This Meal is Quick AND Tasty!

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The food I have the most difficultly trying to resist is pasta.

Specifically chicken parm, but if you’ve been reading this blog then you know I like to adapt my favorite foods to my current diet.

Right now I’ve cut out pasta, so while I can still have the chicken part of the parm I don’t want to miss out on my favorite part of the dish!

Thankfully someone absolutely genius created zoodles so I don’t have to feel deprived!

It can be ready in about 20 minutes with very minimal prep, it only requires 7 simple ingredients, and it’s healthy.

Meaning: let’s just acknowledge that for many of us, this is real-food focused and veg-friendly enough (that’s zucchini on that plate!) to feel like a good, solid, wholesome Monday dinner with protein and veggies annnnd also still cheesy and saucy and golden brown crispy enough to still be delicious.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups DeLallo Creamy Vodka tomato sauce (or any tomato sauce – but that vodka sauce is YUMMY)
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 zucchinis

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the breadcrumbs, panko, and Parmesan in a shallow dish with the Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  2. Fry: Cut the chicken breasts into a total of four pieces (for example, if there are two breasts, cut each in half – pound them a little thinner and wider if you want) and dredge the chicken in the breadcrumbs so that they stick all over the surface of the chicken. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. You want the outside to be golden brown – the inside can finish cooking in the oven.
  3. Bake: Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Add the sauce and place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each piece of chicken. Return to the oven for a few more minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.
  4. Finish: While the chicken finishes, cut the zucchini into thin shreds or use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Serve the chicken and sauce over the raw zucchini noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.

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