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Just as cheesy and kid-friendly as the original, this dump-and-bake healthy chicken Parmesan recipe is an easy dinner with no prep work! Just place all of the ingredients in one dish and let the oven do the work.

Healthy chicken parmesan on top of spaghetti on a plate

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

A lot of you share one of my biggest struggles as a home cook: preparing a single meal that can accommodate a variety of schedules and finicky eaters. By 9:00 p.m. it can feel like you’re a short-order cook at the local diner. Not good! Instead, I’ve created this lighter version of the classic Chicken Parmesan recipe. It’s a family-friendly option that appeals to everyone at the table!

Also known as Chicken Parmigiana, the traditional Italian dish is typically made with breaded, pan-fried chicken breast that’s covered in tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan, or provolone cheese. In order to maintain the rich Italian flavors of the original dish without all of the fat and calories, you’ll make this healthy chicken parmesan without breading. It’s baked in the oven — not fried — but still smothered with plenty of sauce and two different types of cheese — both mozzarella and parmesan! Serve the chicken with regular pasta, whole wheat pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles…whatever suits your diet and taste preferences.

Why this is an Easy Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • There’s no pre-cooking, breading, or slicing necessary for this quick-prep dinner — just arrange the raw ingredients in your dish!
  • The healthy chicken parmesan bakes in the oven (rather than frying in a skillet), so it’s a hands-off option for busy nights.
  • You can assemble the dish in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. Can’t beat the convenience of a make-ahead meal!

How to Make Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

As you can see in the video below, this healthy chicken parmesan recipe bakes in the oven instead of frying in a skillet! That makes it easier and better for us. Plus, since you’ll make the chicken without breading, it doesn’t get soggy in the pan. An added bonus!

Ingredients for a Quick Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Marinara sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning and basil
  • Salt and pepper

Healthy Chicken Parmesan | 1-Minute Video

Step 1: Place Ingredients in Baking Dish

Spread half of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Place the raw chicken on top, season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and pour the remaining marinara sauce over top. Cover with foil.

Step 2: Bake the Chicken Parmesan in the Oven

Bake the covered dish in a 425 degree F oven for about 20-35 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your meat).

Step 3: Add Cheese

Top the chicken with fresh mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese, return the dish to the oven (uncovered), and finish baking until the cheese is melted (about 10 more minutes). Ta-da!

What to Serve with Chicken Parmigiana

The cheesy chicken is best when served with pasta and marinara sauce. Don’t forget a side of garlic bread, too!

What Noodles for Chicken Parmesan?

This is a matter of preference, so pick your favorites! Classic options include spaghetti, angel hair, linguine or fettuccine. Penne, rigatoni or rotini will also work. If you’re looking for a healthier noodle swap, try cooked spaghetti squash, spiralized zucchini noodles, or whole wheat or grain-free pasta options.

Healthy Sides for Chicken Parmesan

Make Ahead

Assemble the dish in advance, cover with foil, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking or freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to cook the chicken, allow the dish to sit on the counter and come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before it goes into the oven. If the chicken is still really cold when you put it in the oven, you may need to increase the baking time by a few minutes. Wait to add the cheese at the end, as instructed.

Storage

Leftover baked chicken parmesan will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.

To reheat the chicken parmesan, place the chicken on a baking sheet and warm in a 350 degree oven just until heated though (about 10 minutes for small pieces of chicken). You can also warm individual servings in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. When reheating chicken, be careful not to warm it for too long or it can become overcooked, tough and dry.

Tips for the Best Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • Use the best quality, most flavorful marinara sauce. I recommend Rao’s brand sauce, which does not include any added sugar. If you prefer to make your own sauce, try this easy marinara recipe.
  • Have some extra marinara sauce on hand to serve over pasta or zucchini noodles, if desired.
  • For a quick cooking time, be sure to use smaller chicken breasts (about 4-5 ounces each) or cut your large chicken breasts in half to make chicken cutlets.
  • Allow the dish to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This will allow the sauce to thicken a bit more and the chicken will retain its juices.
  • Serve the chicken parmesan bake as a low-carb meal and skip the pasta. A side salad or some of the other healthy sides suggested are nice options.
  • Serve the cheesy baked chicken on toasted hoagie rolls to make Chicken Parm Subs.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs if you have some on hand!
Healthy baked chicken parmesan on a plate of spaghetti with fresh basil

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Square side shot of a plate of healthy chicken parmesan on a bed of pasta with marinara.

