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baked chicken parmesan is healthier than regular chicken parmesan and tastes great! Made with tomato sauce, panko bread crumbs, egg, parmesan cheese, italian seasonings, garlic powder, and pasta

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan consists of the same yummy taste of a traditional chicken parmesan, however, with this recipe, the chicken is not deep fried. As expected, eliminating the frying process eliminates the added fat, grease, and calories! Therefore, this is a healthier version of the Italian classic dinner with the same amazing taste. Yes, it’s true. This tastes so delicious that your taste buds won’t know the difference, but your hips will!

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is an Italian dish that consists of breaded, boneless chicken breast that is covered in tomato sauce and cheese. Typically, the chicken is flattened so that it is a thin piece of meat which is breaded and then deep fried for a moist center with a crispy outside, which is then considered to be a chicken cutlet. Next, the chicken cutlet is topped with tomato sauce and cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, or provolone cheese) and then baked in the oven to melt the cheese directly on the chicken.

If you haven’t had it before, you really haven’t lived. It is, by far, one of the best Italian dishes you can eat. Chicken parmesan can be served as alone cutlet, over pasta, or in a fresh roll for a delicious sub. Mmm, mmm!

Parmesan

A parmesan dish is considered to be a flattened piece of meat that can consist of chicken, veal, eggplant (although not a meat, it is typical for this veggie to be served in parmesan form), or beef which is then breaded by first dipping the meat in egg (both sides) and then coating it with a breadcrumb mixture and then deep fried so that the meat cooks quickly leaving it moist, but has a crispy coating on the outside that is flavorful. It is then baked with tomato sauce and cheese, often parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

Parmesan cheese is hard cheese that derives from Italy that is now produced all over the world. Parmesan has a salty flavor that is a very pungent tasting cheese. This is not a cheese that most people would eat by itself, rather, it is best used as a topping for pastas or pizzas or as an ingredient in recipes.

Chicken Parmesan Ingredients

You won’t need anything out of the ordinary to make this yummy baked chicken parmesan. In fact, most of the ingredients are probably stocked in your pantry and refrigerator right now. If you don’t make your own tomato sauce, don’t worry, you can use jarred tomato sauce for this recipe. Of course, it won’t be an authentic chicken parm dinner, however, it will still taste great. You might want to try Barilla Tomato & Basil.

Here is the list of ingredients that stand between you and making this baked chicken parmesan:

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts butterflied
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1.5 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1.5 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Baking The Chicken Parm

Making this Italian delicacy consists of a 2-step process; breading the cutlets and then baking them. This doesn’t take long from start to finish so don’t worry. Clean everything up and get that table set while the cutlets are baking. Oh, and don’t forget to make that yummy side of pasta while the baked chicken parm is in the oven!

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and brush foil with olive oil.
  • Cut the chicken breasts in half (butterfly the chicken) and slice into 2 pieces.
  • After cutting all chicken, place chicken in ziplock bag and pound the chicken breasts (with a meat pounder) to an even thickness.
  • Pat the chicken breasts with a dry paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
  • In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs.
  • Dip one chicken breast into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. Make sure chicken breast is fully coated in the crumb mixture and gently press your hand to help the crumbs stick to the chicken.
  • Place chicken breast on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
  • Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes (or until cooked through).
  • Flip the chicken and pour an even amount of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken.
  • Top each chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place back in the oven and turn on broiler on high for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and edges of chicken are get browned.
  • Serve Immediately.

Other Italian Dishes To Try

I’m a huge fan of Italian food, it is one of my favorite types of food. If you enjoy a yummy bowl of pasta and can’t get enough of different sauces, you might like the following recipes, they consist of a scampi sauce, lemon butter sauce, and marsala sauce. The only thing missing is an alfredo sauce, which will be coming soon!

Shrimp & Asparagus Scampi
Lemon Butter Chicken Pasta
Marsala Pork Chops

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan has the same great taste of chicken parm, but without all the fat from the grease! Easy to make and tastes delicious!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword casserole, chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author jenahoward

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts butterflied
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1.5 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1.5 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and brush foil with olive oil.
  • Cut the chicken breasts in half (butterfly the chicken) and slice into 2 pieces.
  • After cutting all chicken, place chicken in ziplock bag and pound the chicken breasts (with a meat pounder) to an even thickness.
  • Pat the chicken breasts with a dry paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
  • In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs.
  • Dip one chicken breast into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. Make sure chicken breast is fully coated in the crumb mixture and gently press your hand to help the crumbs stick to the chicken.
  • Place chicken breast on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
  • Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes (or until cooked through).
  • Flip the chicken and pour an even amount of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken.
  • Top each chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place back in the oven and turn on broiler on high for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and edges of chicken are browning.
  • Serve with pasta.
  • ENJOY!

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