Traditional gooey, cheesy, fried and baked chicken parmesan may sound good, but if you’re doing the P90X plan, it’s out of the question. Instead, have a healthier nontraditional version that will satisfy your cravings without blowing your fitness plan.
This simple chicken parmesan recipe doesn’t require lots of prep time or cooking time. Fix it over the weekend. One recipe serves two. However, it doubles—even triples—easily, and you can enjoy the leftovers for lunch or dinner all week long.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
2 3-oz. portions of boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 T. Olive Oil
2 oz. Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 Cups Whole Grain Spaghetti, cooked
2 Cups Spaghetti Sauce, without meat or cheese
Italian Spice Blend
Cook the Chicken
Coat the stove top grill or skillet with 1 Tsp. of olive oil and heat to medium. Season the chicken breasts with black pepper and Italian spices. Add them to the hot pan and cook for approximately 20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking, until they golden brown and cooked through. The chicken’s internal temperature should reach 180 degrees.
Prepare the Pasta and Sauce
Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the box. When it’s al dente (firm and tender), remove it from the heat, drain it, and add one tablespoon of olive oil. While the pasta is cooking, heat up the spaghetti sauce.
Assemble the Dish
Arrange the pasta in a casserole or on a platter. Top with the chicken and pour the sauce on top. Sprinkle with 2 oz. of grated Parmesan. A single serving contains 1 protein, 1 grain, and 1 vegetable. If you need more protein in your daily diet, double the amount of chicken.
If you are on the P90X Meal Plan
Recipe serves two people and includes 1 protein, 1 vegetable, and 1 grain. If you are short on your daily protein, double your chicken.