Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan

You’ll love how quickly you can get dinner on the table with this Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan!

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

It’s 30 Minute Thursday, friends! In case you’re new here, on the first Thursday of every month a few friends and I each share a dinner recipe that you can get on your table in half an hour, start to finish.

I love 30 Minute Thursdays because (1) coming up with a new 30 minute meal is always a fun challenge, and (2) I always get so many delicious new dinner ideas from the other bloggers who participate!

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You can find the complete list of February’s 30 Minute Thursday recipes below, right after the recipe for this Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan. Let me know if you try any and how they turn out! I’ll be adding them to my easy dinner recipes Pinterest board so that I remember to add them to my menu plans in the coming weeks.

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

Whenever I make Chicken Parmesan, it’s always a hit with my whole family. My kids can be picky, but chicken is something I pretty much always know they’ll eat. Especially when it has a crispy breadcrumb coating and is served with pasta and marinara sauce!

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

Since this Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan is baked, it’s a healthier dinner, especially if you serve it with whole grain pasta. You don’t need to add too much cheese – a little bit of Parmesan and mozzarella go a long way here. Steamed or roasted broccoli are easy sides that go well with this meal.

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

To make this, you’ll want to first get the water boiling for your pasta (and prep your broccoli if your making some).

To make the chicken, you’ll stir together some breadcrumbs (I use Panko), grated Parmesan, salt and pepper. The chicken gets dipped first in a mixture of egg and milk, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake the chicken until it’s done, top it with a little marinara and mozzarella, and then broil for a few minutes until the cheese gets all melty and the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy. Yum!

Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan with linguine pasta and broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

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Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan
 
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You’ll love how quickly you can get dinner on the table with this Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces linguine pasta
  • ½ cup Panko (or other) breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water
  • 4 thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together Panko crumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper in a shallow dish or pie plate. In a second dish, whisk together the egg and milk or water. Dip each chicken piece first into the egg and then into the crumb mixture, so that both sides are coated. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake chicken in upper third of the oven for 12-15 minutes, until it registers 165 on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from oven and turn on the broiler.
  5. Spoon ¼ cup marinara sauce over each piece of chicken, and then sprinkle each with ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese. Return the chicken to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Divide cooked pasta between four plates, top with the remaining marinara sauce and chicken. Sprinkle on fresh parsley. Serve.

Thirty Minute Thursday

Be sure to check out my friends’ 30 minute recipes for February:

One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli from Flavor the Moments

Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Creamy Polenta from Floating Kitchen

Tuna Casserole from My Kitchen Craze

Easy Chicken Pad Thai from Life Made Sweeter

One Pot Black Bean Fajita Pasta (Make Ahead) from Sweet Peas & Saffron

Italian Chicken Tortellini Skillet from The Recipe Rebel

Healthy Taco Chickpea Lettuce Wraps from She Likes Food

30 Minute Chicken Stew from Bake.Eat.Repeat

Garlic Parmesan Gnocchi with Mushrooms from Pumpkin ‘N Spice

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