This Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe has been revised at least 10 times in an attempt to achieve that delicious, moist, yet crisp chicken parm texture without the calories that come along with the typical frying method. I think it is just about perfect, and many taste testers agree that it rivals those found in their favorite Italian restaurants.
Baked Chicken Parmesan
- 1 glass baking dish
- 1 wide shallow bowl
- 1 separate bowl
- 2 sheets of plastic wrap
- 1 eat tenderizer or other heavy object
- ⅓ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- ¼ cup light parmesan cheese
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (trimmed)
- 3 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 slices provolone cheese (use light if you prefer)
- ½ lb whole wheat pasta (I use linguine)
- 1 jar plain marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a wide, shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites.
- Using a meat tenderizer, or other heavy object, place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4 in thickness. Dip breasts into egg whites, then coat well with the bread crumb mixture.
- Arrange chicken in the baking dish and drizzle the tops with the teaspoon of olive oil (you could lightly spray the tops with olive oil cooking spray instead if you wish to omit the oil). Bake for 20 minutes, top each chicken breast with a slice of provolone, and bake an additional 5 minutes (or until cheese has melted).
- While the chicken cooks, heat the marinara in a small saucepan over medium low heat, and cook pasta according to package directions. To serve, plate the linguine topped with a large spoonful of sauce, then place the chicken breast over the pasta, and top with additional sauce.
Mastering the art of cooking Baked Chicken Parmesan requires a few insider tips and tricks. In this section, I’ll share my expertise to ensure you achieve the best results every time. I’ll also delve into common mistakes to avoid, so you can confidently create a delicious and crispy dish that will have everyone asking for seconds.
- Use Panko breadcrumbs: For an extra crunchy coating on your chicken, opt for Panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs. Panko creates a light and crispy texture that elevates the dish to new heights. Make sure to evenly coat the chicken with the breadcrumbs for an even crunch.
- Preheat the baking sheet: To achieve a golden and crispy crust, preheat your baking sheet in the oven before placing the breaded chicken on it. This helps to ensure that the chicken cooks evenly from all sides and prevents the bottom from becoming soggy.
- Bake on a wire rack: Placing the breaded chicken on a wire rack set on top of the baking sheet allows hot air to circulate around the chicken, resulting in a more even browning and a crispier texture. This technique helps to prevent the chicken from getting too greasy as well.
- Opt for fresh ingredients: To enhance the flavors of Baked Chicken Parmesan, use fresh herbs and high-quality ingredients. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, aromatic basil leaves, and ripe tomatoes will take your dish to the next level.
- Rest before serving: Allow the Baked Chicken Parmesan to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the flavors to meld together and ensures that the cheese topping is perfectly melted and gooey.
The Best Ways To Serve And Enjoy Baked Chicken Parmesan
Now that you’ve mastered the art of cooking Baked Chicken Parmesan, it’s time to think about how to serve this delicious dish. In this section, I’ll provide you with enticing serving suggestions, recommend complementary sides, garnishes, and beverages, and even suggest different ways to present this Italian favorite.
- Classic Pasta Pairing: Serve Baked Chicken Parmesan over a bed of al dente spaghetti or linguine. Toss the pasta in a light olive oil and garlic sauce or coat it with marinara for an extra burst of flavor.
- Fresh Salad Accompaniment: Balance the richness of the dish with a refreshing side salad. A simple salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette will provide a lovely contrast to the savory chicken.
- Garlic Bread: Complete your Italian feast with a side of warm and garlicky bread. Slice a baguette, spread it with garlic butter, and toast it until golden brown. It’s the perfect vessel for sopping up the delicious tomato sauce.
- Roasted Vegetables: Add a colorful touch to your plate by serving Baked Chicken Parmesan with a medley of roasted vegetables. Try zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Wine Pairing: Enhance the flavors of Baked Chicken Parmesan with a glass of medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti or Sangiovese. The fruity notes and balanced acidity of these wines complement the richness of the dish.
As a passionate food blogger, I’ve received numerous questions about Baked Chicken Parmesan. In this section, I’ll address some of the most common inquiries and provide you with the answers you need to ensure a successful cooking experience. From storage tips to ingredient substitutions, I’ve got you covered!
Can I prepare Baked Chicken Parmesan in advance?
Absolutely! You can prepare the breaded chicken in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. This allows the flavors to develop and makes for a convenient meal prep option.
How do I store any leftovers?
If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.
Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary, so ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before serving.
Can I substitute the marinara sauce with another type of sauce?
Certainly! While marinara sauce is traditional, you can experiment with different sauces such as arrabbiata or alfredo to add a unique twist to your Baked Chicken Parmesan. Adjust the seasonings accordingly.
Is it possible to make Baked Chicken Parmesan gluten-free?
Yes, you can make a gluten-free version by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers for the coating. Ensure all other ingredients, including the marinara sauce and cheese, are also gluten-free.
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