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A healthier alternative to the well known fried Chicken Parmesan, this Baked Chicken Parmesan is crispy and juicy and will leave you just as satisfied!

Baked Chicken Parmesan


  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

A healthier alternative to the well known fried Chicken Parmesan, this Baked Chicken Parmesan is crispy and juicy and will leave you just as satisfied!


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Ingredients

  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 3 (8-10 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup prepared marinara (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Spray a cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray and set it over a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Place the bread in a food processor or blender and process until you have fine crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a shallow bowl and add the 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley, paprika, garlic powder and thyme. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour the buttermilk into a separate shallow bowl.
  4. With a sharp knife, butterfly open each of the chicken breasts (cutting them open like a book), cutting each into 2 thinner pieces of chicken, for a total of 6 pieces. Dip each piece into the buttermilk, then into the breadcrumb mixture, using your hands to adhere the crumbs to the chicken if needed. Transfer to the cooling rack in a single layer.
  5. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve topped with the marinara and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes:

Keep it healthy by serving the chicken on top of a bed of spaghetti squash.