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

4.96 from 24 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 263 kcal
​​​​​​​Just as cheesy and kid-friendly as the original, this baked chicken parm is a healthier, easier twist on the classic dinner!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4-5 ounces each) or 4 thinly-sliced chicken cutlets (about 1 lb. total)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Italian seasoning, to taste
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce, divided
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella (about 4 ounces total), or sub with shredded mozzarella or a shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh basil or parsley
  • Optional, for serving: cooked pasta or toasted sandwich rolls

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy clean-up, if desired) and spritz lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Arrange the chicken on the prepared sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Rub the oil onto the chicken to coat evenly. Season the chicken on both sides with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (reaching an internal temperature of 165°F). Larger, thicker pieces of chicken will require a longer baking time.
    Chicken cutlets on a rimmed baking sheet with Italian seasoning.
  • Heat the broiler to high. Top each piece of chicken with 1-2 tablespoons of marinara sauce, a slice of mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan.
    Process shot showing how to make healthy chicken parm on a baking sheet.
  • Place the chicken under the broiler. Cook just until the cheese on top is melted and browned, about 1-2 minutes. Keep a close eye on the chicken the entire time, since it can burn quickly.
    Baked chicken parm on a sheet pan.
  • Toss the remaining marinara sauce with cooked pasta, if desired. Serve the chicken with the pasta and marinara sauce. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.
    Horizontal side shot of two bowls of healthy chicken parm on a dinner table with salad.

Notes

  • How to Store: Leftover baked chicken parmesan will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.
  • How to Reheat: Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350°F just until warmed through, about 10 minutes. You can also reheat individual portions in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece of chicken (not including optional pasta)Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 31gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 498mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: baked chicken parmesan, baked chicken parmesan no breading, healthy chicken parmesan, sheet pan chicken parmesan
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    My husband is ALL about chicken Parmesan…it’s one of his favorite meals, so I know he would go crazy over this dump and bake dish. Love how easy and flavorful it is. Just what we need for busy weeks!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Gayle! My husband loves this dish too!

  2. Joanne says:

    5 stars
    Mmmm – looks simple and totally scrummy. Will be trying this one this week. Thank you!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Joanne! Enjoy! 🙂

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks says:

    Oh, how I can relate to these rollercoaster days! Love the idea of this recipe – the easiness and the deliciousness! Pinning!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much, Kate! It’s just real life, right?! 🙂

  4. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    Oooh! This looks amazing! We loveeee chicken parmesan and I love that you served it with spaghetti!

    1. Blair says:

      Yep, it’s a match made in heaven! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Kristy!

  5. Sharon K says:

    I have been making something almost exactly the same for years now. It is quick, easy, and healthier without all the breading. Shredded mozzarella works in a pinch if you don’t have fresh but fresh is best! Dinner always ready to go in 30 ‘minutes and hubby likes it a lot. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome! Great minds think alike, Sharon! 🙂 I agree — shredded mozzarella cheese works very well in a pinch!

    2. Ashley says:

      I do not have cooking spray,can I put foil on the bottom too?

  6. Tyler says:

    If I cut the ingredients in half to make it for two, do I need to cut the cooking times in half too?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Tyler! The cooking time should remain the same! 🙂 Enjoy!

  7. Paulette Jenkins says:

    Can I use spaghetti saucw?

    1. Blair says:

      Absolutely, Paulette! Any similar sauce that you love will work well!

  8. Kiersten Schulze says:

    What mara nara sauce do you use ?

  9. Susan Martin says:

    Hi there, this looks fantastic! Have u ever tried adding zucchini? I want to make this tomorrow and I was just given a zucchini, wondering if I should added it chopped of cook separately? Would it be too watery?
    Thanks!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Susan! I have never tried adding zucchini, but I think it would work really well! I would just chop it up finely (so that you’re sure it is cooked through by the end of the baking time) and add it to the dish. It will add some moisture, but I don’t think that it should be too watery — especially if you’re just using one zucchini. 🙂

  10. Melanie Branting says:

    Made this for dinner tonight. I’ve never had chicken parm before and I’m in love! Served it over some fettuccine, perfect!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that you liked it, Melanie! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

      1. Ashley says:

        I do not have cooking spray,can I put foil on the bottom too?

