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Homemade Baked Chicken Parmigiana Recipe

Updated on January 25, 2012

Healthy, Homemade Chicken Parmigiana Dinner Recipe - Cut the Calories and Fat, not the Taste!

The problem with most homemade chicken parmigiana recipes, like most Italian food, is the high calorie and fat content. By baking, you can reduce the amount of fat drastically. This healthy, homemade baked chicken parmigiana recipe doesn't lack any of the taste, and actually can be crispier than the pan fried version. Top it with some fresh tomato sauce, serve with some pasta, and you've got an entire Italian feast on your hands!

The great thing about chicken parmigiana is that the ingredient list is very short. All you'll need is some great fresh garden salad, bread and pasta to go along with it for a full Italian feast.

Ingredients:

* 1 fresh mozzarella ball

* 1 package of lean chicken breasts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise

* 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

* 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes

* 1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes

* 2 Tablespoons of olive oil

* 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

* 2 whole eggs, beaten

* 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

You can find some of the cookware I used for this recipe that I recommend on this page.

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Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes, 28-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes, 28-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

Can't find these delicious organic tomatoes in your local grocery store? They're one of the best canned diced tomatoes in the grocery store today, with a full, fresh taste unlike most other brands. What's the difference? Other brands sometimes have a "canned last year" taste, while these ones taste firm, plump, have a lot of taste, and have a great color for recipes. They're also organic, so they're healthier for you and the environment. You can get this full case of Muir Glen diced organic tomatoes shipped to your door so you'll always have some on hand. Keep them in the cellar and they'll store just fine for quite some time, but you'll probably go through them far before the expiration date.

 

Have this simple baked chicken parmigiana dish ready and on the table in no time flat with these simple directions!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a large glass baking pan with cooking spray, or lightly rub with olive oil.

2. Prepare the beaten eggs in a separate dipping bowl, and the breadcrumbs in a separate dipping bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, then the breadcrumbs. Coat both sides. Place in the glass cooking dish.



3. After all of the pieces have been dipped and coated, place the chicken in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked and not pink. Internal temperature for chicken should be 165 degrees F when chicken is done.

4. Meanwhile, while the chicken is cooking, place minced garlic and olive oil in a large saucepan. Lightly brown the garlic and olive oil on low heat, then add the diced tomatoes. Cook the diced tomatoes until slightly softened, then add the basil and crushed tomatoes. Simmer the sauce for approximately 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Top the chicken with small pieces of fresh sliced mozzarella. Bake the chicken for an additional 5-10 minutes, until melted. Serve immediately with fresh cooked pasta and tomato sauce.

Eating Italian Food the Healthy Way: A Weight Watchers Book - Cut down on fat and calories and don't even notice it with these excellent Italian recipes

The problem with most diets is that you have such a giant sacrifice to make that you don't want to commit to it. With these recipes from Weight Watchers, they take what you already eat, as well as brand new recipes you probably haven't tried, and make them healthier through use of more vegetables and alternative ingredients. This isn't just about using lower fat cheese, it's about finding the right spices to make ingredients taste better and make them delicious without a sacrifice.

Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian: More than 250 Classic Recipes from the Kitchens of Italy
Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian: More than 250 Classic Recipes from the Kitchens of Italy

You won't even notice that these recipes are good for you. The biggest flaw with Italian American cooking is perhaps the high fat content. Cheese, carbohydrates, fats and oils make a dish loaded with calories, fat, and in Weight Watchers terms, points. Don't worry - Weight Watchers had managed to trim the fat from all of these recipes while increasing your vegetable intake, reducing your calories, and still feeding you those mouth water Italian dishes you've come to know and love. Some examples and favorites are the lentil soup, Chicken Marsala, polenta, three cheese pizza, chicken breast stuffed with hazelnuts, and the usually fat laden penne with vodka cream sauce.

 

Fresh ingredients can make all the difference between taste and blandness. Use fresh basil to give sauce a good garden fresh taste, while fresh mozzarella can pack huge flavor by just using a small sliver. If you're trying to cut back on calories, the use of fresh garden spices instead of the dried variety will actually make your recipes taste better instead of missing flavor when switching to lower fat variety cheeses.

You can reduce the fat and calories even further by using nonstick cooking spray and lower fat variety mozzarella cheese. Whole grain pasta and bread are also great substitutions.

Have Any Tips to Share on Making a Healthier Chicken Parmigiana (without sacrificing taste?) - Leave them here in the guestbook!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Looks fantastic! one of my favorite dishes, yum!

