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The Only Chicken Parmesan Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

I know I sure did!

Friday and Saturday were spent relaxing then on Sunday my family and I went to the Del Mar races and Ballast Point 20th Anniversary beer festival to celebrate my dad’s birthday.

There were over 80 different beers at the festival…most of which have never left the tasting room. Some of my favorites were the Cucumber Longfin, Mango Dorado and the best Peach Sour mmmm!

Now I’m currently enjoying every second of this Monday off by writing this post poolside relaxing and recovering.

Life is gooood!

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Before a long weekend comes to an end it’s so important to take a few minutes and regroup.

As I write this post I’m scribbling down dinner ideas for the week and making a grocery list. For me getting my food planned and prepped for the week is my #1 priority…yes even over an ice cold beer.

A recipe that’s almost always in my dinner rotation is this Chicken Parmesan. It has truly become my go-to meal before a race, to impress friends and family, for date night in or really just for a delicious dinner any day of the week.

I made it for lunch Saturday, for my parents Sunday night and you bet it’s in the dinner rotation for this coming week!

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Not only is this Chicken Parmesan one of the easiest recipes EVER it’s also absolutely delicious and surprisingly healthy.

Typically Chicken Parmesan is prepared by frying the chicken in butter or oil then serving it over pasta. But in this recipe you actually bake the chicken saving yourself tons of calories!

Baking your food instead of frying it allows you to use significantly less oil/other fats without sacrificing any flavor–yes please!

And to take the healthy-ness to the next level serve your Chicken Parmesan over some zoodles instead of pasta!

This recipe truly is comfort food made healthy!

Recipe:

The Only Chicken Parmesan Recipe You'll Ever Need
Yields 8
The easiest, most delicious, healthy chicken parmesan recipe.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts* (or 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half to make 8)
  2. 1 cup bread crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  4. 1/4 cup butter (melted) or olive oil
  5. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  8. cooking spray (I use olive oil)
  9. 1 package of your favorite pasta or zoodles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Melt the butter in a shallow microwave safe dish. Combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese in a large shallow bowl or in a gallon sized plastic bag (I hate touching chicken so I use the bag)
  4. Dip chicken breasts one by one into the butter then place into the bag and shake it around until the chicken is fully coated in bread crumbs/ parmesan then place chicken onto the baking sheet
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken then give each chicken breast a light spray with your cooking spray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. While the chicken is cooking prepare your pasta or zoodles.
  8. After 20 mins take the chicken out and flip it over. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until chicken is golden.
  9. Take the chicken out again and spread about 2 Tbsp of marinara onto each chicken breast then top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Place chicken back into the oven for about 5 mins or until cheese is melted.
  10. Top pasta or zoodles with the remaining marinara sauce, add the chicken and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Trader Joe's sells the best thin slice chicken breasts for this recipe
Adapted from Skinnytaste
Adapted from Skinnytaste
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Your Turn,

What’s your go-to meal?

How do you modify meals to make them healthier?

Did you do anything fun over Labor Day Weekend?

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet September 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    OK I’m finding this recipe just in the nick of time. My aunt brought in chicken parmesan to work the other day and I couldn’t have any because it wasn’t GF but I’m totally planning to test this out with some GF breadcrumbs. I’ve been craving chicken parm all week!
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    • Reply Diana Becker September 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

      You’re going to LOVE how easy this recipe is–let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • Reply Mattie | Comfy Confident September 6, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I love that you wrote this post while sitting outside by the pool! That sounds perfect. I love chicken parm. I have to admit I am still craving summer salads but this chicken parm will be delicious when I finally admit fall is coming.

    • Reply Diana Becker September 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Oh I’m soaking in every last second of summer I can! Oh it’s the perfect fall/ winter comfort meal. I’m crazy and am that person eating Chili mid August haha!

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy September 7, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I loveee chicken parm but you’re right – it’s usually fried in lots of oil and butter. I need to try it over zoodles!
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    • Reply Diana Becker September 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Baking it instead of frying it in this recipe seriously saves SO MANY calories making it actually pretty darn healthy–especially with the zoodles! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Susie @ SuzLyfe September 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I’ll have to try your version! I have a gluten free version that I make, and I’ll put anything over zoodles!

    • Reply Diana Becker September 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Is your gluten free version on your blog? I’d love it try it 🙂

  • Reply Kaitlynn September 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This looks amazing! Where can you get zoodles?

    • Reply Diana Becker September 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thank you! I’ve seen zoodles premade at Whole Foods but they cost a fortune. I highly recommend buying a Spiralizer on Amazon. This is the one I use and I’m obsessed: http://amzn.to/2cFqiU8

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