        1. Blair says:

          Hey, Ashley! Yes, you can use foil on the bottom or you can butter the dish or rub it with a little bit of oil. Any of those options will work! 🙂

  11. Jill says:

    Just made this dish, and it was delicious! It’s SO EASY and you will most likely have all the ingredients in a pantry and fridge… and that’s what I like!!!! ???? Thank you for posting this recipe!

  12. Irina says:

    Is it just me? After 20 minutes my chicken (thin breast filets) are are still pink, gave another 10 min in the oven – still pink with pink juice inside. did anyone else have same problem?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Irina! No, I haven’t heard anyone else complain about the chicken not cooking all the way through. 🙁

    2. Bella says:

      I had that problem also. But after another 10 mins it was perfect !

  13. Christina Williams says:

    Making this tonight! I can’t believe how easy these recipes are. Thank you!!! You need a cookbook!!!

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome, Christina! Enjoy!!! And thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  14. Leslie says:

    This caught my eye yesterday. Just made today with organic chicken tenderloins. Came out amazing. My fiance loved it and so did it. Served with whole grain pasta. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe..

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome, Leslie! Thank you so much for letting me know. I’m glad that you both enjoyed it! 🙂

  15. Toni says:

    Thank you for the recipe quick simple but most of all it came out delicious ????

    1. Blair says:

      Great! So glad that you loved it, Toni!

  16. Flo says:

    Hi, I was wondering if I can brown the chicken breast first? Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Flo! Yes, it should work fine to brown the chicken first, if that’s your preference.

  17. Alicia says:

    4 stars
    I literally just made this tried a sample (it tastes amazing) and the entire kitchen smells awesome! My husband loves chicken parm, but I dread the steps for the original version. Thanks for the easy, tasty version!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Alicia! I’m so glad that it’s an easy option that keeps your husband happy too! 🙂

  18. Taylor says:

    Just made this for my husband and I with veggie spaghetti instead of regular pasta, he loved it so much he’s taking all of the left overs for lunch tomorrow! Definitely an amazing dinner!

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome, Taylor! Thanks so much for letting me know. I’m glad that your husband enjoyed it! 🙂

  19. Colleen says:

    5 stars
    One of the best recipes I’ve found online! This is truly as quick, easy, and tasty as it gets!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Colleen! 🙂

  20. Janis says:

    5 stars
    I just made this for our Sunday dinner and it was a huge hit! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes and this was great and so easy to get together.
    Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Janis! Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂

  21. Hunter says:

    5 stars
    I just wanted to come report back that I made this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious. Such an easy and quick way to have chicken parm, without all of the extra steps to bread and fry the chicken. I will be keeping this recipe around for good! Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know, Hunter! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  22. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    Blair, thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I made it tonight and the family went crazy over it! They are saying that this is now their new favorite.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Amanda! Thank you for letting me know! 🙂

  23. Andrea Kowalchik dwenger says:

    Hey girl! Thanks for the recipe! When the fam ate this great dish it reminded me of the fun times we had!

    1. Blair says:

      Andrea!!!! Thanks so much for your note! Gosh, we had so many fun (CRAZY) times! I miss you and I think about you often. Hope your family is doing well! xoxo

  24. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I loved this recipe! It was such a quick weeknight dinner. We will definitely be making again!

    1. Blair says:

      Great! I’m so glad to hear that, Ashley. Thank you!

  25. Sonia says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I came across it while googling easy chicken recipes and it turned out absolutely fantastic! I used shredded mozzarella because that’s all I had on hand but it was still fantastic – and so easy! I’ll definitely make it again!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Sonia! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂

  26. Jessica says:

    Have you ever breaded the chicken first?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Jessica! No, I haven’t tried this recipe that way. Let me know if you do!

  27. Erin says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have a picky husband who seems to only like complicated unhealthy recipes but he LOVES this.

    It’s easy, tasty and fits into the allotted amount of WW points for dinner.

    Thank you!!

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome! That’s exactly my goal, Erin. 🙂 A meal that’s good for you, but also tasty for the whole family!

    2. jessica L Lawless says:

      5 stars
      Wondering if I can use frozen chicken?

      1. The Seasoned Mom says:

        We recommend thawing it first to ensure it cooks and prevent your recipe from becoming soggy!

  28. Mariah says:

    Is there an alternative for Italian seasoning ?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Mariah! Yes! Italian seasoning is just a blend of a bunch of different herbs and seasonings — including basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, thyme, onion, rosemary, and marjoram. You can just substitute with a dash of whatever you have on hand — maybe some basil and oregano?

