Chicken Parmesan Bake

I really want to like this dish, because it’s so easy, and I love chicken parmesan.  It’s easy because all you do is layer the food into the casserole dish and bake it in the oven. The thing I like most about chicken parmesan is the crunchy breaded topping that coats the chicken. Some of the croutons got soggy in the tomato sauce, and I didn’t like that. That’s the only thing, that I didn’t like about this dish. Maybe, I didn’t use enough cheese on top of the tomato sauce, so that the croutons didn’t get soaked in the marinara sauce?

Anyways… I saw this dish floating around on pinterest for the last 2 weeks and thought I’d give it a try. It was just so, so. Don’t know if I’d make it again. It’s ok to not like everything you make. :) I really liked the part of using croutons for the bread crumbs. Maybe, I’ll pulverize some of those in the food processor and use that as a bread coating next time?

To cut out the fat, season your chicken breast with garlic powder instead, to get rid of the fat in the olive oil. Only use two tablespoons of parmesan cheese instead of 4 oz, which is 1/2 a cup.

Chiken breasts, I cut mine in half cause they were kind of thick.

Mix olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper on the bottom of a baking dish.

Layer the chicken on top of the olive oil and garlic.

Next the tomato sauce, basil (I used dried), and cheese.

After the tomato layer, add the croutons, and another layer of cheese.

The final product.

Calories 336 | Fat 13.19g | Carbohydrate 22.15g | Fiber 2.5g | Protein 31.61g (With no olive oil and less parmesan cheese)

Serves 6:

Points Plus: 9

Ingredients: from Food Wishes Video Recipes

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 5, but they were huge!)
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Directions:

Layer each ingredient starting with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.