Skinny Chicken Parmesan

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 70 min
  • serves 4

As a substitute for the traditional, calorie-laden, melted cheese topping, a spoonful of low-fat ricotta cheese adds creamy mouth-feel to this dish, with only 350 calories per serving.

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Directions for: Skinny Chicken Parmesan


Tomato Sauce and Zucchini Papp

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

¼ red onion, coarsely chopped

3 clove garlic, sliced thin


1 28 oz can peeled plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, in juice, mashed in a bowl with your hands, or pulsed in a food processor

1 sprig fresh basil

fresh basil

¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

4 zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed at both ends


¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 tablespoons extra, for serving

¼ cup dried whole wheat or regular breadcrumbs

¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

1 large egg white, lightly beaten with a fork

1 lb(s) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, split in half to make 6 to 8 large, thin cutlets


4 tsp olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons extra for serving

¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese


Tomato Sauce and Zucchini Papp

1. For the sauce, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the vegetables and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Cover, reduce heat to very low and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. (Check a few times during cooking; if vegetables begin to brown, add 2 teaspoons water and stir.) Add the tomatoes, basil, and another 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer gently 5 minute. Then uncover and simmer very gently until thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

2. Meanwhile, using a mandolin or Benriner, slice the zucchini lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick pappardelle-like strips, turning the zucchini and slicing on 4 sides only until you see the center seeds. Discard the centers.

3. Remove the tomato sauce to a bowl; no need to clean the skillet. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover, and cook until wilted, tossing often with tongs for even cooking, 8 to 10 minutes. Return the tomato sauce to the pan, add 1 tablespoon of the parsley, and season with 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cover and set aside.


1. On a plate, combine the breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, and the remaining chopped parsley. Place the egg white on a second plate. Sprinkle chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken into the egg whites, and then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat completely; set aside on a large plate or platter.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in each of two non-stick 10-inch skillets over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken to each skillet and cook until lightly browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip, and cook until chicken is firm, and lightly browned on the other side, 2 to 3 more minutes. (5-6 minutes total)

3. To serve, rewarm the zucchini in the tomato sauce over medium heat. Use tongs to make a “twist” of zucchini pappardelle on each of four plates. Lean chicken cutlets against the side of zucchini. Scoop 1 tablespoon ricotta onto each plate, and spoon remaining tomato sauce on top of the chicken. To garnish each plate, drizzle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Parmesan.

See more: Chicken, Cheese, Italian, North American, Healthy, Low-Fat


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