Baked Chicken Parm

Like many others, I am forever looking for meals that are easy to make and will please my picky eaters. Favorites seem to come and go just like the tide. But a few of our current meals have stayed in rotation longer than most, which is why I share this one.

It’s another Weight Watcher meal that I picked up from Skinnytaste (click here for her post). It is really easy to make and cooks up pretty fast…it’s a great option for a busy family.

You will need 2 pounds of chicken cutlets (approximately 8 cutlets), ¾ cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, olive oil, cooking spray, marinara sauce (I use our favorite pizza sauce), low fat mozzarella cheese.

A note about the chicken: the quality of chicken cutlet makes a difference. I have gotten cutlets before that are very thin…they are okay, but they tend to dry out during baking.

Start by preheating the oven to 450F and spraying a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Mix together the Italian season breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and put into a shallow bowl or dish. Brush olive oil over one side of a chicken cutlet and push the oiled side into the bread crumb and parmesan mixture so that it is coated. While it is laying in the mixture, brush the other side with olive oil then turn over to coat that side with bread crumbs. Place onto a baking sheet and repeat until all of the cutlets have been prepared.  I use my fingers to coat the chicken with olive oil – it makes no more mess on my hands and saves having to clean extra dishes (plus the basting brush is so “fun” to clean, isn’t it?).

Lightly spray the tops of the chicken cutlets with cooking spray. Put into the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the cutlets over and return to the oven for another 5 minutes.

Spoon approximately a tablespoon of sauce on each cutlet. Top with a pinch of mozzarella cheese and put back into the oven for 3-5 minutes (or until the cheese is melted). Serve with pasta (fettucine or spaghetti) if desired.  For my pickiest eater, who despises cheese, I make this without sauce and cheese and he LOVES it!  You could always use this breadcrumb mixture to coat chicken tenders for homemade chicken tenders (instead of the frozen, store bought kind).

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