HEALTHY BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 small-medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (if you only have large, you can cut 2 large breasts in half lengthwise to make four smaller fillets) pounded to even thickness
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅔ cup Italian style breadcrumbs (or plain breadcrumbs mixed with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for topping
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large baking pan.

Brush chicken on both sides with oil, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Stir together breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish and toss chicken in the breadcrumb mixture to coat on both sides. Arrange chicken on prepared baking dish.

Bake chicken for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. While chicken is cooking, combine marinara sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning, and basil in a medium sauce pan and stir over medium heat until hot throughout.

When chicken is cooked through, remove from oven and switch oven to broil. Top each chicken breasts with about ½ cup of marinara sauce and one slice of mozzarella cheese. Return to oven for 3-4 minutes until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown. ( keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn).

Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with cracked black pepper and fresh basil (optional).