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Healthy Cheerios Chicken Parmigiana

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Do you love Italian dishes? They’re some of the world’s most beloved food. Here’s another Italian-inspired dish that you’ll absolutely love — healthy cheerios chicken parmigiana!

I can barely describe what I’m feeling whenever I enter an Italian restaurant. It’s somewhat delightful, to say the least. The only problem is that the usual way to prepare these favorites such as the chicken parms with marinara sauces doesn’t complement health and fitness goals.

In this recipe, I’ll make a twist on parmigiana by using one of the world’s most popular breakfast foods — Cheerios cereal! This nutritious overload will boost your heart health and bring you to peak fitness in no time. You can serve this on a weeknight dinner as is if you want. If you prefer, you can put it over some spaghetti, mashed potatoes, and egg noodles.

This cereal is made from oats which is an awesome complex carbohydrate to include in your special diets. It’ll help you get the energy you need throughout the day, especially for your workouts.

Making this chicken parmesan parmigiana is very quick and easy. The prep time will only take more or less 25 minutes of total cooking time. This even includes the baking chicken in the oven. Then a nutritious and delicious meal is ready to serve! You pretty much have a tasty dish before you even realize you’re done. It’s packed with protein, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium. The meal also has healthy levels of vitamins A, B, and C.

Wanna try out one of the classic Italian dishes? Save this right away for your future meal plans. Share it with your loved ones and friends too! Also, be sure to send me an email or freely comment down below on how this dish turned out for you.

The easier and fun journey towards your weight loss and fitness goals is one of the most important things to me. It inspires me to provide nutritious yet filling meals that fit your special diets.

Buon appetito!

Healthy Cheerios Chicken Parmigiana

Ingredients

* Optional Substitution Note

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 lb raw chicken breast (four 4oz chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella (about 2 tbsp for each patty)
  • green onions
  • Chicken crust batter
    • 1 3/4 cup Cheerios cereal (multigrain)
    • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 1 egg
    • fresh ground pepper
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • Marinara sauce
    • 2 Roma tomatoes
    • 3/4 cup no sodium tomato sauce
    • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
    • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
    • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • spray coconut oil

Steps

Step 1

Set oven to 400 F (or 405 F).

Step 2

Rinse your chicken breasts with water, trim away any visible fat and pat dry with a paper towel.

Step 3

In a sealable bag, add Cheerios cereal. Close the bag and mash the cereal with a blunt object in order to create crumbs. You can add it to a food processor and pulse blend until crumbs are made, but just be careful not to blend into a dust or flour like consistency. You want it chunky.

Step 4

Add the seasonings and parmesan cheese to the bag. Mix together and set aside.

Step 5

In a bowl, beat eggs with garlic paste and fresh ground pepper.

Step 6

Dip the raw chicken breast in the egg mixture, then place in the sealable bag. Shake until all parts of the chicken are coated. Place the coated chicken breast on a baking sheet or rack. Repeat.

Step 7

Bake the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 F (or 405 F). *Note, if your chicken breasts are really thick, bake in the oven for at least 15 minutes, depending on thickness.

Step 8

Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and spray with coconut oil.

Step 9

Toss in the ingredients for the marinara sauce and stir quickly. Reduce or remove from heat and allow the sauce to thicken.

Step 10

Remove the chicken from the oven and then evenly divide the marinara sauce over the chicken breasts.

Step 11

Sprinkle about 2 tbsp mozzarella on each of the 4 chicken breasts.

Step 12

Bake in the oven for 8 – 10 more minutes. Careful not to overcook the chicken!

Step 13

Enjoy!

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Details

Cook 25min

Nutrition per serving

Calories280cal
Protein36g
Fats7g
Carbs23g
Fiber4g
Sugar6g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!