Healthy Chicken Parmesan

This delicious and healthy baked chicken parmesan meal will please the whole family and totally satisfy your chicken parmesan cravings!

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan | This delicious and healthy baked chicken parmesan meal will please the whole family and totally satisfy your chicken parmesan cravings! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Alright.  So chicken parmesan is incredible, right?

Tender chicken, vibrant tomato sauce, luscious breading.  All slathered with a giant slice of mozzarella and some parmesan cheese.  Ooh, baby…maybe even deep fried!

The Lacey who used to eat anything LOVED chicken parmesan.  Serious.

Glass bowls of dried oregano, thyme, basil, sea salt, almond meal, chickpea flour, black pepper, and garlic powder used to make the breading in the healthy baked chicken Parmesan recipe A bowl of all the herbs and ingredients used to make the healthy gluten-free coating for the healthy chicken Parmesan dish

Add some delicious low fiber and high carb noodles and I was there.  Like for days.

But, then, I realized I needed to eat healthier.  And cleaner.

I realized just how much junk I was putting into my body.  All the extra weight I was gaining.  All the fatigue I felt.  All the self-doubt.

But chicken parmesan…

Chicken breast coated in breading mixture, ready to be cooked in a skillet to make the healthy baked chicken Parmesan dish Four pieces of chicken breast covered in healthy almond meal breading and cooking in a skillet, ready to be baked to make the healthy chicken Parmesan dish

Okay, so how do we fix this?  How do we eat healthy, maintain a clean lifestyle, AND still enjoy the foods we love…like chicken parmesan?

Is it EVEN possible??

Yes, my friends, it so is possible.  And, believe it or not…it’s actually pretty darn easy to eat healthy and still enjoy your food.

And, when I say food, I totes mean chicken parmesan.

Healthy baked chicken parmesan covered in a thick tomato sauce, simmering in a skillet and ready to be served on a plate of zucchini noodles Healthy baked chicken Parmesan placed atop a bed of zucchini noodles, ready to be served and enjoyed

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Healthy

So, how do we do this?  How do we make a healthy chicken parmesan recipe?

Well, first, you start with the breading.  Regular chicken parmesan uses breading that uses refined all-purpose flour and white breadcrumbs.

Now, if the clean eating angel on your shoulder just whispered in your ear that those foods aren’t close to clean, give yourself a pat on the back.  You rock.

Yep, THOSE foods are not clean, are not unrefined, and – thus – really don’t do much in the way of providing your body with the nutrition it needs to thrive.

So: replace it.

Super easy, right?  Replace the all-purpose flour with chickpea flour – which will give you high fiber, high protein, and unrefined goodness.  And replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal – which will give you even more fiber, more protein, and other essential nutrition.

See?  Cooking a healthy chicken parmesan dish is so dang easy.

Close up of the healthy baked chicken Parmesan dish, accompanied with zucchini noodles A serving of healthy baked chicken Parmesan and a forkful of zucchini noodles, ready to be enjoyed

Next, we can’t deep fry this chicken or add a ton of cheese.  It’s okay..take a deep breath – you’re gonna be okay.

Instead, we’re gonna bake the chicken and add a touch of parmesan for flavor. Baking the chicken means less hassle, less oil, less saturated fats, and a healthier dish overall.

How Long Do You Cook Chicken Parmesan?

Think making chicken parmesan is hard?  Think again – it’s so easy!  All you need to do is:

  1. Coat chicken with seasonings and healthy flours
  2. Cook the chicken on both sides until browned
  3. Pour over the tomato sauce and sprinkle some parmesan cheese over
  4. Cover the pan in foil
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 500 degrees F for just 10 minutes
  6. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese has melted through.
  7. DEVOUR!

Trust me – you wont even know it’s actually good for you and you can continue living your awesome clean lifestyle AND still enjoy your healthy chicken parmesan.

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

What Goes With Chicken Parmesan?

If you’d like to add noodles for old time’s sake and, well because: NOODLES, try making your own zucchini noodles with a Spiralizer, too.  You can go here to see how to make zucchini noodles if you’d like (spoiler: it’s super easy).

Here are some great healthy options for what to serve with your healthy baked chicken parmesan:

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Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan | Clean. Gluten-Free. Easy. Healthy baked chicken parmesan. | asweetpeachef.com
Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This delicious and healthy baked chicken parmesan meal will please the whole family and totally satisfy your chicken parmesan cravings!

Categories: Clean, Easy Weeknight Dinner, gluten free, Healthy Recipe, One Pot Meal
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: healthy baked chicken, healthy chicken parmesan, healthy chicken parmesan recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 345 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 25- oz tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond meal, chickpea flour, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Now, dredge the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the seasoned almond meal mixture and then shake off any excess.
  4. Heat olive oil in large oven-safe skillet over high heat.
  5. Add the coated chicken and sear until golden-brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. We aren’t looking to cook through, just get a nice golden crust on the chicken.
  6. Pour the tomato sauce over and around the browned chicken.
  7. Sprinkle a little grated parmesan over each chicken breast.
  8. Cover with tin foil and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Then, remove the tin foil, and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes, until the cheese melts and the chicken is cooked through.

