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Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken


This Parmesan Chicken Cutlets recipe is a quick and easy dinner option that’s both delicious and healthy.

Looking for a healthy, quick, and easy dinner option? Parmesan chicken is a great choice! Not only is it low carb, but it’s also packed with protein and full of flavor. It’s also really simple to make.

This dish is made just a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s made with boneless skinless chicken breast, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, and pepper.

While the dish is traditionally served with spaghetti and marinara sauce, this version is lighter to make it WW friendly.

This is a quick and easy 30 minute dinner idea you will make over and over again. So next time you’re looking for an easy dinner idea, give parmesan chicken a try!

Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Recipe on a white plate with an orange slice.

Why You’ll Love This Parmesan Chicken Cutlets Recipe

This Parmesan Chicken Cutlets recipe is a delightful dish that’s sure to become a favorite in your household.

Here’s why you’ll love it:

Crispy and Flavorful: The chicken cutlets are coated in a crispy, golden layer of Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs, giving them a deliciously crunchy texture and a burst of savory flavor with every bite.

Quick and Easy: This recipe is simple and quick to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights. In just a few steps, you’ll have a tasty and satisfying meal ready to enjoy.

Healthy and Light: The recipe uses lean chicken breasts and a light coating, making it a healthy option for those watching their calorie intake. It’s a great way to enjoy a tasty meal without feeling guilty.

Family-Friendly: These chicken cutlets are a hit with both kids and adults. The mild, cheesy flavor and crispy coating make them a favorite for picky eaters and a crowd-pleaser for family dinners.

Versatile: Parmesan Chicken Cutlets can be served in various ways – with a side of veggies, on a bed of salad, or in a sandwich. The versatility of this dish makes it easy to pair with your favorite sides and enjoy in different ways.

Delicious and Satisfying: The combination of tender chicken and crispy Parmesan coating makes this dish both delicious and satisfying. It’s a wholesome meal that leaves you feeling full and happy.

This Parmesan Chicken Cutlets recipe offers a perfect blend of flavor, ease, and healthiness, making it an ideal choice for any mealtime. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or your family, you’ll love the simplicity and deliciousness of this dish.


Weight Watchers Points


3 Points (2022/2024 Plan)

MyWW Points: 2 Blue Plan and 3 Green Plan

2 WW Freestyle Points and 3 Smart Points

Tips and Tricks

Ensuring Even Coating

For an even coating, pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels before dipping them into the cheese and breadcrumb mixture. This helps the coating adhere better to the chicken.

Crispier Coating

For a crispier texture, lightly spray the coated chicken breasts with cooking spray before baking. This helps achieve a golden, crispy crust.

Tender and Juicy Chicken

To ensure the chicken remains tender and juicy, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F. This prevents overcooking and drying out the chicken.

Enhanced Flavor

For extra flavor, marinate the chicken breasts in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite herbs for at least 30 minutes before coating and baking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables, a fresh green salad, or over a bed of pasta for a complete meal. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness.

Storage and Reheating

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through to maintain the crispy texture. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the coating soggy.

Freezing Tips

To freeze, allow the cooked chicken to cool completely, then wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven from frozen at 375 degrees F until hot and crispy.


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Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Recipe on a white plate with an orange slice.

Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken

Nesting Lane
Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Cutlets Recipe – A quick and easy 30 dinner idea. 2 WW Freestyle Points and 3 Smart Points
4.96 from 265 votes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and seasonings; mix well.
  • Dip each chicken breast in mixture, fully coating
  • Place on nonstick baking sheet.
  • Bake approx 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.

Notes

3 Points (2022/2024 Plan)
MyWW Points: 2 Blue Plan and 3 Green Plan
2 WW Freestyle Points and 3 Smart Points
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way. Double check points on their official calculator.
Refrigerating leftovers: Cool the chicken completely before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last for up to 3-4 days.
Reheating for best results: While the microwave is convenient, reheating in the oven or on a skillet can help maintain the coating’s texture. Lightly cover with foil if using the oven, or add a splash of water in the skillet to prevent drying out.

Nutrition

Serving: 124gCalories: 172.9kcalCarbohydrates: 3.3gProtein: 27.1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 78.2mgSodium: 294.1mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3g
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Helpful Tips and Tricks

Baking to Perfection:

Non-stick is key: A non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper can prevent sticking and make cleanup easier. If you’re looking for a crispier bottom, consider placing a wire rack on your baking sheet and arranging the chicken on the rack.

Don’t overcrowd: Space the chicken breasts out on the baking sheet. Crowding can cause them to steam rather than bake, affecting the texture of the coating.

Perfect internal temperature: The safest way to make sure your chicken is fully cooked without being dry is to use a meat thermometer. Chicken is safe to eat once the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast for an accurate reading.

Serving Suggestions:

Rest before serving: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute, making for a juicier bite.

Pairing: This dish goes beautifully with a variety of sides. Consider serving it with a light salad, roasted vegetables, or even spiralized zucchini noodles for a low-carb option.

Storage and Leftovers:

Refrigerating leftovers: Cool the chicken completely before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating for best results: While the microwave is convenient, reheating in the oven or on a skillet can help maintain the coating’s texture. Lightly cover with foil if using the oven, or add a splash of water in the skillet to prevent drying out.

Adjusting for Dietary Needs:

Gluten-Free Adjustments: If you need to keep this recipe gluten-free, substitute the breadcrumbs with a gluten-free alternative or crushed gluten-free cereal for a similar texture.


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7 Comments

  1. This looks delicious. But I’m confused about the servings. How can 1/4 lb of chicken breast serve 4 people?

    • Nesting Lane

      Hi Becca,
      It is supposed to be 1 lbs per 4 servings. (4) 1/4 lbs chicken breasts. I fixed it! So sorry about that!

  2. Becca Miller

    5 stars
    Delish!

  3. Can leftovers be reheated?

    • Nesting Lane

      Yes, you can reheat it. I place it on a baking sheet, and heat in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 7 or 8 minutes, or until it’s heated through.

  4. Linda Dunning

    I made this and it was really good. Very easy. I didn’t have Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs. So, I mixed a healthy Tbl of dry Italian dressing into the crumbs. I will most definitely make this again.

  5. This was delish!! I have already made this multiple tomes <3

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