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Did you know that March is nutrition month? This Baked Chicken Parmigiana from Manitoba Chicken Producers More Cooking with Manitoba Chicken cookbook checks all the boxes for me in the nutrition department:
- It covers all four food groups
- It`s a lean source of protein
- It`s baked instead of fried
This recipe is also amazing for meal prep:
- It`s a virtually hands-free recipe
- You can use store-bought shortcuts to save time
- Your kids can help prepare this recipe
- You can serve it with a variety of sides
- You can serve it in a few different ways
- It’s also a take-out fake-out recipe so you can save some money on dining out
Baked Chicken Parmigiana Components
The main components of this recipe are breaded chicken, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Traditionally it is fried, but you can achieve the same result by baking it. A few tips to ensure that the breaded chicken stays crispy are to bread it just before cooking and to ensure that your chicken breasts are well-spaced out on the baking sheet. This allows the breading to crisp up instead of steaming, which results in a soggy breading.
Food waste/Money-saving tip: Make your own breadcrumbs! Save bread ends and leftover buns in a freezer bag. Once the bag is full, dry them out in the oven at 300°F. Drying time will depend on the size of the pieces. Let cool completely, then grind in a food processor. Store extra breadcrumbs in the freezer.
Meal Prep Strategies
I love this breaded chicken parmesan because I can combine the breadcrumbs, herbs and spices beforehand to save a few minutes. Add the parmesan cheese to the breadcrumb mixture and you can store it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it!
Baking it in the oven is a hands-free cooking technique that allows me to do other things while it`s cooking, like reading with my kids, emptying the dishwasher or prepping a future meal. Using some store-bought shortcuts like jarred marinara and shredded mozzarella also saves prep time, which is great for busy weeknights.
Be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. Boneless and bone-in pieces, as well as ground chicken patties are fully cooked when a probe inserted in the thickest part of the piece reads 165°F or 74°C. Download this card to keep in your kitchen for quick reference.
Deconstructing this Recipe for Kids
For kids who aren’t foods touching each other (chicken + sauce +cheese) simply deconstruct it and serve all of the components separately. They might also enjoy dipping the chicken in the sauce and sprinkling the cheese on themselves.
How to Serve Baked Chicken Parmigiana
My favorite way to serve this is with browned butter noodles and a side Caesar salad. You can really make any side that you like. Spaghetti with extra marinara, garden salad, roasted broccoli…Anything goes here!
Another fun way to serve this is to make a chicken parmesan sandwich! Toast up some ciabatta buns, butter them with garlic butter and top them with the saucy, cheesy chicken and eat it sandwich-style. I have also tried making this as a burger using ground chicken. Form some patties and bread them, then bake them!
Do you want to try this recipe? Download a PDF version of More Cooking with Manitoba Chicken here for 5 easy recipes or email ConsumerRelations@chicken.mb.ca with your mailing address and we will mail you a booklet!