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I'm definitely going to try this recipe soon! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens - my mouth is watering! SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      My husband loves this. Thanks for the recipe!

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      I-luv-Freebies 7 years ago

      I LOVE THIS LENS!! I'm Italian so it hits right at home for me!! YUM YUM!! Perfect!!

      5* and FAV!! Great Job!!

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens about this lovely food,5*!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      OMG! This looks amazing. I will make this very soon. Thanks for the tips.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This really sounds and looks delicious. I think I could even make it. Thank you and blessed.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'd love to try making this. We have an Italian Bistro we love to go to and they make good Parmigiana but .. very fattening. I'm always trying to cook lean without losing the flavor. Thanks for posting this! 5*s and fav.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This looks and sounds absolutely marvelous! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      AJ2000 7 years ago

      You Rock! Thanks for the great tips. I usually bake my chicken parm too. I'm rating your lens a 5. All the best to you.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I had no idea I could bake after dipping in the bread crumbs, I always fry at that point. Your eggplant parmigiana looks great, and healthier than mine. I will give it a go!

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative and organized. I would love to try your recipe sometime. I will be preparing a special dinner for the family, a very important family get together. This one's going to be just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Mmm. Looks really yummy!

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      NickOng 6 years ago

      hey ! i don't really know how to cook yet but this lens just motivated me to make the first step! thank you so much!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      Chicken Parmigiana is one of my favs. I'll certainly have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      awesome recipe. i've been maing it the hard way for years..pan frying..this is so easy!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      It sure looks like a healthier recipe than the usual fattening one.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Aggg.... I'm drooling, and I'm not a bit hungry (ate lunch just now). YUM!

      Thanks for your support on my LOTD. What an honor.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My Dad loves Chicken Parmigiana so I'm going to cook him your healthy version next visit. It looks fabulous.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've been looking for some healthy recipes to make for my man. He does most of the cooking (because he's generally much better at it), but I'm trying to do a little more.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great recipe, thanks for sharing. I love Italian food, in fact just had spaghetti bolognaise for dinner.

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      sjgriffith 6 years ago

      I love Italian food thanks for sharing

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love chicken and pasta, this is a filling, and very healty meal.

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      sorana lm 5 years ago

      Yummy ... mouth watering. Great recipe and lens. Thanks.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very nice recipe! I would use brown bread crumbs instead of regular :)

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Oh my! It looks scrumptious and flavorful. I would love to try your recipe! Great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don;t care if it gets any healthier, yours has my mouth watering! Beautifully and deliciously presented....I sure wish you were my neighbor, I'd be right over!

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      good suggestion. I'll try it soon!

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      blanckj 5 years ago

      I love chicken parm. One of my favorites.

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      Oh how yummy!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Chicken Parmigiana is a family favorite ... great way to prepare with less fat. Thanks for the info :)

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I like your baked chicken parm recipe and will definitely try it.

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      suzy-t 4 years ago

      Delicious. It's never a problem getting my kids to the dinner table when Chicken Parm is on the menu !

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    • Prep time: 10 min
    • Cook time: 15 min
    • Ready in: 25 min
    • Yields: 2

    Ingredients

    • Chicken parmesan cutlets (already cooked)
    • 2 cups marinara or homemade tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup mozzarella or provolone cheese
    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (optional)
    • 1 loaf french bread
    • or 1-2 loaves ciabatta bread

    Instructions

    1. 1. Take the already prepared chicken parmigiana while it's still hot and preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
    2. 2. Cut the french bread or ciabatta bread in half. Spread the olive oil onto each half. You can optionally shake parmesan cheese or basil onto the bread. Place the cutlets on top of the bottom side of the bread, then top with sauce, one teaspoon at a time to your liking until covered. Do not use too much or the bread may get soggy. Find the sauce recipe here.
    3. 3. Top with mozzarella or provolone cheese, then bake on a baking sheet for 8-12 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the bread has lightly browned. Serve immediately.
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        Lou165 5 years ago from Australia

        I always add onion (it's not optional in my house :D), I also often add a little diced bacon to the onion and garlic once the onion has softened - 1 or 2 tbsp only. Otherwise our sauces are very similar, I also think if you're using dried herbs then the McCormick one you recommend is awesome.

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        sorana lm 5 years ago

        Love the sauce.

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        blanckj 5 years ago

        We make a huge vat of sauce and have spaghetti for a week and then freeze the rest of it.

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