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Chicken Parmesan Bake

There are thousands of Chicken Parmesan recipes in this world-but this particular recipe is my favorite. It’s filled with diced cooked chicken, two kinds of cheeses, a homemade marinara sauce, and topped with flavorful breadcrumbs-the best part is-this dish takes only a few minutes to make!

Servings: Make 6 (1 cup) servings

GREEN: 6 SmartPoints per serving if using my Zero Point Marinara sauce or 8 SmartPoints per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

BLUE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

 

Looking for more great low point casserole dishes? Be sure to check these recipes out:

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

French Onion Chicken Bake

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Biscuit Casserole 

 

What Ingredients do I need for this Chicken Parmesan Bake?

Chicken:

What is so great about this dish-is that you can use that leftover chicken you have in your fridge. It can be rotisserie, grilled, or baked chicken skinless, boneless chicken breasts. I usually use Tyson’s pre-cooked, grilled skinless, boneless chicken tenders. Just dice or shred and place the chicken bite size pieces at the bottom of the casserole dish. 

Cheese:

I use two kinds of cheese in this Chicken Parmesan Bake. Grated Parmesan and Shredded Mozzarella. I’m still mourning over the loss of Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella cheese. I was informed by Trader Joe’s that their lite mozzarella is out of production and won’t be back until 2020.  So….with that said…I’ve been on a hunt for a low point replacement. The one I found is from Target. It’s called Market Pantry reduced fat mozzarella-it’s 2 points for 1/4 cup. It melts great and tastes just like regular mozzarella.

Marinara Sauce: 

 I love to cook a large batch of my Zero Point Marinara Sauce and freeze it for meals like this. For this recipe I like a thicker sauce-and therefore recommend leaving out the water so it has a THICK consistency.  My Zero Point Marinara Sauce gives this dish flavor and keeps it low in points.

You could also use jarred store bought pasta sauce. The one that I love and use when I don’t have my homemade sauce on hand is Prego No Sugar Added Pasta Sauce. It’s lower in points and tastes great!

Bread Crumbs:

 The Italian style breadcrumbs mixed with a little bit of melted light butter gives this bake a nice flavorful crunchy topping. You can also use Panko breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tsp Italian seasonings, and a dash of salt and pepper or Progresso Italian style bread crumbs.

 

How do I make this Chicken Parmesan Bake?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.

Place cooked chicken at the bottom of prepared dish in one single layer. 

Spread marinara sauce over the top of the chicken.

Sprinkle the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the marinara sauce.

In a small bowl mix together Panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper or Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs

Pour melted butter into the breadcrumbs. Stir until well combined. 

 

Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. 

Serve over 1 1/2 cups of cooked Carba Nada Fettuccine Noddles for 4 additional SmartPoints- if following the GREEN and BLUE plan.

Or serve over whole wheat pasta for Zero SmartPoints if following the PURPLE plan.

This dish can be pre-made and frozen. To do that: Assemble casserole as directed. Do not bake. Freeze in air tight container. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and cook as directed. You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Place cooked chicken at the bottom of prepared dish in one single layer. 
  3. Spread marinara sauce over the top of the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the marinara sauce.
  5. In a small bowl mix together Panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, dash of salt and pepper or Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs. 
  6. Pour melted butter into the breadcrumbs. Stir until well combined. 
  7. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. 
  9. Serve over 1 1/2 cups of cooked Carba Nada Fettuccine Noddles for 4 additional SmartPoints, if following the GREEN and BLUE plan. Serve over whole wheat pasta for Zero SmartPoints if following the PURPLE plan.

