Baked Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

This is a simple and healthier alternative to the classic chicken parmesan. If you do not have fresh mozzarella cheese, use the prepackaged kind. Serve with a side of pasta and round it out with Sautéed Spinach with Garlic or a salad and it will be a family favorite or can feed a crowd. If you are making the Easy Marinara Sauce, you will need to add an extra time to allow the sauce to simmer.

Ingredients

1 lb. of chicken scaloppini, or thinly sliced chicken – 4 pieces
½ cup of fine bread crumbs seasoned if desired or panko bread crumbs
½ cup of parmesan cheese
¼ cup of toasted wheat germ (Optional, but is a great source of many vitamins.)
½ cup of Egg Beaters or 1 – 2 eggs beaten
½ cup of Easy Marinara Sauce or your favorite marinara sauce
4 oz. of fresh mozzarella cheese cut into 4 thin slices

Technique

Make Easy Marinara Sauce if using. Mix bread crumbs, cheese and wheat germ. Dip chicken into the egg mixture, then into dry mixture and place on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on size and thickness of chicken. Remove from oven and spread about 1 – 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce over chicken and place a slice of mozzarella cheese on each piece of chicken. Place back into oven and cook for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve family style or plated and enjoy!

Suggested Beverage

Try Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Veronese (Italy), Masi Modello Delle Venezie (Italy), Farnese Sangiovese (Italy) or Rodney Strong Pinot Noir (California).

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