2.28.2012

Healthy Chicken Parmesan & Side Caprese Salad

With all this great weather going around, I have been craving light, summery foods.  One of my favorite things to eat in the summer is a Caprese Salad with homegrown tomatoes and fresh basil!  I went to Pennsylvania Macaroni (my favorite Italian store) this past weekend and picked up some goodies!  Since I bought extras of everything, I figured I would try a healthy version of Chicken Parmesan.

Even though it's not breaded, it was really good because all of the ingredients were so fresh!

I baked the chicken first (without toppings).   Once it was done, I topped it with the sauce and cheese and broiled it...turned out perfectly!  This would also be great with pasta on the side, or a nice hunk of Italian bread!  I included my "recipe" for the Caprese Salad, although it is pretty standard.

Mangia!


Healthy Chicken Parmesan
Recipe & Photos by halftomatohalfpotato
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-garlic salt & pepper (for seasoning)
-1 cup of marinara sauce (i like a little extra so the chicken doesn't get dry)
-1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese (you can use any mozzarella; shredded, sliced, etc)
-1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS
-Preheat oven to 375ºF
-Season chicken breasts with garlic salt & pepper and place in a baking dish, sprayed with non-stick
 cooking spray
-Bake chicken breasts about 30 minutes, or until cooked through
-Remove chicken from oven and turn broiler on high
-Top each chicken breast with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese
-Broil for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly
-Remove from broiler, top with fresh basil and serve!

Caprese Salad

INGREDIENTS
-tomatoes (I like homegrown, but used cherry tomatoes this time)
-fresh mozzarella balls (I used the small balls)
-fresh basil, chopped
-salt & pepper (to taste)
-high quality olive oil

DIRECTIONS
-In a small bowl, mix together tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil
-Season with salt & pepper
-Drizzle olive oil over everything and serve!














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