Low-Fat Chicken Parmesan for Two
Tender chicken with a crisp, golden coating minus all the fat.
Why This Recipe Works
With its fried exterior and blanket of melted cheese, chicken Parmesan is a perfect candidate for slimming down. We tried lower-fat Chicken Parmesan recipes, many of them simply offering smaller portion sizes. All were scantily clad in a crust of store-bought bread crumbs or cracker crumbs that either fell away from the meat or turned to mush at first contact with tomato sauce. And the coating of melted cheese was either plasticky (nonfat cheese doesn't melt well) or skimpy. Instead of eggs and flour, fat-free mayonnaise bound the breadcrumbs to our chicken cutlets—just on one side. For the second step in developing our Low-Fat Chicken Parmesan for Two recipe, we replaced pan-frying with frying in the oven, using toasted breadcrumbs to achieve a crispy exterior. Elevating the breaded cutlets on a wire rack in the oven helped them stay crisp. Finally, we didn’t skimp on the cheese—a full slice of part-skim mozzarella (thinly-sliced by the deli) blanketed each cutlet perfectly.