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Healthier Chicken Parmesan – 30 Minute Meal

Healthier Chicken Parmesan from A Thousand Crumbs

It’s Fall, and that means HELLO comfort food!  I love the change of season, because that means a whole list of meals I haven’t made or eaten in a year are back in rotation.  But this year, I am approaching things a little differently, and trying to lighten up and healthify a few of my favorites.  That’s right, healthify.  It’s not a word, but it totally should be.  For example I love chicken parmesan, but all of the breading and pasta make me feel weighed down.  Which is why I came up with this healthier chicken parmesan!

This recipe is great because it has all of the amazing flavors of chicken parmesan, lightened up.  By serving the chicken over a bed of zucchini noodles rather than pasta, the recipe sneaks in an extra serving of vegetables, and eliminates the bulk and extra carbs of pasta.  I also use gluten free breadcrumbs to coat the chicken, making this dish gluten free, but 100% delicious.  It wouldn’t be chicken parmesan without that gooey layer of melted mozzarella cheese on top, but thanks to zucchini noodle swap, I say, “bring on the cheese!”

Did I mention that you can whip up this delicious meal in 30 minutes?  Which means you can have chicken parmesan any night of the week!

Healthier Chicken Parmesan

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups zucchini noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs (I use gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grated parmesan
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (I use gluten free)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4oz pieces
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

1

Add the flour to a shallow bowl. Beat the egg with the water in another bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, and 1 Tbsp of parmesan cheese in another bowl.

2

Working with each piece individually, coat the chicken with the flour, then dip it in the egg mixture, and finally the breadcrumbs. Transfer to a plate until all 4 pieces of chicken are ready.

3

Preheat the broiler. Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Pour the marinara sauce over the chicken and top with the sliced mozzarella cheese and remaining 1 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese.

4

Transfer to the broiler, and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3-5 minutes.

5

While the chicken is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet and toss zucchini noodles until crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes.

6

To serve, layer a piece of chicken and sauce over a bed of the zucchini noodles.

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