Baked Chicken Parmesan
There is something about breaded chicken covered in a tangy marinara sauce and melted cheese that hits all of my food love high notes.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
- 5 chicken breasts large, skinless, boneless, trimmed
- 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese whole milk, good quality
- 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more for chicken
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper plus more for chicken
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 cups marinara sauce
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Position oven rack to center position. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a shallow bowl, stir together the panko bread crumbs, 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside.
Cut each chicken breast into half lengthwise. (10 cutlets) Using a kitchen mallet, pound each cutlet into an even thickness. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.
Place a slice of mozzarella near the center of each chicken cutlet. Starting with the small end of the chicken, wrap the chicken over the cheese into a roll. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat until all are rolled.
Brush all sides of the chicken rolls with melted butter. Place the roll in the bread crumb mixture. Use your hands to coat all sides. Transfer each coated chicken piece onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes uncovered, or until the juices of the chicken are clear.
Remove from oven and top evenly with marinara, reserving some sauce for serving. Top with more mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven for 5 minutes uncovered until the cheese is melted and golden.
Serve hot with additional parmesan cheese and marinara sauce.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 1.5mg