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BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

This delicious Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe is easy and doesn’t require any frying. Because this chicken Parmesan is baked, it is healthy, quick and easy! Make this crispy baked Parmesan crusted chicken for dinner tonight in about thirty minutes!

BAKED INSTEAD OF FRIED!

I always think of Chicken Parmesan as being a complicated and labor intensive recipe – but I recently discovered that Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is not only easy, but quick enough for a weeknight dinner!

This is a great chicken breast recipe – cutting the chicken breasts in half lengthwise and then pounding them slightly to make them even thickness will help them cook quickly and really helps you achieve more of a restaurant quality taste.

HOW TO CUT CHICKEN BREASTS IN HALF

I have never cut my chicken breasts like this before, but it is very simple and makes a huge difference the cooking time and taste. Simply cut through the middle as if you are going to butterfly the chicken breast (cutting it open like a book), but cut all the way through to make two equal sized pieces.

After cutting the chicken breasts in half, place them in a gallon sized zip top bag in an even layer, seal it, then pound them to an even thickness. You can use a meat pounder or a rolling pin to do this. You can also place the chicken breasts between two layers of cling wrap instead of a zip top bag if you prefer.

HOW TO MAKE OVEN BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

Line a baking sheet with foil, brush foil with olive oil. Adjust oven rack so that is in the second from the top space. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the chicken breasts in half and pound to even thickness.
Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.
In one shallow dish, mix together panko bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
In another shallow dish, whisk one egg.
Dip one chicken breast into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. Ensure chicken breast is fully coated in the crumb mixture, and gently press with your hand do help the crumbs stick to the chicken. Place chicken breast on prepared baking sheet, repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
Place baking sheet in oven on the second from the top rack. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Flip chicken, for 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken, then top with cheese. Place back in the oven. Turn on the broiler. Broil for 2-4 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly and edges of chicken are browning.

WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU BAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN AT?

Bake this Chicken Parmesan at 400 degrees to ensure it is nice and crispy, then finish it under the broiler.

HOW LONG DO YOU BAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN IN THE OVEN?

Because the chicken breasts have been cut in half and pounded to an equal thickness, they cook very quickly – it only takes about 15 minutes for them to be done.

DO YOU NEED TO COVER CHICKEN PARMESAN IN THE OVEN?

No, I did not cover the chicken while baking it. Leaving the chicken uncovered allows with to get more crispy and prevents it from getting soggy.

WHAT IS THE BEST PARMESAN CHEESE TO USE FOR BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN?

As always, I recommend buying a wedge of Parmesan cheese and grating it yourself rather then buying pre-grated Parmesan cheese. Often containers of pre-grated Parmesan have wood pulp in them, not to mention they just don’t taste as good. You are better off buying a wedge of real Parmigiano-Reggiano and using a microplane to grate it.

IS BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN HEALTHY?

Baked Chicken Parmesan is healthy because it is baked and not fried, which means it uses less oil. Using chicken breasts means it has lots of protein but less fat. I use my homemade marinara sauce, which has no added sugar. And you can control the type of cheese you use, as well as how much. Although I prefer to use whole milk mozzarella, you can also use part skim if you prefer (it just doesn’t melt quite as nicely, and I think the difference in calories is minimal). One serving of this Baked Chicken Parmesan has 436 calories vs Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan which has 1450 calories according to their website.