Learn how to make this easy healthy baked chicken parmesan for a simple and delicious meal that will be on your table in just 30 minutes.
4 small-medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (if you only have large, you can cut 2 large breasts in half lengthwise to make four smaller fillets) pounded to even thickness
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup Italian style breadcrumbs (or plain breadcrumbs mixed with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups marinara sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for topping
4 slices mozzarella cheese
8 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large baking pan.
Brush chicken on both sides with oil, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Stir together breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish and toss chicken in the breadcrumb mixture to coat on both sides. Arrange chicken on prepared baking dish.
Bake chicken for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. While chicken is cooking, combine marinara sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning, and basil in a medium sauce pan and stir over medium heat until hot throughout.
When chicken is cooked through, remove from oven and switch oven to broil. Top each chicken breasts with about 1/2 cup of marinara sauce and one slice of mozzarella cheese. Return to oven for 3-4 minutes until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown (keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn).
Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with cracked black pepper and fresh basil (optional).
** For extra crispy breading, spritz the chicken/breading with cooking spray a couple of times throughout baking or bake it on parchment paper and turn over once halfway through baking.