Sunday, March 30, 2014

Delicious Chicken Parmesan Casserole

One of my favourite meals is chicken parmesan.  Of course, since starting my #weightlossjourney I haven't indulged in this high calorie meal...until last night.

Facebook is a wonderful thing and one of my "friends" posted this recipe earlier in the week.  We decided to try it last night and I think I may have died and gone to heaven.  Even the kids devoured it!  This recipe is definitely a winner and one that will make it into regular rotation in my menu planning :)

The recipe was originally posted on Emily Bites blog.  Here you'll find some amazing recipes that have been "lightened up".  She often includes the points plus values for us Weight Watchers trackers. I am reposting here; but be sure to check out emilybites.com for more great recipe ideas.


Chicken Parmesan Casserole

yield: 8 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ t crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste if you want it hot)
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 cups marinara/pasta sauce (I used Wegmans Tomato Basil)
1 ½ cups 2% reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (I used the smallest holed side of my box grater), divided
3.5 oz garlic croutons, roughly crushed, leaving some larger pieces (I used New York Texas Toast brand Garlic & Butter)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread the cubed pieces of chicken across the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer. Sprinkle the minced garlic, red pepper flakes and basil evenly over the chicken. Spread the sauce evenly across the top. On top of the sauce layer, sprinkle ¾ cup of the Mozzarella and one ounce of the Parmesan evenly across the dish. Sprinkle the crushed croutons across the top and follow with the remaining cheese.
  3. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
NUTRITION INFORMATION:
303 calories, 15 g carbs, 11 g fat, 37 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
adapted from Food.com

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