Warm Chicken Parmesan Salad

Just got home from a wonderful trip to Ireland and London with an amazing group of friends, and settling back into the daily routine. Though it’s hard to come back to reality, I am looking forward to jumping back on the healthy eating and exercise train. We ate (and drank) like Kings over there and luckily I maintained my weight, only because we walked about 8 miles a day haha. That won’t happen everyday at home, so I need to definitely get back into whippin’ up healthy recipes. Here’s a deliciously simple and light recipe I came across while watching Giada at Home! I tweaked it a bit to lighten even more.

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 chicken cutlets, about 3 ounces each 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Red pepper flakes 
  • 1 1/2 cups store-bought marinara sauce 
  • 6 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat mozzarella (1 heaping tablespoon for each cutlet)

Salad

  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup small basil leaves 
  • 1/2 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan, plus extra for garnish 
  • 1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar 
  • Kosher salt 

Steps

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle the cutlets on both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper flakes.
  3. Place the cutlets in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown on the first side, 3 minutes. Flip, and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add the marinara sauce and turn the cutlets to coat in the sauce. Top with the mozzarella, reduce the heat to medium, and cover the pan. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the arugula, basil, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Toss well to coat.
  6. To serve, place one piece of chicken on a plate and top with a spoonful of sauce. Add a bit of the salad right on top of the chicken. Garnish with more parmesan if desired. Enjoy!

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