Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

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I absolutely love Italian food! I also love hosting dinner parties and an Italian dish is always one of my go-to recipes when planning for a larger crowd. However, Italian meals don’t always fit into my healthy eating plan, so I’m always looking for a healthier, but still delicious recipe! I love swapping recipes with my friends! We decided to do a recipe swap for one of our Saturday brunch sessions. One friend shared this delicious skinny chicken parm recipe that she found on Pinterest from Two Purple Figs and I have been hooked ever since! It is so easy to make and it definitely cuts down on the calories!

This recipe teaches you how to make homemade marinara sauce and the chicken cooks perfectly! This is another recipe I LOVE to cook in my Copper Chef! I promise this will become a family favorite and will be an instant go-to for dinner! Here is what you need to get started!

Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. pesto sauce
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Let’s Get Cooking!

Homemade Marinara Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil. I’ll be honest, I have made this recipe plenty of times with dried basil and it was delicious! 

Skinny Chicken Parm

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9×13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  8. Spread the pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  9. Spread the marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!

Do you have a favorite go-to dinner recipe? I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our menu!

Skinny Chicken Parm
Serves 4
This skinny take on Chicken Parmesean is easy to make and will definitely be a family fave!
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Ingredients
  1. Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients
  2. • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  4. • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. • 4 tsp. basil pesto
  6. • ½ cup grated paremesan cheese
  7. • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  8. • ½ tsp. salt
  9. • ¼ tsp. pepper
  10. • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  11. • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
  12. Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients
  13. • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  14. • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  15. • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  16. • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  17. • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  18. • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  19. • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  20. • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Homemade Marinara Sauce
  2. 1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. 2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. 3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  5. 4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  6. 5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  7. 6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil.
  9. Skinny Chicken Parm
  10. 1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  11. 2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9x13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  12. 3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  13. 4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  14. 5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  15. 6. Lower the heat to medium low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  16. 7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  17. 8. Spread 1 tsp. of the basil pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  18. 9. Place 2 Tbsp. of marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  19. 10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  20. 11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  21. 12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  22. 13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
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~Mollie

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1 comment

  1. This is going to sound silly but do you put anything on your noodles like butter or oil? Or are they just boiled and plated? I LOVE this recipe and I always use it when making chicken parm, I just never make the noodles.

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