Heartburn-Friendly Baked Chicken Parmesan

Breaded Chicken Breast with Linguine
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Total Time: 60 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Servings: 4

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

331 calories
19g fat
10g carbs
29g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 721mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 29g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 367mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Love chicken Parmesan but hate the burn your old recipe causes? For many people, the spices and higher fat content of traditional chicken Parmesan recipes can trigger their heartburn. This heartburn-friendly version of baked chicken Parmesan can be a great, healthier alternative to an old favorite.

Olive oil is a heart-healthy fat that helps the breadcrumbs bind to the chicken. With a teaspoon per serving, you'll get the benefits of healthy fat without an overload that might aggravate heartburn.

Italian-American communities developed recipes resembling the foods of their homeland. It was immigrants from Parma, Italy, who came up with this chicken dish. Parmigiana means "in the style of Parma." Today’s idea of Parmesan-esque recipes means something that is breaded and baked, sauced and cheesed.

This is a fast and easy recipe, taking all of about one hour from start to finish, making it a great option on a busy weeknight.


  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dash of Italian seasoning
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 375 F.

  2. Lightly coat a baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.

  3. In a small bowl, add the Parmesan cheese, seasoned breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and salt. Mix well.

  4. Pat chicken breasts dry, lay on a plate, and coat them with olive oil.

  5. Dredge chicken breasts on both sides in the breadcrumb mixture, and transfer to the baking dish.

  6. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the chicken.

  7. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes, or until done.

Variations and Substitutions

If you don't have olive oil, any heart-healthy vegetable oil will work. You could also try using a beaten egg instead.

If you don't have seasoned Italian-style breadcrumbs, you can use panko instead. Panko is crunchier but will work just as well.

For a vegetarian version, try using eggplant in place of chicken.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Chicken Parmesan is often served with marinara sauce. You can make your own or use store-bought—just be sure to check the nutrition label for added sugars.
  • Consider serving with an Italian salad or some green beans or serving on top of whole-grain spaghetti.

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By Sharon Gillson
Sharon Gillson is a writer living with and covering GERD and other digestive issues.