This week, I am sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes – Chicken Parmesan. Traditionally, this dish is battered, then fried in oil and topped with tomato sauce and a mound of mozzarella cheese. While your taste buds may disagree, this dish is not the most physique friendly. Here, I will provide the Fit Chef version of this classic dish which packs almost identical taste while eliminating the excess fat, making it a more suitable muscle friendly meal.
Here is the nutrient breakdown for a 3oz. piece of traditionally prepared Chicken Parmesan:
Traditional Chicken Parmesan: 420 Calories
Fit Chef’s Chicken Parmesan
Makes: 4 Servings
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 ea. egg white, separated into its own bowl and set aside
1 oz. grated parmesan cheese (mixed into breadcrumbs)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast; cut into 4 oz. portions.
Method of Preparation:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- To make the breading mixture, combine the breadcrumbs and shredded parmesan cheese into a bowl.
- First, dip the chicken into the egg white, then coat with breading mixture.
- Place each coated breast on a sheet pan lined with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven & top each cutlet with a spoonful of tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired, and bake for 5 more minutes.
These cutlets are easy to make and simple to store; in fact, you can even multiply the recipe and freeze them for later use. They will come in handy the next time you ask yourself “What’s for Lunch?”
The Fit Chef