Homemade Baked Chicken Parmigiana Recipe
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.
* 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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Have this simple baked chicken parmigiana dish ready and on the table in no time flat with these simple 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.
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.
Other Healthy Italian Cooking Recipes on the Web - More Italian recipes you should try out!
- Carrot Chicken Farfalle
Chicken with a unique, chicken flavored carrot sauce. Healthy and very flavorful!
- Healthy Chicken Marsala
It's usually full of fat, but this version is full of taste, and uses fresh ingredients to replace the fat.
- Spaghetti with Bell Pepper Marinara
Make this recipe with whole grain pasta for a healthier, more filling meal.
- Eating Healthy in Italian Restaurants
How to eat healthier in Italian restaurants while still enjoying your experience out.
- Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
Add some vegetables and curb the fat intake by using part skim ricotta in this delicious recipe.
- Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers
Some whole grain risotto in this recipe, or stuffing prepared with chicken broth instead of butter, will be full of flavor and still a great addition to your meal.
- Veggie Paninis
Hold the meat, hold the calories, and have a delicious veggie panini instead!
- Homemade Baked Eggplant Parmigiana
This easy eggplant recipe is similar to this chicken parmigiana recipe, so if you like this, you'll probably love the eggplant version too.
- Stir Fry Italian Squash Recipe
Just a little olive oil and a fresh squash makes this a tasty side dish during the summer, when this is in peak season!
Jarred Sauce vs. Homemade Sauce - Which do you make the most?
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- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- Yields: 2
- 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
- 1. Take the already prepared chicken parmigiana while it's still hot and preheat an oven to 400 degrees.
- 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. 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.