Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan is a delicious and healthy alternative to the beloved classic! The traditional recipe has been given a skinny makeover without losing any of its signature cheesy, crispy goodness.

The BEST healthy baked Chicken Parmesan recipe, ready to eat in 30 minutes! This easy, oven baked chicken Parm recipe with Panko Parmesan crust is kid friendly and tastes better than the restaurant version!

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I cooked so much Italian(ish) food my first year of marriage that I’m surprised we didn’t end up speaking with Sicilian(ish) accents.

Most often I turned to quick and easy pasta recipes, but when I was feeling extra fancy or needed a more romantic dinner recipe, I’d make oven baked chicken Parmesan (also known as chicken parmigiana).

Between you and me, the first time I made this baked chicken Parmesan recipe, I was ultra impressed with myself. Self high-fiving was involved.

Here was a recipe I’d seen in restaurants my whole life, right on our plates!

The Parmesan-crusted chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside and lusciously juicy on the inside, and the cheese topping was hot, bubbly, and every bit as satisfying as I’d hoped it would be.

You see, although I most often associate chicken Parmesan with Italian-American restaurants, I don’t actually like to order it out.

For one, healthy baked chicken Parmesan is so easy to prepare at home, I’d rather spend my restaurant dollars on a different dish.

For two, most versions you’ll find when you’re out are for deep fried chicken Parmesan that is so over-the-top heavy, the chicken is lost entirely under a pile of greasy breadcrumbs and slippery cheese.

Why You’ll Love It

Today’s version is a light, healthy chicken Parmesan that’s easy to make and offers the same comfort and satisfaction of a go-big restaurant meal.

The BEST healthy Chicken Parmesan. Easy, baked chicken recipe. Tastes better than a restaurant! Recipe at | @wellplated

5 Star Review

“I had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing, so flavorful and delicious! Definitely making this again.”

— Bee —

How to Make Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

The funny thing about baked chicken Parmesan is that even though it seems pretty deluxe, it’s actually one of the easiest baked chicken recipes to make.

Further, now that I have my own perfect version of a crispy, oven baked chicken Parmesan panko crust, I actually prefer it.

It’s delicious but not overdone and baked instead of fried, and the panko bread crumb crust is satisfyingly crisp, without being so thick you feel like you are eating a slab of breading.

The Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts. Lean and protein-packed boneless, skinless chicken breasts stay tender and juicy underneath the breading.
  • Breadcrumbs + Panko. Because baked chicken Parmesan no breading just wouldn’t be right! Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and whole wheat panko create the perfect light, crispy exterior. Oven baked chicken Parmesan panko is just as delicious as fried, and it’s so much better for you!
  • Cheeses. Part-skim mozzarella turns melty, gooey, and bubbly on top of the chicken, and the Parmesan helps flavor the breading.
  • Egg Whites. Making baked chicken parmesan egg white-style is what helps make the breading stick to the chicken breasts.
  • Tomato Sauce. To make the recipe especially weeknight-friendly, I took a shortcut by using good-quality store-bought tomato sauce. If you prefer to make your baked chicken Parmesan sauce from scratch, you can check out the simple sauce that’s included with my recipe for Whole30 Meatballs.

Why The Two types of breadcrumbs?

  • Panko breadcrumbs (also known as Japanese-style breadcrumbs) are larger and drier than traditional breadcrumbs. They’re the key to making sure the chicken Parmesan coating has maximal crunch.
  • Traditional breadcrumbs adhere more easily to chicken than panko breadcrumbs do. Including some here ensures the surface area of the chicken is fully coated.

The Directions

  1. Cut and pound the chicken breasts.
  2. Stir together the two types of breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, and pepper in a wide, shallow bowl. Whisk the egg whites until foamy in a separate bowl. Slice the mozzarella into 4 pieces.
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken into the egg whites, then the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake. The chicken will take about 15 minutes to bake at 400 degrees F. Top the chicken with sauce and mozzarella. Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes. ENJOY!

To Cook in the Air Fryer

To Make this Recipe in the Air Fryer: For healthy chicken parmesan air fryer style, prepare the recipe as directed through Step 3. Lay the breaded chicken breasts in the air fryer basket, spritzing the tops with oil. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees F. Flip the chicken breasts over and add the cheese and sauce on top. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese has melted and chicken is cooked through.

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. The BEST! Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, and it’s so easy to make. Recipe at | @wellplated

Storage Tips

  • To Store. This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is baked, but leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat. Leftover chicken can be reheated in a lightly greased pan over medium heat and is also good served at room temperature on top of salads.

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