HEALTHY CHICKEN PARMESAN

Chicken ParmWhen I was growing up Sunday dinner was always a big deal.  There was always something in the oven, or on the stove cooking all day.  One of my favorite Sunday dishes was chicken parmesan.  Crispy chicken covered in blanket of tomato sauce smothered with cheese…What is not to love?  So now that I am an adult (more or less), I thought to myself how can I make this classic Italian comfort food healthier but still taste great?

Enter healthier chicken parmesan!  Not only is this healthier, but we also only 1 pan to clean!
Let’s get cooking!

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup gluten free or regular flour
  • 1 small bunch basil chopped
  • 1 bottle tomato basil passata (crushed tomato) or tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

WHAT DO I DO?

Place the flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and cheese on a plate and mix to combine.  Lightly coat each chicken breast in the mixture (be sure to coat both sides!).  Place olive oil in pan and heat on med-high.  Place chicken in pan and brown each side roughly 2-3 minutes per side.  The chicken will not be cooked through; we only want to brown the outside.

Turn down the heat to simmer and pour the tomato sauce into the pan. Gently lift up each chicken breast to ensure each piece is resting in the sauce.  Sprinkle the chopped basil in the sauce.  Cover pan (I used foil as I did not have a lid large enough) and let chicken simmer for 20 min on low.

Now Mangia!

Julia xox

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