Sunday, January 15, 2012

Baked Chicken Parmesan

 

Yes. It is Chicken Parmesan.
And, YES, it was delicious.

This is a definite keeper. Easy, simple, and very yummy. I was browsing Google for the "Best Food Apps" when I came across the reference to a site called... http://www.theskinnyskillet.com. Say what? Totally went to check it out. I can tell I will be frequently visiting this site. It's basic, easy, and delish recipes.

While I was perusing the Skinny Skillet site, I found "Chicken Strips Parmesan."
Interesting.
I have been totally craving Italian like crazy. (Actually really been in the mood for pizza.)
Also, quite a great coincidence that I had some thawed chicken in the fridge that needed to be used up. 
Coincidence or Fate? 
Muaaahhahhh.
To be honest, my experience with baked "fried" foods has not really left me super-impressed. This recipe and my Mini Chicken Cordon Bleu's are exceptions. *smile*
Guess it has to be done just right!

Here's the recipe:
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless (Odd, since the original title says "Strips")
1 egg, large
1/3 cup bread crumbs, Italian herb flavored
1 cups marinara sauce, already prepared, jar or deli
1/2 cup cheese, mozzarella, low moisture and part skim milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
cooking spray

Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. Cut chicken breasts into strips about 1 inch wide. 
  4. Beat egg in a bowl. 
  5. Place bread crumbs on a plate for dredging. 
  6. Dip the chicken strips in egg, then bread crumbs and place on baking sheet. 
  7. Spray top of chicken with cooking spray. 
  8. Bake for 15 minutes turning once. 
  9. Spoon marinara sauce on top of each chicken strip. Top with mozzarella, then Parmesan and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 300 calories, 11 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 32 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates,2 g dietary fiber, 720 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 7

*Helpful note-Don't be afraid to "up" the garlic!

Oh, yeah, hubby liked it, too. Guess that IS important! We served with a salad and lima beans. 
(I know, where the heck did Lima Beans come from??? Not exactly "italian" food. But, what can I say, it just sounded good-we haven't had them in a very long time! Don't judge! *wink*)

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