Smoky, low-sodium, oven-roasted tomatoes stand in for jarred sauce, and fresh mozzarella adds a cheesy finish to portion-perfect Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce.
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 shallot, sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup whole-wheat panko
2 (8-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's)
1.5 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated and divided (about 6 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil leaves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine tomatoes and 1 tablespoon oil; toss. Arrange tomato mixture on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until browned.
Increase oven temperature to 425°.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, stock, wine, thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 4 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
Place panko in a large skillet; cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.
Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to form 4 cutlets. Combine mayonnaise, half of Parmesan cheese, and milk in a bowl. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over both sides of cutlets. Combine panko, garlic powder, and remaining half of Parmesan cheese in another dish. Dredge cutlets in panko mixture.
Place cutlets on a wire rack coated with cooking spray. Place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
Preheat broiler to high.
Top each cutlet with 2 tablespoons tomato mixture; top tomato mixture evenly with mozzarella cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with basil, and serve with remaining tomato mixture.
This is an amazing meal and the entire family loved it. I could not find whole wheat panko, so just substituted regular panko. It is definitely a dish better suited to the weekend - not that it is difficult, just that there are many steps and lots of dishes. But it is worth it. I served it with extra thin spaghetti noodles tossed with some garlic butter and a tossed green salad. Very filling. Everyone practically licked the plates.
This was a great lighter and fresher take on a usually very heavy dish. It was really good! We'll definitely make this again, but next time, I think I'll make the tomatoes a little more in advance to cut down on prep time.
This was really tasty, but too involved for a weeknight dinner....too many pans and steps. In the future, I would split the steps so that at dinner time, all there is to do is bake the chicken then top and broil it. I couldn't find whole-wheat panko, used Italian-style regular.