Many patients of our weight loss center are looking for ways to satiate those cravings for Italian food that can be so hard to resist. This healthy low carb recipe for Chicken Parmesan will help you stay in line with any diets and weight loss management programs while feeling indulgent. Best of all, this dish is packed with important nutrients to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.
Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, which we especially need when we are dieting, as it helps to increase our lean muscle mass. One of the other important components of this recipe is the fresh tomato paste, which is packed with benefits. Just one tablespoon of tomato paste boasts 4.6 milligrams of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that is thought to have serious power when it comes to fighting cancer and reducing the risk of strokes. In addition, tomato paste is loaded with vitamin C, which boosts immunity and supports ligaments and skin health.
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4 chicken breasts, skinless
1⁄2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp parmesan cheese, grated
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1⁄2 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
Italian seasoning, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the tomato paste, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
Spray a shallow casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Season the chicken breasts and then place in the casserole dish. Spoon the tomato sauce over each chicken breast and then season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper—and more Italian seasoning, if you like.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the casserole dish and add the parmesan and mozzarella cheese to each breast. Put back in the oven and cook for approximately five more minutes, until the cheese is nicely melted.
Makes four servings.