Chicken Italiano

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"I think this dish--which my family loves--tastes wonderful because there are so many flavors going on. It looks beautiful, too, topped with the bright red tomato and the green oregano, so it's a great dish to take somewhere. I recommend leaving the tomatoes off if you're going to freeze it, then adding them fresh before reheating." --CL Reader
4 servings


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2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese
Cooking spray
1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
4 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (1-ounce) slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut in half
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices tomato
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine spinach and cream cheese. Press spinach mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Place breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to make 2 cutlets. Dredge chicken in breadcrumbs.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Arrange chicken over spinach mixture. Top with mozzarella, and sprinkle with oregano. Top with the tomato slices and Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Spoon one-fourth spinach mixture onto each of 4 plates; arrange 2 chicken cutlets and 2 tomato slices over spinach mixture.

Note: Before making cutlets (see the third paragraph), partially freeze chicken for easier slicing.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 378
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 11.3 g
Satfat 5 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 49.6 g
Carbohydrate 17.9 g
Fiber 4.7 g
Cholesterol 97 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Sodium 1005 mg
Calcium 611 mg