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Lightened-Up Chicken Parmesan

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
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