Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake

  • 01 of 09

    What You'll Need for this Fast and Delicious Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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    This ingenious chicken Parmesan requires no breading, no frying, and only takes minutes to put together. Since there is no fried coating in this chicken Parmesan recipe it's much lower in calories and fat. The crouton crust serves double-duty by soaking in the sauce and chicken juices, as well as forming a crispy, cheesy topping.

    Here's what you'll need to make 6 portions:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    hot red pepper flakes, to taste
    6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    2 1/2...MORE cups marinara sauce
    1/4 cup chopped basil
    8 oz mozzarella, shredded
    4 oz Parmesan, grated
    1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons
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  • 02 of 09

    Prepping the Casserole Dish

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    Spread the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes evenly on the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
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  • 03 of 09

    In Goes the Chicken

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    Place the chicken breasts in the dish, and evenly space so they cook uniformly.
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  • 04 of 09

    Top with the Tomato Sauce and Basil

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    Be sure to cover evenly.
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  • 05 of 09

    The First Layer of Cheese

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    Top with half the mozzarella, and half the Parmesan.
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  • 06 of 09

    Adding the Garlic Croutons

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    Pour over the croutons and spread evenly.
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  • 07 of 09

    The Final Touch

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    Top with the remaining cheese.
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  • 08 of 09

    Baked to Crispy, Cheesy Perfection!

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    Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F., or until top is browned and the chicken is cooked through.
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  • 09 of 09

    Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake Ready to Eat

    Chicken Parmesan Photo © John Mitzewich
    Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with sauce, and juices, spooned from the bottom of the casserole.