Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Serves: 4

Trade your usual chicken breasts for tenders in this easy recipe and you can have saucy and cheesy chicken Parmesan on the table in 20 minutes. Now that's how you avoid the weeknight dinner rut!

Dovetailing Tips: Purchase,or defrost an additional 1 1/4 pound of chichen tenders to be used day 4 in Mexican Chicken Tenders.

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ounce one 24- jar good-quality marinara sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large egg whites , lightly beaten
1 1/2 pound chicken tenders
12 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella


Preheat the broiler to medium. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Combine the marinara sauce and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, half the Parmesan, half the parsley and some salt and pepper. Put the beaten egg whites in a separate shallow dish. Coat the chicken tenders in the egg whites first, then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Pour the tomato sauce over the chicken, scatter the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan evenly over top and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta. Serve with the chicken and garnish with the remaining parsley.


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