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

Now, you can participate in Weeknight Wins by Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. Each week I’ll be sharing a new recipe and hosting an awesome sweepstakes!

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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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