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4.17 from 36 votes

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

This healthy chicken parmesan is breaded with almond flour and baked instead of fried. It's moist, full of flavor and perfect for satisfying a craving for Italian comfort food. Gluten-free + grain-fee. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: healthy chicken parmesan
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb organic boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara homemade or jarred
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place almond meal, paprika, cayenne, garlic, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
    Dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Crack egg into another shallow bowl and whisk.
    A hand is holding a bowl steady while the other hand is whisking an egg.
  • Dredge each chicken breast in the egg bowl, wipe off any excess and then dip into the almond meal mixture. Roll until each chicken breast is covered completely. Place the coated chicken on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or on a wire rack that fits on a baking sheet. The wire rack will make for a crispier texture. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the chicken once at the 15-minute mark. When done, the chicken will be golden brown and completely cooked through.
    A chicken breast rests in a bowl, being coated with breading, while another chicken breast rests on a metal sheet pan. There is an egg wash bowl in the frame.
  • Once cooked through, top each chicken breast with 2-3 Tablespoons of marinara and 2 teaspoons of parmesan cheese. Return chicken to oven and bake 5-10 minutes, until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly.
    Two breaded chicken breasts covered with marinara sauce and cheese sprinkled on top. They rest on a metal baking sheet.
  • Serve with roasted broccoli or another green veggie.



  • Almond meal: Allergic to almonds? You can use traditional breadcrumbs or try any other type of flour.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g