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“You CAN cook chicken Parmesan that’s healthy. With a high-fiber crust and low-fat cheese, mine is guilt-free. I serve it straight from the pan for my husband and me, but it’s also great for a group.”


Prep: 35 minutes

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Cook: 10 minutes


4 6-oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. cooking oil, divided, or nonstick cooking spray

½ cup canned tomato sauce with Italian seasonings (See NOTE).

1 cup whole bran cereal shreds (such as Fiber One original or All-Bran)

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (1 oz.)

1 Tbsp. snipped fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed (optional)

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, crushed

¼ tsp. salt

½ cup fat-free egg product, thawed

2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (3 oz.)

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Snipped fresh oregano (optional)

1 recipe Pasta with Sweet Peppers, see recipe


1. Between sheets of plastic wrap, pound chicken breast halves to even thickness (about 3/8 inch thick); set aside.

2. In 12-inch skillet cook onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon hot oil until tender. In bowl mix onion mixture and tomato sauce; set aside.

3. In food processor or blender process or blend cereal to the size of breadcrumbs. In shallow dish stir together cereal crumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, Italian seasoning, and salt; season with pepper.

4. In another dish place egg product. Dip chicken in egg product then crumb mixture.

5. In skillet cook chicken in remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil for 4 minutes per side or until cooked through (170 degrees) over medium-high heat. Spoon sauce on chicken. Sprinkle mozzarella. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Sprinkle red pepper flakes and oregano. Serve with Pasta with Sweet Peppers.

NOTE: Heat and pass remaining canned tomato sauce, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Pasta with sweet Peppers: Cook 6 ounces whole-grain fettuccine according to package directions, adding 1 large red sweet pepper cut in strips, the last 1 minute of cooking. Drain well. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh oregano.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 566, Total Fat (g) 17, Saturated Fat (g) 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 7, Cholesterol (mg) 113, Sodium (mg) 719, Carbohydrate (g) 53, Total Sugar (g) 5, Fiber (g) 10, Protein (g) 55, Vitamin C (DV percent) 98, Calcium (DV percent) 27, Iron (DV percent) 36, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet