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Quick Chicken Parmesan

MP8166_McCay

Ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of sauce are the hallmarks of any good chicken Parmesan recipe, and this one-skillet version of chicken parm is no exception. We made this recipe easier by skipping the breading on the chicken and loading the top of the dish with cheese and breadcrumbs. Serve with whole-wheat pasta to soak up the extra sauce.

Servings

4 servings, 3 ounces chicken & 2/3 cup sauce each

Prep Time

35 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 28-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 3/4teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2cup coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 128-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh basil or parsley

Instructions

  1. Cut each chicken breast in half on the diagonal to make 4 roughly equal portions. Place between pieces of plastic wrap and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Combine breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and chicken. Transfer the chicken to the plate.
  4. Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour in crushed tomatoes; add Italian seasoning and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return the pan to medium heat and cook, stirring, until the onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Turn to coat with the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese over each piece of chicken, then top with the reserved breadcrumb mixture. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. (Watch carefully to prevent burning.) Serve the chicken with the sauce, sprinkled with basil (or parsley).

Tips

To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, 3 ounces chicken & 2/3 cup sauce each)

Calories 386kcal
Carbohydrate Total 20g
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 4g
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 5g
Mono Saturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 78mg
Sodium 708mg
Protein 34g
Potassium 660mg
Calcium 296mg
Folate 29mcg
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 4mg
Zinc 2mg
Vitamin B3 12mg