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Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

I saw Fool Proof Living's recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan and knew I had to try it; If I can get crispy goodness without having to use a fryer, then I'm sold!  I must admit that I used a store bought marinara sauce to save time. But the chicken parmesan tasted great when all the components were brought together!

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups panko
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 oz. (1/2 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grounded
  • 11/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1tablespoon water
  • 3 large skinless chicken breasts, sliced into cutlets
  • 3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 bottle of your favorite marinara sauce
    • Fool Proof has a tomato sauce recipe if you want to make your own!

Oven: 350 degrees
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes or until chicken has fully cooked through.

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We'll start off prepping the Panko. Place the Panko and olive oil in a large skillet and cook until golden brown. This requires almost constant stirring as the Panko is just waiting to burn. Fool Proof's recipe said to stir for around 9-10 minutes but I was done in around 7. Set it aside to cool.

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I started off with chicken breasts so I tenderized them and cut them into cutlets. 

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Now to prep the chicken coating! Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 

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Next place the egg whites and water in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

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Finally stir in the parmesan to the (now cooled) panko. 

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Pat each chicken cutlet dry and then we're ready to start putting the chicken in!  Right before we do that, take out either a:

  • Rimmed baking sheet covered with tinfoil across the top. Place a greased wire rack on top.
  • Pan covered with tinfoil on the top. As you might see, I couldn't find my wire rack for this and had to improvise.
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For dipping the chicken you'll want to:

  • Coat the chicken in the flour. Shake off the excess.
  • Dredge the chicken in the egg mixture, letting the excess egg drip off.
  • Coat the chicken in the Panko-parmesan mix.

Set the chicken on the wire rack or in the pan after. Once done I took the leftover panko mixture and sprinkled it on top of the chicken.

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Now it's time to bake! Place it in the oven for 15 minutes. 

Note: if you used a pan instead of the wire rack + sheet, I cooked the chicken for 20 minutes and flipped each piece over at the 10 minute mark to ensure both sides got crispy.

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Remove it from the oven and add 2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each cutlet.

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Next add 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese to each piece. I looooove mozzarella cheese so I just put a bunch of slices on.

Return the dish to the oven to bake for the remaining 5 minutes (or until the chicken is done and the cheese has melted).

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Once out you can sprinkle parmesan cheese and ribbons of basil for serving.

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I also tried out an Asian Green bean recipe as our veggie portion. 

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There you have it! Oven baked parmesan chicken. Now that I've found my trusty wire rack I have it on the list to try this recipe again! It being well received at the dinner table always helps too. ;P

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