My parents were coming and I needed something quick and easy for dinner. I already had a batch of sauce that I made earlier in the week. So I ran to the store and picked up some boneless chicken breasts.
I'm calling this "Naked" Chicken Parm because I'm leaving the chicken bread-less. I often wondered why Chicken Parm HAD to be made with a deep fried breaded piece of chicken. Then I realized, hey, I'm making the rules here. It's my kitchen and I'm not making it that way anymore.
Glad I did! It was a hit. Everyone liked it except the toddler. When I asked him why he said... "Cause it has sauce on it." Being Italian my mom almost fell off her chair. My son doesn't like sauce, it's kind of hysterical as its the husbands favorite. It's a phase, he'll get over it. Actually he's been especially picky these last few weeks. He ate better at 2 then 3!
- 4 boneless chicken breast with all visible fat removed
- ¾ cup sauce (I used my homemade)
- 2-3 ounces part-skim Mozzarella cheese
- dried parsley
- Kosher Salt & Pepper
preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Lay the chicken breast on a sheet of saran wrap. Top with another sheet and bang away! You want to thin the chicken out to about ½ inch.
You can use a meat mallet or rolling pin as my eager little assistance demonstrates. 🙂
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and spray with non-stick spray. Season both sides of the chicken with a bit of a Kosher Salt and Pepper. Once the pan is hot add the chicken breast. Don't crowd the pan, do them in batches if you have to. Flip after 3 minutes and cook for another 3 minutes.
At this point the chicken isn't done. Remove from the heat and place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Top the chicken with a bit of sauce and cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until chicken is done (no more pink when you cut in half.)
I served with a side of whole wheat spaghetti and garlic sauteed with olive oil and garlic. SO YUMMY!
As for the nutrition information it will vary on the size of your breast and how much cheese and sauce you use. The one pictured is about 7oz with about ½ oz of cheese. I'd count it as 8-9 points. After I snapped the picture I gave half to my step-father and enjoyed my (approx) 10 point chicken parm with broccoli and spaghetti meal. 🙂