Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cheesy Chicken Breasts with Tomato and Zucchini #Recipe by Author Denise Swanson

Being half Italian, I love a good chicken Parmesan, but making a healthy version has been a challenge. Especially since I want it inexpensive and tasty as well. Then I stumble across this recipe, and with a few tweaks, it satisfied all my requirements. (Granted there's no Parmesan) Add a simple green salad and garlic-rubbed toasted bread slices and you have a light summer meal.

1 ounce white flour (about 1/4 cup)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
4 small chicken breasts (pounded thin)
5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 Cooking spray
 3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
 1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini (about 1 medium)
 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
 2 garlic cloves, minced
Homemade or bottle marinara sauce
12 ounces of pasta (prepare according to package
 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)

Preheat broiler with oven rack in middle position. Place flour, egg, and breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour; dip in egg, and dredge in breadcrumbs.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add 2 breasts; cook 1 minute on each side. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining breasts. 

Top chicken with cheese; broil 1 1/2 minutes. Heat remaining oil in skillet. 

Add zucchini; sauté 1 minute. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. 

Place chicken on top of past, spoon zucchini and tomatoes on top of the the chicken, and cover with marinara sauce.
Serve with chicken, and top with basil (optional).



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  1. My family and I like chicken parm. But it requires too many preparatory steps to suit me.
    So, I thought about it and reduced it to it's essence: chicken tomato sauce, cheese.
    I layer a baking dish (pre-sprayed for ease in cleaning) with some tomato sauce ( marinara, or whatever strikes my fancy). In go the chicken breasts (boneless for speed) with a dusting of garlic and Italian spices. Over that I sometime sprinkle some Panko crumbs, but not always. Then some more sauce and, finally, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
    Bake and enjoy. My grown son likes this better than regular chicken Parmesan.

  2. I like all the colors in this dish. So pretty & tasty.