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Chicken Parmesan

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 chicken cutlet and 1/2 cup sauce)
To make the cooking process easy, purchase pre-pounded cutlets or ask your butcher to pound them for you.


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar lower-sodium marinara sauce
  • 2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6 chicken cutlets or chicken breasts pounded to 1/3-inch thickness (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 428
  • fat 22.3 g
  • satfat 5.7 g
  • monofat 11.4 g
  • polyfat 4.4 g
  • protein 38.7 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 128 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 597 mg
  • calcium 391 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Combine first 3 ingredients. Place flour in a shallow bowl or dish. Place breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup cheese in a second shallow bowl or dish. Combine 2 tablespoons water and egg in a third bowl; stir with a whisk.

  3. Working with 1 cutlet at a time, dredge cutlets in flour; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Cook half of cutlets 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove cutlets from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and cutlets.

  5. Pour 2/3 cup pasta sauce mixture into bottom of a 3-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Arrange chicken cutlets in a single layer over sauce mixture; cover with remaining sauce mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  6. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese melts and top is brown and bubbly around edges. Sprinkle with basil.

Cook's Notes

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