parm. and so do my kids. xo Catherine

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