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Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford  

Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti

To save time and effort, boil the broccoli rabe first, scoop it out with a slotted spoon, and cook the pasta in the same pot of boiling water.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2014

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Hands-on:45 Minutes
  • Total:45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans unsalted petite-diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 (8-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Torn basil leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

3. While pasta cooks, place tomatoes in a food processor; process until almost smooth. Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and 3/8 teaspoon salt; cook 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in chopped basil. Toss 1 cup sauce with pasta; keep warm.

4. While sauce cooks, split each chicken breast half horizontally to form 2 cutlets (4 total). Combine flour, garlic powder, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle tops of cutlets with half of flour mixture; pat evenly onto cutlets. Turn cutlets over. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture; pat onto cutlets. Shake off any excess flour. Place egg in a shallow dish. Combine panko and Parmigiano-Reggiano in another shallow dish. Dip cutlets in egg; dredge in panko mixture.

5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Place chicken on a baking sheet; top evenly with mozzarella. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

6. Arrange about 1/2 cup pasta mixture on each plate; top each with 1 cutlet and about 3 tablespoons remaining sauce. Sprinkle with torn basil, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 460
  • Fat: 14.8g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 38.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.7g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 136mg
  • Iron: 2.8mg
  • Sodium: 634mg
  • Calcium: 247mg
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