  29. Carrie says:

    5 stars
    This was so easy and turned out so well!!! I’m not the best cook so I was thrilled with the result. I halved it and used boneless skinless chicken tenders.

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome, Carrie! Thank you for letting me know! I’m so glad that you’ve found a new, easy recipe to enjoy. 🙂

  30. Laura Martin says:

    The nutritional information is only for the chicken correct? Not being served over pasta?

    1. Blair says:

      That’s right, Laura — it’s just for the chicken. I didn’t include specific pasta amounts in the recipe, so you can just calculate the pasta nutrition based on the type and amount that you use. Or, for a lighter option, you can even use zucchini noodles! 🙂

  31. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner. It is very good. Easy to assemble and follow directions. I did exactly as written and watched video. Easy Peasy! I added garlic powder to the chicken along with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. I found a spaghetti sauce that is healthier than most. No sugar nor bad oils. It is Ragu garden fresh healthy sauce. You can find it at Krogers here in Michigan. They make a plain marinra too. Both are delicious. This will be my go to chicken parm bake! Hubby and I loved it. So easy to prepare! Thanks for sharing recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Lynn! I’m so glad that you both enjoyed it, and thanks for the tip about the Ragu! Sounds perfect. 🙂

  32. Bivens says:

    5 stars
    Awesome and quick meal!
    I browned the chicken first used provolone instead of mozzarella
    Superb!

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  33. Jessica Cole says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is a family staple in our house. We love it!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Jessica!

  34. Dawnell says:

    So excited to try this with all the positive comments. Will be making it this week.

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful. Enjoy! 🙂

  35. Mandie W. says:

    This recipe was AMAZZZINGG!!

    Thank you so much sharing with everyone!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Mandie! I’m so glad that you liked it!

  36. Joanne L says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this easy to follow recipe which tasted amazing. I have created a new board on Pinterest called Keeper Recipes and this was the first recipe pinned. 24 yr old son wanted the recipe!!!! This speaks volumes.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Joanne! The true test — when a young guy approves! 🙂

  37. Sinea says:

    5 stars
    OK, here is the deal. I am doing some intermittent fasting and found THIS recipe online. Oh my goodness, does it look delicious. And I am so hungry right now I would like to grab it right out of my computer screen and chow down! LOL
    Note to self: do not look at delicious recipes while fasting.

    Pinning!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks for pinning! I hope that you get to try it when your fast is over. 🙂

  38. Heidi M. says:

    5 stars
    My husband and sons loved this recipe. I made it last night. Thank you for all the good ideas!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Heidi! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  39. Rochelle says:

    5 stars
    I was looking for something a little different but still easy to do with two chicken breasts last night. Made this and it was perfect. Chicken was 5 oz each and the cooking times were spot on. I really appreciate you confirming on your recipes how to downsize for two, it’s a big help.

    The benefit of cooking for two is I have room in the oven for two pans. So taking inspiration from your 2 ingredient snap peas I tossed some diced potatoes in dressing, put them in the oven at the same time as the chicken. When it was time to uncover the chicken, I added the dressing-tossed snap peas. The timing worked out great!

    I’m making your dump & bake pepper steak tonight, will let you know how it turns out.

    1. Blair says:

      Sounds like the perfect meal, Rochelle! Thank you for your note. 🙂

  40. Norma says:

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe, Blair, and definitely one of our favorite “Dump and Bake” recipes of yours. It is so easy and so delicious! I used smoked mozzarella which I had on hand for pizza but otherwise followed the ingredient list and directions exactly. Thanks for another goodie!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Norma! I bet the smoked mozzarella was a delicious addition!

      1. Alli says:

        5 stars
        Made this tonight and it was delicious!

        1. The Seasoned Mom says:

          We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Alli!

  41. Debra Thompson says:

    5 stars
    Excellent family loved it

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Thank you! We’re so happy to hear this!

  42. Des says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe, easy and fast to put together. My family said it was delicious I made a side of garlic bread to go with it.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      You can never go wrong with garlic bread! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe, Des.

  43. Jo says:

    5 stars
    Quick Easy and very good!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Jo!

  44. Cindy Woods says:

    5 stars
    I used skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Also shredded the parmesan cheese for added flavor and used provolone on top of the thighs. Delish! My husband loved the recipe.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      We’re so glad it was a hit!