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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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