Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center recipe of the month – Baked chicken parmesan

A classic comfort food baked for a lighter twist topped with an easy homemade tomato sauce.

Serving size: 4 ounces chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:Chicken Parmesan KRNC Recipe.

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumb
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • “5-Minute Tomato Sauce”
    • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 ½ medium cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    • *15-ounce can crushed red tomatoes
    • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • Zest of ½ lemon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Dip each piece of chicken in egg, then in breadcrumbs. Flip chicken over to cover both sides with breadcrumbs until completely and evenly coated. Place coated chicken in prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake chicken in oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is baking, prepare the 5-Minute Tomato Sauce. Combine all ingredients for the tomato sauce in a saucepan (in order listed), stir, and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside or keep on low warm heat.
  5. Remove chicken from oven, pour sauce around chicken. Avoid smothering chicken if you prefer bread crumbs to stay a little crispy. Sprinkle cheese over chicken.
  6. Bake an additional 15 minutes*, or until a thermometer reads 165°F in the thickest piece of chicken.

Calories – 375

Total fat – 17 g

Saturated fat – 5g

Cholesterol – 190 mg

Sugar – 5 g

Protein – 37 g

Total Carbohydrates – 18 g

Dietary Fiber – 2 g

*Sodium – 830 mg

Added Sugar – 0 g

*calculated with regular canned tomatoes, low sodium tomatoes would yield 545 mg sodium for the total recipe

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