I woke up this morning and needed some inspiration for dinner tonite — unless we have plans on the book I like Sunday night dinners at home. Tonite is Chicken Parm with no breading just lots of delicious cheese, sauce and a side of spaghetti. This recipe is super easy and super delicious and will be on our table tonite! Perfection on a plate!
I used thin chicken breasts to start , if you’re using thicker ones you’ll have to monitor the timing of them a bit more and you should just use a meat thermometer to do so. This really couldn’t be easier and it was super tasty and is a cheese lovers delight. It’s lightened up from traditional breaded and fried chicken parm.
Prep and ingredients are super easy .
This recipe is for 4.
1 1/2 – 2 pounds of thin chicken breasts
3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. onion powder
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasonings — It comes in one jar and is available in most spice sections in supermarkets —
pinch kosher salt
1/4 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
and because we like a little extra kick I add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 -1 cup Jarred Marinara or if you have home made that’s good too . I prefer Raos Arabiata or Marinara
Shredded Mozzarella — probably 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on how much cheese you like — I like a good sprinkle of cheese — see pics.
A little olive oil for drizzle in pan before cooking
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
I used a large baking dish and sprayed with cooking spray and drizzled a bit of olive oil to bottom of pan — just a little
Beat egg in a wide enough bowl for dipping chicken
In a second wide bowl combine the parm cheese and spices and mix
Dip each piece of chicken in the egg and then the cheese, coating both sides. Place in prepared baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes — since cutlets are thin this should be fine because you’ll be cooking more with sauce and cheese. If thicker cutlets you may need a bit more time.
Top each piece with sauce and shredded mozzarella. ( you can spread a little sauce in between chicken as well . I served over spaghetti and needed a little more sauce so this was enough. If you want you can heat up extra sauce in a small saucepan for spaghetti. Bake for another 10-20 minutes till chicken is 160 degrees when checked with meat thermometer and cheese is melted and bubbly. I like my cheese just slightly browned so you can turn to broil for a minute or so depending on your broiler but be careful you don’t want to burn the whole thing.
I served over pasta and had enough sauce for us.
That’s it folks — enjoy!