April 9, 2013

Weeknight Wins: Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan

Weeknight Wins Chicken Parmesan

We’re on the second week of The Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge by Sauté Express® Sauté Starters! In case you missed my post last week, here’s a quick recap. During April, along with four other food bloggers, I will be sharing my weeknight go-to recipes with you. On busy weeknights, getting a wholesome dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less is tough for many families. This challenge should give us all some great, delicious meal ideas to whip up in a hurry. Together, we can score little wins in the kitchen!

Along with the recipes I’ll be sharing, you can follow the challenge on Pinterest and pin your favorite recipes from the challenge. Check it out over at the Weeknight Wins Pinterest Board. I promise these are recipes from Pinterest you can actually make!

This week’s Weeknight Wins Challenge is “A New Twist on an Old Favorite.” I think we all have some tried and true recipes that can be refreshed from time to time. Since I am currently concentrating on losing the baby weight, I am all about lightening up my favorite meals.


One of the ways I do this is by cutting out extra calories that come from things like breading chicken or adding heavy cream to soup. The other day I was craving chicken Parmesan but didn’t want the heavy fried breadcrumb coating and mounds of gooey cheese. So, to keep all of the Italian flavors in my favorite dish, while skipping the extra calories, I used the Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter from Land O’Lakes.

 Weeknight Wins Chicken Parmesan

 One of my favorite things about Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is its bright, fresh herb flavor. The whole kitchen smelled like an Italian restaurant the second it started melting! I used it to sauté some lean chicken breasts until they were golden and cooked through.

Weeknight Wins Chicken

Then, instead of serving them over mounds of heavy pasta, I slid them on top of homemade marinara sauce and sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese.

Weeknight Chicken Parmesan

Thanks to the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, I had a fresh, lightened up chicken Parmesan dinner ready in under half an hour! Our meal was full of the same Italian flavors as the more traditional chicken Parmesan preparation with fewer calories.

Weeknight Wins Chicken Parmesan

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Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan

Serves 2


1 square Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 cups marinara sauce

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese


In a large nonstick skillet, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium-low heat. Then add the chicken and cook it evenly on both sides until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat up the marinara sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Divide the marinara sauce evenly among two bowls. Top the marinara with the chicken and sprinkle the Parmesan evenly on top of each breast. Serve!

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31 Responses to “Weeknight Wins: Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Samantha says:

    Turkey meatballs!! A lighter take on heavier meatballs!

  2. Oyama says:

    Is that like instant food on a bag? Just saute them for some minutes to create this Parmesan Chicken with Marinara Sauce. Safe time, help me to do more activity.


  3. Malerie Carey says:

    For some reason that herb saute start is really making me want to just get it going and throw in some bread and then finish it in the oven for some yummy toasts!!!

  4. Kate says:

    I love these with fish, especially salmon; it makes for the quickest and easiest dinner. And I’ve been curious about using them to make grilled cheese. That might be very interesting!

  5. Allison Ruth says:

    Tacos sound delicious or quesadillas! Can’t wait to try this recipe too – looks so good.

  6. AnnaZed says:

    I want to use the savory butter and olive oil one on a slab of salmon
    (in the beautiful pan!) then make tostadas with arugula, some Havarti
    and an avocado sauce.

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  7. Kate says:

    I would love to try this with tofu or tempeh instead of chicken,

  8. rachel says:

    I’d make chicken taco casserole!

  9. Juli Weirback says:

    I’d love to try this recipe. It looks easy and delicious!

  10. I would use the saute express to bake a nice fresh salmon and asparagus

  11. Khanh Tran says:

    I’ve been adding avocados to a lot of my recipes lately, like mac-n-cheese, hummus, and smoothies. I’ve also been substituting Meyer lemons for regular lemons, it’s amazing the difference such a small change makes!

    I think with the Italian Herb saute starter, I would make a lemon chicken dish, and maybe substitute with Meyer lemon juice and zest.

    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  12. christopher sorel says:

    ground chicken mixed in with hamburger to make meatballs better for ya

  13. alex z says:

    I would love to try using a saute starter to put on some fish to cook in a packet on the grill

  14. Lighened up Shrimp Scampi. Saute some shrimp in the garlic & herb Saute Starter. Add a generous squeeze of lemon at the end. Serve with spinach sauteed in the butter olive oil Saute Starter. If you’re eating carbs would be great with some brown rice or some whole grain angel hair pasta

  15. Karen Fohey says:

    I would saute Swai fish filets in any of the flavors and serve with a rice pilaf or lentil pilaf or quinoa pilaf. A squeeze of lemon and dinner is served!

  16. Maralea says:

    I would make this chicken! It looks delicious!

  17. Erin says:

    I think I may try using the Italian seasoning Saute starter for a new version of Chicken marsala… I tend to be heavy handed with the butter in my version and this might work as an alternative!

  18. Christine Mayfield says:

    I would make some spaghetti with ground turkey with a Saute Starter

  19. Alice Mizer says:

    I would love to try it out with making a roast or even a baked pasta dish – those are two of my favorite weekend meals to make and share with the fam! 🙂

  20. Laura M. says:

    A twist on potato salad that I use all summer long: I use baked potatoes, and I also add in some crumbled bacon. The result tastes a little like a “loaded baked potato” salad!

  21. Michelle D says:

    I would make your lightened up chicken park, it looks great!

  22. Andrea Thompson says:

    This looks like it would work a treat with sauteed shrimp! Maybe serve them over spaghetti squash.

  23. Jaimee Wood says:

    I’d use the Lemon Pepper saute starter to brown my pot roast before putting it in the pressure (or slow) cooker! I bet it’d be great!

  24. Karen Lynch says:

    I would love to try it with a Pasta Primevera with chicken

  25. latanya t says:

    Chicken cajun pasta

  26. This would be wonderful with a chicken/veggie/pasta dish that is one of my sort of go-to meals.
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  27. Natalie V says:

    I’m not sure this is much of a twist, but I add a can of beans (black or kidney) to our favorite recipe for taco bake.

  28. Jennifer Arnold says:

    I would love to try this with pork chops!

  29. Cindi Hoppes says:

    What a fabulous prize package giveaway. Our oldest son is getting
    married in August and this would be a great early gift for him! I would make a
    pasta dish of some kind and he would most likely use chicken in his recipe!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  30. Shica says:

    I would make this exact meal…..looks divine!