Baked Chicken Parmesan

I cooked so much Italian food my first year of marriage that I’m surprised we didn’t end up speaking with Sicilian accents. Most often I turned to quick and easy pasta recipes, but when I was feeling extra fancy or it was a Friday night, I’d make Baked Chicken Parmesan.

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. Crispy, juicy, and even better than a restaurant! Easy, kid-friendly recipe. Ready in 30 minutes! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Between you and me, the first time I made Baked Chicken Parmesan, I was ultra impressed with myself. Here was a recipe I’d seen in restaurants my whole life, right on our plates. The Parmesan chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside, lusciously juicy on the inside, and the cheese topping was hot, bubbly, and every bit as comforting as I’d hoped it would be.

No doubt we had wine, and I probably would have turned on the Pandora opera station to give the setting the ultimate Italian effect, if I weren’t already occupied shoveling Baked Chicken Parmesan into my mouth.

What a lucky man, this new husband of mine.

The BEST Baked Chicken Parmesan. Easy, healthy recipe. Tastes better than a restaurant! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

The funny thing about Baked Chicken Parmesan is that even though it seems fancy, it’s one of the easiest recipes to make. Although I most often associate chicken Parmesan with restaurants, I don’t actually like to order it out. For one, it’s so easy to prepare at home, I’d rather spend my restaurant dollars on a different dish. For two, most restaurant versions of chicken Parmesan are so over-the-top heavy that you lose the flavor of the chicken entirely under a pile of greasy breadcrumbs and slippery cheese.

Unlike those overdone restaurant recipes, today’s version is a healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan that fuses Italian comfort food with weeknight dinner sensibility. It’s baked, not fried, and the breadcrumb crust is satisfyingly crisp, without being so thick you feel as if you are eating at KFC.

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. The BEST! Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, and it’s so easy to make. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

To make the recipe especially weeknight friendly, I took a shortcut by using good-quality store-bought tomato sauce. You can make your own, but on most weeknights, which is when we usually eat Baked Chicken Parmesan these days, I am equally satisfied to open a jar.

My one non-negotiable: the bubbly, melty mozzarella cheese. I don’t think I needed to tell you that though, did I?

Skinny Baked Chicken Parmesan. The BEST! Easy, healthy recipe that our whole family loves. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

And they lived happily ever after!

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. Crispy, juicy, and even better than a restaurant! Easy, kid-friendly recipe. Ready in 30 minutes!

Yield: 4 pieces (2-4 servings)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 12 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce, plus extra for serving as desired
  • Thinly sliced or chopped fresh basil
  • Optional, for serving: prepared whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles, or just enjoy on its own!

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise so that you have 4 pieces total. Pound each piece to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Set aside.
  2. In a wide, shallow bowl (a pie dish works well), combine the Italian breadcrumbs, whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites until lightly foamy. Cut the mozzarella into 4 slices, or grate and divide into four equal portions.
  3. Arrange your work station in the following order: pounded chicken, egg whites, breadcrumb mixture, baking sheet. Working one at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the egg whites, shaking off any excess, then the breadcrumbs, gently patting the chicken as needed so that the crumbs stick to all sides. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly coat the tops of the chicken with baking spray.
  4. Bake until the chicken is cooked through (it should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F) and the crumbs are brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over each piece of chicken, and top with a slice of mozzarella. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 3-5 additional minutes. Sprinkle with basil and enjoy immediately, topped with extra sauce as desired.
  • This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is baked. Leftover chicken can be reheated in a lightly greased pan over medium heat and is also good served at room temperature on top of salads.
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 piece with sauce and cheese

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 385 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 113mg
  • Sodium: 972mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 48g

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About Erin Clarke

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12 comments

  1. Love your blog! What would you consider a good-quality store-bought sauce? Thanks!

    • Hi Erica! There are a lot of great ones out there. I usually try to pick one that has mostly natural ingredients, costs a few dollars more than the most basic sauce available (usually a sign of quality), and packs a lot of flavor. Roasted garlic is one of my favorites, and I like tomato basil too. I also stay away from the ones that already have meat added. Those weird me out for some reason (nor would I want them for chicken parm anyway). I know that’s not an exact answer, but I hope it at least helps give you some direction.

  2. Hi – I love all your recipes.  I love chicken parm, but every time I make it, the bottom of the chicken does not get crispy when I bake it.  Many times it is “soggy”.  What am I doing wrong?  

    • Hi Amy! I’m afraid some sogginess is inevitable, but if you’d like to mitigate it, you can try baking the chicken on top of a lightly greased baking rack that you set on top of the rimmed baking sheet. That will elevate the chicken and help crisp the bottom. I hope that helps and that you love the recipe! Thanks for your kind words about my other recipes too :)

  3. This sounds very good.  I’m curious to know if the nutrition information you gave is for 1 of 2 servings or 1 of 4 servings.

  4. I’ve never eaten chicken parmesan but I like what I see. What a delicious looking dish! And it only takes 30 mins! Love it!

  5. Hey girl- this looks so yummy for my tummy!

  6. A delicious take on one of my favorite dishes! Yum!

  7. thanks for sharing. why does it take so much longer for me to cook it at the same temperature? or am i just over cooking it? i don’t have a thermometer but the chicken definitely doesn’t look done at only 20 min in when i cut into it.

    • Hi Hunter, it’s hard to say for sure why cooking times might vary. Everyone’s oven is different! The two things that may be most likely are oven temperature (I use an oven thermometer to make sure my oven is actually at the temp it’s set to) and the thickness of the chicken. If it’s not pounded as thin as mine was, it would probably take longer to cook. I hope that helps!

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