• 1 1/2 C. Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 C. Flour
  • 1 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 T. water
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and cut into halves (4 pieces total)
  • 5 C. marinara sauce, warmed
  • about 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Hello awesome chicken Parmesan. I saw this recipe on Annie Eats today while searching for tonight’s dinner. I obviously don’t have a menu planned out for the week :/ (slacker). I used spaghetti sauce that I had in the freezer from the last batch that I made. You can use any marinara sauce that you want. It’s the chicken that makes it. Once again, these Panko breadcrumbs are awesome. Why does it seem like they just started becoming popular? We never had any meal with Panko in it as a kid!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475. Combine the breadcrumbs and oil in a 12-inch skillet and toast over medium heat until golden, stirring often, about 10 minutes.  Spread the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and allow to cool slightly; when cool, stir in the Parmesan.

In a second shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, 1 T. salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper together. In a third shallow dish whisk together the egg whites and water.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with vegetable oil spray.  Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge each chicken piece in the flour to coat completely, shaking off the excess.  Then dip into the egg whites and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture.  Press on the breadcrumbs to make sure they adhere.  Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and feels firm when pressed with a finger, about 15 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the oven.  Spoon 2 T. of marinara sauce over the top of each piece of chicken and top with 2 T. of the shredded mozzarella.  Return the chicken to the oven and continue to bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 min.  Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve as desired, with extra Parmesan and marinara sauce.