Heartburn-Friendly Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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Total Time 60 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 45 min
Yield 4 servings Chicken Parmesan

Love Chicken Parmesan but hate the burn your old recipe causes? For many people, the spices and higher fat content of the traditional recipe can trigger their heartburn. This heartburn-friendly version of Baked Chicken Parmesan can be a safe alternative to an old favorite.

This is a fast and easy recipe, taking all of about 1 hour from start to finish, making it a great option on a busy weeknight. If your family craves more traditional Chicken Parmesan recipes, see the section below, after the recipe directions.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated good-quality Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of Italian seasoning
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly coat a baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons grated good-quality Parmesan cheese (not the stuff in a can), a dash of Italian seasoning, and a dash of salt. Mix well.
  4. Lay 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been patted dry on a plate and coat them with 4 teaspoons olive oil.
  5. Dredge chicken breasts on both sides in the bread-crumb mixture. Transfer to the baking dish.
  1. Sprinkle any remaining bread-crumb mixture over the chicken.
  2. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes, or until done.

More about Traditional Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan sounds like a recipe straight out of Italy, doesn't it? Well, despite its name and ingredients—tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese—it actually originated in the United States.

Italian-American communities developed recipes resembling the foods of their homeland. Thus, immigrants from Parma, Italy, came up with this chicken dish. Parmigiana means “in the style of Parma." Today’s idea of Parmesan-esque recipes means something that is breaded and baked, sauced and cheesed.

Despite its stateside history, chicken Parmesan recipes are rooted in Italy. Consider its cousin Melanzana alla Parmigiana, or Eggplant Parmesan. It's a toss up as to where this dish originated. Most Italian food pundits say it's one of two places—the northern region of Parma or in southern Italy where eggplants grow plentifully.

 

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