You get all the flavor without all the extra calories in this quick and easy Lightened-Up Chicken Parmesan! It’s made in one pan and is ready in about 30 minutes – a perfect weeknight dinner that is sure to become a favorite!
Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) is an Italian-American classic! It’s no wonder why it’s a favorite of so many of us – breaded and fried chicken covered in tomato sauce and topped with melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. It’s sooo good!
Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly waistline-friendly because – you know – the breaded and fried part. Okay, and the cheese part too (but I can forgive the cheese because I love it so much). So I decided to lighten things up a bit and make the dish easier and quicker.
My solution? I said goodbye to the breadcrumbs and the very generous amount of oil that would normally be used to fry the chicken. Yep, the breading is gone! I mean I couldn’t get rid of the cheese, so something had to go!
I know. I was skeptical at first too. Would it, could it be good without the breading? The answer is a resounding YES! I didn’t miss the breadcrumbs one bit. It had all the fabulous flavor I was hoping for and less calories!
AND this Chicken Parm recipe is super quick and easy – it’s done in about 30 minutes – and it’s made all in one pan, so less dishes!?
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
- Chicken breast cutlets or boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Spaghetti sauce (homemade or jarred)
- Parmesan cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Fresh parsley (optional)
HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE LIGHTENED-UP CHICKEN PARMESAN:
Lightly dredging the chicken breasts in flour and cooking them in a small amount of olive oil and butter gives them a lightly crisp, golden brown crust.
The easiest cut of chicken to use for this recipe is a chicken breast cutlet. You want each one to weigh about 6 ounces. If you can’t find cutlets, simply get two chicken breasts, each weighing about 12 ounces, and cut them in half horizontally to make two cutlets out of each breast – OR – if you can find small chicken breasts that are about 6 ounces each, just pound them between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper until they are an even ½-inch thick.
Use your favorite spaghetti sauce – homemade or jarred. Want a recipe for homemade sauce that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours? Check out my recipe for Quick & Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. It’s full of flavor and only takes about 30 minutes. One batch is a perfect amount for this recipe.
If you like your cheese more browned and bubbly, you can put the pan under the broiler for a minute or two after the chicken is cooked through and the cheese has melted. Make sure you are using an oven-safe pan with a handle than can withstand the heat of the broiler.
You can serve this Chicken Parmesan on its own or over spaghetti. I like to keep things light and get some veggies by serving it over zoodles or spaghetti squash!
This recipe makes a perfect weeknight meal for the family, but it’s also good enough for dinner guests. Everyone is sure to love it – whether they’re counting calories or not!
I hope you try this recipe for Lightened-Up Chicken Parmesan and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!
Lightened-Up Chicken Parmesan
- 4 chicken breast cutlets (each about 6 ounces) *See Recipe Notes
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or one 24 to 28-ounce jar)
- ½ cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh chopped parsley, optional
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish. Lightly coat each piece of chicken with the flour, shaking off any excess.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Note: The chicken does not have to be cooked through at this point. It will finish cooking in the sauce.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the sauce to the pan. Move the chicken around so that the sauce gets under it and coats each piece.
- Top each piece of chicken with ¼ of the Parmesan cheese (2 tablespoons per piece of chicken) and then ¼ of the mozzarella cheese (¼ cup per piece of chicken).
- Put a lid on the pan and simmer (reduce the heat to low if needed) until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, and serve.
- If you can’t find chicken cutlets, take two large boneless skinless chicken breasts (each weighing about 12 ounces) and cut them in half horizontally to make 2 cutlets out of each breast – OR – if you can find small breasts that are about 6 ounces each, just lightly pound them between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper to an even ½-inch thickness.
- If you like your cheese browned and bubbly, you can put the pan under the broiler for a minute or two after the chicken is cooked through and the cheese has melted. Make sure you are using an oven-safe pan with a handle that can withstand the heat of the broiler.