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Recipe Notes

Instead of the usual high carb, low fiber pasta, try serving this parmesan with steamed zucchini noodles, too! It’s a great combo.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (1 breast)
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 2014mg84%
Potassium 1139mg33%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 14.6mg18%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 5.6mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

66 thoughts on “Healthy Chicken Parmesan

  1. 5 stars
    After using your Chicken Parmesan recipe my husband told me throw out the other recipes I have used for Chicken Parm. We love, love your recipe and it is the only one I use now! Thanks!

  2. Well this recipe was perfect timing! I bought chicken today in hopes of making chicken parmesan for tomorrow’s dinner!!! How is that for coincidence??
    Thanks Lacey!!

    Pam 🙂

  3. Hi! I found you on pinterest and tried this recipe last night. My husband and kids loved it, needless to say, I will make this again and again. I thought you should know since you are the chef! Blessings to you and your family!

  4. I’m 100% cooking illiterate. Baking, yes, totally. Actual food? Not so much. Thank you so much for this recipe! I did a test run tonight, and I’m taking this to my friend’s house next weekend to make for one of our friend’s birthday dinner!

  5. Update!! It was AMAZING!!! Better than the stuff I’ve had in restaurants! And it got the seal of approval from my boyfriend! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  6. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! My family of five loves this…which is hard to do. We have a few picky eaters. I actually made this over Christmas when family got together. 20 people and EVERYONE loved it! Pretty great! I doubled the sauce, because that is a favorite and paired it with Fettuccine! Again, thanks so much. It is literally our families favorite recipe!

  7. Found this on foodgawker. Tweaked it with some heat- red pepper flake in the breaking. Such an user-friendly recipe and turned out super tasty. Thanks!

  8. I found your recipe through Pinterest, and it just looked amazing. I made it for dinner the other night, and it was soooooo good! By far my favorite chicken parm recipe!
    Thank you for sharing!

  9. I’ve made this twice now and both times it’s SOOOO good! I use Rao’s pasta sauce but other than that it’s the same. I’ll make this again and again. Thanks so much!!

  10. I use those mini toaster ovens that only go up to 425 or 450 degrees. How long will I have to bake the chicken with those temperatures?

  11. Hi there! I love the look fo this recipe and I cannot wait to make it for my friends and family. I just wanted to ask, how many people does this recipe serve?

  12. Just made this for dinner tonight! Simple recipe (mine came out amazing and my cooking skills are limited to instant mashed potatoes hehe
    ), and very yummy ! Thanks for sharing..

  13. This was yummy! I like and appreciate your recipes for the step-by-step directions and photos depicting the sight along the way. My cooking skills are steadily improving but are still novice and the pictures work as a safety net and story/directions written as a chat, feels as if a cordial chill, which makes cooking fun and relaxed. Thanks for sharing.!..

  14. I found your recipe on Foodgawker so I decided to try it out.. So glad I did.. This was DELISH!! Thanks for Sharing. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes 🙂

  15. As I was making this, my daughter saw the tomatoe sauce and immediately refused to eat dinner with us!! As the chicken was in the oven she comes back to the kitchen and is like “What smells so good?” Once it was ready I gave her a bite to try and she absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it was a huge hit with my daughter and she is the pickiest person I know. Needless to say, it came out super delicious!!

    1. YES!! Thanks so much for sharing this, Dulce. Nothing makes me happier than to read picky eaters –especially kids! — loving the recipes I share. I’m so glad it all worked out 🙂

  16. Found this on Foodgawker.com. I am making this for dinner tonight! I will be using jarred tomato sauce because I dont have time to make my own.

  17. What side do you typically make with this meal? Do you serve it with pasta, over pasta, or something else? Thanks – sorry for the silly question!

    1. Update: Delicious!! I’ve made it twice and the second time I flattened out the chicken and then coated it. Yum! I had even more of the incredible breading. So great!! Thanks again!

  18. Found ur website when I had googled spaghetti sauce and I’m so glad I found it, this was the first recipe I tried. I had my fingers crossed, my husbands very critical of anything italian, his late grandmother was italian, making him a quarter and I have tried a couple homemade sauces but nothing measured up, but after making this, I got a very good from him, which was amazing! I thought this tasted like restaurant quality, I can’t wait to try more of ur recipes, thanks so much for this one!

  19. I have made a version of this dish from Americas test kitchen for the last few years. It has now been replaced by this one. Loved the tomato sauce, added a bit of pesto as suggested. Very yummy!

  20. Thanks, thats very useful to know! I admit to being a bit of a failure in the kitchen, but I’m trying my best to learn. Admitting iis the first step right!? I promised to cook something for my wife this weekend for the first time – very exciting! I found some really simple recipe at this website, seems to be designed exactly for me, which is fantastic! Anyway, thanks for your tips, I’ll be sure to subscribe to your site to read more.

  21. I just made this for dinner and it was FABULOUS! I had altered it to be gluten free and I was so happy with the results! Can’t wait to make it again!

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