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cr chicken-hCrispy & good without guilt sounds like a perfect dinner to me.  Crispy with cheese & good sounds even better!!

About 6 weeks ago I had surgery and was not able to get around very well for several weeks.  Finally about 3 weeks ago I could start getting back into the kitchen (much to The HUbby’s dismay) and the first thing I wanted to make was parmesan chicken.

OK, now if you know me at all this is not something that I would normally be craving, but after several weeks of food from restaurants and The HUbby’s cooking (which was really great) I wanted a parmesan chicken…I don’t know why, it is just what I was craving.  The Hubby was rather excited about it, as parmesan chicken is his favorite anytime we eat Italian food, but me being me I had to make it a little different and it turned out so, so good.

4 servings

Crispy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Crispy baked chicken that is loaded with tons of flavor that comes together quick...making it perfect for dinner tonight

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds, chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs or whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, set aside
  • In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper & parsley flakes
  • Spray each chicken breast with olive oil spray on both sides
  • Dip chicken into bowl with bread crumbs and pat to coat evenly
  • Place chicken breasts onto prepared pan
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is almost cooked through
  • Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cook for additional 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through
  • Remove and let sit for an additional 3-4 minutes before serving
  • ENJOY!!

Notes

Each breast is 5 WW Smart Points:

Nutritional Info Calories 192 - Calories from Fat 72 - Total Fat 8 g - Saturated Fat 3.4 g - Monounsaturated Fat 2.9 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 38 g - Sodium 1198 mg - Potassium 184 mg - Total Carbohydrate 12 g - Dietary Fiber 0 g - Sugars 0 g - Protein 16 g Vitamin A 2 % - Vitamin C 0 % - Calcium 16 % - Iron 6 %

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To make it a little lighter I sprayed each chicken breast with olive oil instead of dipping it into an egg wash, and then I dipped it into seasoned bread crumbs that had some additional yummies added in for some extra flavor.  It gives the chicken a light & crispy crust without a ton of fat from the breading.  If you wanted to add in some additional herbs or spices you could…some fried basil, or additional italian seasoning, maybe even a hit of heat from some cayenne or chili powder to make it a little spicy…whatever you would love will work.

I served this with a salad and some roasted veggies for a light but very filling dinner.  You could also definitely serve this with some red sauce and noodles for a more traditional parmesan chicken dinner.

Remember to make today sparkle and to eat something yummy (like this chicken) – MJ

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