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Chicken Parmesan

The best simple, quick, and easy homemade chicken parmesan recipe. Because it's baked in the oven, it is traditional, super healthy, tasty, and low carb. Great served over pasta or noodles.

Several times over the last few years, Joe and I have tried to switch to whole grain pasta. chicken parmesan

There are so many reasons to switch. Whole grains are healthier in general. The USDA’s MyPlate guidelines recommend making at least half of your grains whole grains.

Whole grains contain more fiber than processed grains, and there is some evidence they can improve cardiovascular health.

Unfortunately, our switch to whole grain pasta has not, to this point, gone very well.

The whole wheat pasta we’ve tried has always been strange. Its texture has been off, sometimes excessively chewy or gritty.

We’ve tried several brands and many varieties.

We want to eat better.

We want to like whole grain pasta; we haven’t.

We always switch quickly back to regular white pasta.

We like Barilla® PLUS; we have eaten it for a few years. It’s not a whole grain product, but Pasta Plus is more nutritious than plain white pasta.

A couple of weeks ago, BlogHer offered me the opportunity to participate in a review campaign for Barilla® Whole Grain pasta. I agreed, hoping for good results.

We were tempted to try a brand new recipe from the Dinner Kit at, but instead used our Barilla® Whole Grain pasta in an old favorite – Chicken Parmesan.

Joe and I wanted to see exactly how the pasta would compare with the white stuff we’re used to in a familiar recipe.

More about our results after the recipe.

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Chicken Parmesan featuring Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta
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Cuisine Italian
Cuisine Italian
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  1. Prepare Barilla® Whole Grain Spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. Heat spaghetti sauce in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.
  3. Slice the chicken breast horizontally to make several thin chicken cutlets.
  4. Place breadcrumbs in a pie plate or other flat-bottomed container. Flop the chicken around in the breadcrumbs, until it is well-coated.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken, keeping it in a single layer. After 2-3 minutes (once the chicken looks done - Joe says you'll know what that means), flip each chicken cutlet to brown the second side.
  6. Remove the chicken to a paper towel-covered plate to remove any excess oil. When all of the chicken is cooked, you're ready to prepare the chicken Parmesan.
  7. To serve, place one chicken cutlet and some spaghetti on a plate. Spoon spaghetti sauce over both the chicken cutlet and the pasta. Sprinkle 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese over the chicken cutlet. If the chicken and spaghetti sauce don't melt the cheese to your satisfaction, zap it in the microwave for a 15-20 seconds.
Recipe Notes

Joe sautéed 1 pound of mushrooms and 2 sliced onions to top our spaghetti.

It's simple.

Just heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they begin to turn translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook until both are tender.

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Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta

The first thing I noticed about the whole grain pasta is that it’s a little darker than regular white pasta.

Aside from that, we wouldn’t have known it was any different. Barilla® Whole Grain tastes great. There’s no bitterness at all, and the texture is perfect.

Like our homemade whole wheat pizza dough and whole wheat bread, Barilla® Whole Grain pasta uses 51% whole wheat flour. That proportion preserves the taste and texture of normal white pasta and still provides the benefits of whole grains.

There’s even a taste guarantee!

If you don’t like the Barilla® Whole Grain pasta, let them know, and they will give you a free box of your favorite Barilla® pasta.

What do you have to lose?


I was compensated to write a recipe using Barilla® Whole Grain pasta. All opinions are my own.

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© 2012 – 2018, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.

111 thoughts on “Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Love how easy and healthy this recipe is. I really like how kid-friendly Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta is – I make it for my kids a lot and find it especially good with tomato based sauces, pestos and in stir-fries.

  2. What do you love about Barilla® Whole Grain?
    anything whole grain is a hit with us,we are trying to get more healthy


  3. I love Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, and have been using it for a year or more now! I think it takes great and is healthier for my family!

  4. Love Barilla pasta and switched to whole grain over a year ago. My family couldn’t much tell the difference but I sure feel better serving it to them!

  5. I love that Barilla’s Whole Grain pasta has the same texture as regular pasta. I also love that it is more healthy for my family!

  6. I love that it has 3 time the amount of fiber of other pastas and made with whole wheat and you can’t tell the difference in taste

  7. I love Barilla Whole Grain because I can enjoy pasta without going off my diet, and it is delicious.

  8. Well we all really need that extra fiber and the whole wheat has 3X the amount of fiber. You can not really tell the difference.

  9. I love that Barilla Whole Grain pasta is available at so many stores and I know what I’m getting.

    Thank you.

    won2xx at gmail dot com

  10. I love all the extra fiber…I typically use it for filling vegetarian lunches to take to work.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  11. I love the fact that it delivers three times the fiber of regular pasta and still tastes delicious!

  12. I love how healthy it is. It’s a great way to add whole grains to our diet. I love your recipe also.

  13. I have to admit that I prefer white pasta, but we’ve made the switch and I love that Barilla is a really great source of fiber for our family’s diet….especially for my sons who eat a lot of the wrong foods when left to their own devices.

  14. I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  15. I love Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta because it provides more fiber, it is nutritious and delicious. I have been buying the Barilla’s regular pasta for many years and switched to this whole grain once I tried and love it’s texture.


  16. Pasta that is good for you AND tastes good! Ya can’t go wrong! I won some of this pasta and have gone thru most of it1 Yummy!

  17. I love the fact it’s whole grain and their variety of noodles. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  18. I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  20. I love that its a very well known name brand offering whole grains to the masses. I am a huge proponent of eating whole foods, especially whole grains and have noticed that lots of people have a negative opinion of “health foods.” With the Barilla name comes a guarantee that its going to taste great and hopefully that will get more people to try it and see that eating healthy tastes great!

  21. I have 3 boxes of Barilla Whole grain in my cabinet right now (which means I have to stock up, we go through 2-3 boxes a week). It is my favorite pasta because it tastes great and is good for you too! Win / win!

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