Raise your hand if you want a chicken parmesan dish that is delicious yet kind to your waist line! My almost oil free chicken parmesan can satisfy your craving without ruining your new year’s resolution of healthy eating. Say good-bye to oil drenched chicken parmesan and say hello to baked, crispy almost oil free chicken parmesan!
Happy Wednesday friends!
This is actually a recipe that I have been making for some times now. I made this chicken parmesan for my hubby a while ago and it was a hit. How I seasoned the chicken and bread crumb mixture is identical. The only difference between picture above and below is one was fried/drenched in oil and the other just had a light coat of cooking spray. So yes, one is significantly healthier than the other.
You can easily serve my Almost Oil Free Chicken Parmesan with pasta but it makes great sandwich as well. I had some French bread that I wanted to use up so I made sandwich this time! They are pretty straight forward to make but it does require some prep work. I promise it will all be worth it though 😉 Shall we get started?
First step is to flatten the chicken. This is a great and wonderful way to decompress. Just bang on the chicken until it’s about 1/2 inch thickness. Then give this chicken a flour coating, egg wash, then coat again with delicious bread crumbs and parmesan cheese mixture.
I had an assembly line on my counter top where my chicken breast is all the way to the left and work my way to flour, egg wash, and bread crumb mixture. Make sure you are using one hand for dry coating (flour and bread crumb) and the other hand for wet coating (egg wash) so that your hands don’t end up having coating of its own 🙂
Last Christmas, one of my very close friends got me a Copper Crisper. Guys, this thing is really cool. I was kind of skeptical at first. I didn’t expect my parmesan chicken to come out crispy but it really does its job. Instead of drenching my chicken in oil, I was able to achieve the crispiness with one light coating of cooking spray on top. I really think you can skip it all together if you are really trying to limit your oil intake. But having a light coating helped me get that extra crispiness with golden brown color.
I am not really a kitchen gadget collecting type of person but I think this Copper Crisper is really worth having especially if you are trying to eat little healthier. I will make sure to have more recipe using this copper crisper coming your way.
Until then, enjoy my almost oil free chicken parmesan and let me know how you like them.
- 3 large chicken breasts, cut into half widthwise
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk or half and half
- 1 cup Plain bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs
- ¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Cooking spray
- Tomato sauce of your choice
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cut the chicken breasts in half widthwise. Flatten thicker pieces with meat mallet. Using a piece of plastic wrap on top of chicken before using a mallet to flatten will help not tear the chicken.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a small bowl, mix together, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Sprinkle the mixture on flatten chicken breasts on both side.
- On a dish that is bigger than the size of your chicken breast, add flour and set aside.
- On another dish that is bigger than the size of chicken breast, beat the egg with milk until they are well mixed together. Use pinch of salt and set it aside.
- On a larger dish, mix together bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley, and Italian seasoning. Set it aside.
- Transfer flatten piece of chicken to flour. Coat the chicken with flour well and shake the excess flour.
- Transfer flour coated chicken to egg mixture.
- Once chicken is well coated with egg mixture, transfer the chicken to bread crumbs and parmesan cheese mixture. Coat well.
- Transfer parmesan cheese and break crumb coated chicken to a baking sheet that’s sprayed with cooing spray or transfer them to Copper Crisper.
- Spray the chicken with light coat of cooking spray.
- Cook for 25 to 30 minutes. If you are using a regular baking sheet, flip the chicken half way so that the both sizes will get crispy.
- Take it out of the oven and using spoonful of tomato sauce of your choice on top of chicken. And sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for another 5 minutes or so until the cheese are melted.
- Serve your chicken parmesan as a sandwich or serve with pasta.