I rarely cook Italian food.

I’m not Italian, and while my dark hair may fool you, I assure you that my pasty, sickly-pale, so-white-it’s-pink skin gives it away.

The truth is, I don’t really like Italian cuisine. I really don’t like tomato sauce.

Italian’s, please cover your eyes: I use tomato sauce from a jar.


I see no sense in making it if I don’t like it, and Mr. How Sweet has eaten sauce from a jar since his bachelor days. He doesn’t know the difference. Maybe it’s the acidity that I don’t really enjoy? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that tomato sauce is made with vegetables.


Naturally, I love alfredo sauce. I love it so much I could bathe in it. Come on – we’re talking cheese, cheese and more cheese. But that’s neither here nor there.


Many days, Mr. How Sweet asks for a manly meal.

I usually need to prepare it, unless I want to watch him stand in front of the fridge for an hour and whine ‘...but…how do I make stuff??’


I tend to consider chicken parmesan a man’s meal.

It may stem from dating guys who used to order the Tour of Italy at the Olive Garden and still leave hungry. I think this happened with a few different date’s.

Clearly, I have always had an issue with hungry men and relationships.


Luckily, for Mr. How Sweet, I came up with this healthier version of the dish only for him.

Because even though he loves to eat himself silly, he really does eat healthy, delicious foods.

Yes, you may see 3 chicken breasts up there.

In this house, 3 chicken breasts do not necessarily yield 3 servings. Sometimes they yield 2 servings. Occasionally, 1 serving. It just depends on the mood that Mr. How Sweet is in.

In my experience, that mood is usually a hungry one.


See, I have never had the difficulty of cooking for two.  There may only be two of us in this house, but Mr. How Sweet eats for four. Or seven. And sometimes, even thirty-one.

I never have the problem of cooking too much; I always have the problem of not having nearly enough.


For instance, last night after dinner was made, Mr. How Sweet served himself while I fiddled around wasting brain cells on the computer. When I finally went to get my plate, the food was gone.

Sometimes, in his hungry fog, Mr. How Sweet forgets that I need to eat, too.

(I’m not really sure how he can forget, judging by the size of my thighs. But, alas, he forgets.)

(And don’t worry, I’ve already wondered how he could ever feed our future children.)


For this chicken parm, I coat the chicken in whole wheat breadcrumbs and italian seasonings. Then comes the cheese. Lots and lots of glorious cheese.

I could actually rename this three-cheese chicken parmesan. Not only is there parmesan cheese, but also shredded provolone and fresh mozzarella.


Mr. How Sweet didn’t really eat cheese until he met me. He usually avoided it. No cheese on sandwiches, no cheese on pasta – I know, he didn’t really live before me.

Then I came along, and he had a fridge full of cheese and pants that were too small.

It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t force him to eat the cheese.

I just showed him the beauty of it.


Lightened-Up Chicken Parm

Serves 3-4

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 tablespoons italian seasoning

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup tomato sauce

3 oz fresh mozzarella

1/2 cup low-fat provolone cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400.

Set up 3 bowls in an assembly line. In the first, add the flour. In the second, add the beaten eggs. In the third, add the bread crumbs, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Pound chicken to tenderize.

Preheat skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil.

Dip one chicken breast in flour, egg, then bread crumb mixture. Lay in pan and fry until golden brown. Repeat with the other 2 chicken breasts.

In a 9 x 13 baking dish, add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce on the bottom. Lay chicken breasts on top. Add remaining tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and provolone.

Bake for 20 minutes. Tent with foil, and bake for another 25 minutes.

Serve with whole wheat pasta and whole grain garlic bread.



How spoiled is Mr. How Sweet?

He lives a good life.

Luckily, it evens out – I trade tasty meals for new shoes.

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81 Responses to “Lightened-Up Chicken Parmesan.”

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 21, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    Mr. How Sweet is sooooo spoiled! I want to come and live in your house girl. Is something this tasty chased with dessert too? xo


  2. #
    Jo — April 21, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    I’ve only just come across your blog but love it already! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!


  3. #
    Talita — April 22, 2010 @ 2:42 am

    Wow! This dish looks really reall tasty! Love chicken!


  4. #
    terri — April 22, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    i LOVE italian anything! i am a carb whore~ so bread, pasta, etc. etc…..fills my palate with love!

    i love that you trade tasty meals for shoes! too cute!


  5. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — April 22, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    You said it…Mr. How Sweet is the luckiest man on the planet!
    Speaking of the planet…Happy Earth Day! ;-)


  6. #
    Ashley — April 22, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    yum girl! my boyfriend would die for this chicken parm. It’s his favorite. I tried making it once, but I don’t think it turned out quite as good as I had hoped. SEE YOU SOON, BRINGING PIE! :)


  7. #
    Kimmy — April 22, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Chicken looks great! I am dying at your so white it pink comparison because thats how I am, my family calls me Piglet!


  8. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 22, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Looks lovely… I am not the least bit Italian (and I’m probably just as pale as you are!), but I do love Italian food. Love this version of chicken parm!


  9. #
    Gliding Calm — April 23, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    everything you post about I want to eat immediately. always. that’s a GIFT!


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    Jessica Lee — April 23, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    He is definitely lucky to have you. Did he NOT like it or just never tried cheese before??

    Either way, this was a great post. I think it’s funny how you cook these amazing meals for him and he can “forget you” and eat it all. I don’t think actually forgets, its just too good for him to control himself :)

    As always, great recipe!


  11. #

    This chicken parmesan has been on my mind since you posted it! So we are having it tomorrow night after my weight watcher’s weigh in. And i can’t wait!
    Hope you don’t mind but i’ve put a link to it on my blog http://moderngirlsguidetolosingtheflab.blogspot.com/

    Thanks Jess x


    • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 8:41 am

      Hope you guys love this! :)


      • Jess @moderngirlsguidetolosingtheflab.blogspot.com — April 26th, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

        Just had this and OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooo amazing!!! Going to be a firm favourite in out house. Thanks so much for the recipe!! xx

        • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

          Great! So glad you guys liked it! :)

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    Ashli A — April 5, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    Whole grain garlic bread? Did you make that or am I missing out on this in the freezer section? :) Also, were the chix breasts cooked all the way through in the pan before you transferred them to the baking dish? Ugh…I have a knack for burning parmesan chicken!


    • Jessica — April 5th, 2011 @ 6:41 am

      I just make the whole grain garlic bread… and no, the chicken breasts usually and not cooked, I just brown them on each side, then finish them in the oven. It’s a surefire way to get tender chicken!


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    Jennifer — April 5, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    do you just use a can of tomato sauce? or actual pasta sauce?


    • Jessica — April 5th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

      I use whatever pasta sauce I have on hand. I don’t really like tomato sauce so I don’t make my own!


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    FitnessGuy — December 1, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    Definitely going to try these .


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    Whitney — June 17, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I made this last night – SO DELICIOUS!!! I will say, though, you might want to delete the “lightened up” claim…I calculated the weight watchers points for this and it came to almost 20. But that being said, it was worth it!



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