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Weight Watchers Easy Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Posted Sep 04 2012 10:09pm

Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan

Easy, Healthy, Lightened Up Baked Chicken Parmesan

A couple of weeks ago I received this recipe for an easy, healthy, lightened-up chicken parmesan from one of my Weight Watcher’s AT WORK meeting members, who said it’s a dish her whole family enjoys. As soon as I read the description, lightly breaded chicken cutlets topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, basil leaves and a sprinkling of mozzarella, and then quickly baked, I added it to my list of “must try” recipes. (The recipe is from the Weight Watchers cookbook,  Simply Delicious : 245 No-Fuss Recipes–All 8 POINTS or Less , which has now been added to my Amazon Wish List.)

To save fat and calories, I’ve been baking my chicken parmesan for years, using a more traditional topping of marinara sauce and mozzarella. This sounded even lighter and healthier.

To increase the crispy factor, I used Panko instead of the plain dry bread crumbs called for. And following the instructions to brush the chicken with reduced-calorie mayonnaise before coating with the crumbs kept the chicken incredibly moist and tender.

As you can see from the photo, my chicken breasts were much bigger than 4 ounces, so I used my Weight Watchers Points Plus Electronic Food Scale  and divided them into reasonable portions before serving.

A refreshing change from traditional chicken parmesan, Rod and I liked it so much we ended up eating this lighter healthier version two nights in a row.


Weight Watchers Easy Lightened-Up Baked Chicken Parmesan
Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 18 mins
Total time: 33 mins
Serves: 4
Lightened-up version of the Italian-American classic – topped with sliced tomatoes and basil instead of sauce and baked instead of fried.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and then brush both sides of them with the mayonnaise.
  3. Place the crumbs in a large zipper-close plastic bag. Add the chicken breasts, one at a time, and shake to coat evenly with the crumbs.
  4. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Top each piece of chicken with the tomato slices and then drizzle evenly with the oil.
  6. Top each tomato slice with the basil and then sprinkle evenly with the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and bubbly and beginning to turn lightly golden, 12 to 18 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve
Nutrition & Cooking Notes

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 297 calories, 13 g fat, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein and 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus



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