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Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Thin-sliced chicken cutlets breaded with zero-carb pork panko, and finished off with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Delicious and easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, easy
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • 2 ordinary pie plates (or shallow bowls)
  • A baking sheet, greased OR lined with baking parchment

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces (1 1/2 cups) pork panko
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • grinds of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 thin-sliced chicken breast cutlets
  • 1/2 cup (or slightly more) tomato sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese -- enough for a modest sprinkling over each cutlet
  • Garnish: basil leaves cut into thin strips

Instructions

  • Center the oven rack; preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the eggs in a pie plate. In a separate pie plate, combine the panko, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Dip each cutlet first in the beaten eggs, then in the panko mixture. Press down on each cutlet to insure the panko adheres. Transfer the cutlets to a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and drizzle the cutlets with a little extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is done and the panko crisps and browns slightly -- usually 20 minutes. Don't overcook the chicken!
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Spoon a tablespoon or two of the tomato sauce over each cutlet, and spread it out with the back of the spoon. Then dust each cutlet with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Return the chicken to the oven, and let bake just until the cheese melts -- 2-5 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves, and serve hot over pasta, or, for the carb-conscience, with a side salad.