Servings: Make 6 (1 cup) servings

GREEN: 6 SmartPoints per serving if using my Zero Point Marinara sauce or 8 SmartPoints per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

BLUE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

Notes:

  1. This dish can be pre-made and frozen. To do that: Assemble casserole as directed. Do not bake. Freeze in air tight container. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and cook as directed. You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
  2. For LOW CARB option-omit the breadcrumbs and use crushed pork rinds instead.
  3. If the cooked chicken is frozen-you will want to thaw it prior to adding it to the casserole dish. 
Yield: 6

Chicken Parmesan Bake

Chicken Parmesan Bake

There are thousands of Chicken Parmesan recipes in this world-but this particular recipe is my favorite. It's filled with diced cooked chicken, two kinds of cheeses, a homemade marinara sauce, and topped with flavorful breadcrumbs-the best part is-this dish takes only a few minutes to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked skinless, boneless chicken, diced ( I usually use Tyson's pre-cooked, grilled skinless, boneless chicken tenders)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups Zero Point Marinara Sauce ( omit the water from the recipe-to keep the sauce thick) or Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup light mozzarella ( I use Market Pantry from Target)
  • 1/2 cup Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs or 1 tsp of Italian Seasonings and Panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Land o' Lakes light butter made with canola oil, melted
  • 10 oz. cooked Carba Nada fettuccine Noddles or whole wheat pasta, optional

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
    2. Place cooked chicken at the bottom of prepared dish in one single layer. 
    3. Spread marinara sauce over the top of the chicken.
    4. Sprinkle the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the marinara sauce.
    5. In a small bowl mix together Panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, dash of salt and pepper or Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs. 
    6. Pour melted butter into the breadcrumbs. Stir until well combined. 
    7. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. 
    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven. 
    9. Serve over 1 1/2 cups of cooked Carba Nada Fettuccine Noddles for 4 additional SmartPoints, if following the GREEN and BLUE plan. Serve over whole wheat pasta for Zero SmartPoints if following the PURPLE plan.

    Servings: Make 6 (1 cup) servings

    GREEN: 6 SmartPoints per serving if using my Zero Point Marinara sauce or 8 SmartPoints per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

    BLUE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

    PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints if using my Zero Point Marinara Sauce or 6 Freestyle Smart Point per serving if using Prego no sugar added traditional pasta sauce

Notes

    1. This dish can be pre-made and frozen. To do that: Assemble casserole as directed. Do not bake. Freeze in air tight container. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and cook as directed. You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
    2. Nutritional Information was calculated using the ingredients listed in recipe-including the store bought pasta sauce.
    3. For LOW CARB option-omit the breadcrumbs and use crushed pork rinds instead.
    4. If the cooked chicken is frozen-you will want to thaw it prior to adding it to the casserole dish. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 980mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 51g

The point values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients I used for the recipe using the WW app and can vary depending on ingredients used.

kazy

Monday 14th of December 2020

I have a question. Is this supposed to be a low carb recipe? I ask because you recommended the Carba Nada fettuccine Noodles. Or is this just for weight loss?

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 14th of December 2020

HI Kazy,

No. It's more for weight watchers. I recommend the carbs nada fettuccine noddles because they are lower points than most noodles.

Jude Rossi

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

I cannot tell you how much we love this recipe!!!! It’s so flavorful and easy to make. I used the Italian bread crumbs but still added the Italian seasoning meant for use if using Panko bread crumbs, just wanted to give it a little added zip. I also used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan cheese, again to add a little more zip (no difference in points). This will definitely become part of our weekly menu!! Thanks so much for such a great recipe!!

Carol Stadel

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

This sounds wonderful. Just a quick suggestion, if you can find shredded Velveeta it has 2 points for 1/4 cup. (The same for all varieties-original, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Mexican blend, and Pepper Jack) I love the flavor and how it melts into recipes. Side note a Velveeta slice has 1 point for eggs salads or sandwiches. I find the most reasonable priced Velveeta shreds or slices is Walmart. Has been $2 or 8 oz bag of shreds.

mary anderson

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Those freshly picked chicken Parmesan are absolutely amazing!

Steph

Thursday 29th of August 2019

I see the chicken you use says it’s in the frozen section. Do I have to let it thaw before putting it in the casserole dish?

Lindsay Kehl

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hi Steph,

I usually will use the fresh precooked Tyson grilled chicken tenders not the frozen ones. If you use frozen ones, I recommend thawing them out before placing them in the casserole dish.

I’ll be sure to add that note.

Thanks so much

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