Chickpea “Breaded” Chicken Parmesan

August 03, 2020

Chickpea “Breaded” Chicken Parmesan

Recipe: Chickpea “Breaded” Chicken Parmesan

Author: Allie, Happiness Team Member 

Prep Time: 15 Mins

Cook Time: 15 Mins

Makes: 4-6 Servings 

I was inspired to make this dish for "Happiness Happens" week because it is a warm and comforting meal, served family style. Its bright colors make people smile and its decadent flavors & healthy ingredients make bellies happy 

My version of chicken parmesan uses the delicious traditional elements but makes it a bit healthier & gluten free! The best is that it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to make! This dish is especially great when served with my Rainbow Sharing Salad! I hope you love it <3 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb-1.5lb boneless chicken tenders (or chicken breasts, butterflied). 
  • ½ cup olive oil, for coating the chicken 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1-1 ½ cups Chickpea breadcrumbs (I used Watusee brand Organic Chickpea Crumbs & I found them right by the regular breadcrumbs in my local grocery store).
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning (or just dried basil / oregano) 
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Dash of red pepper flakes (optional) 
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste 
  • 1 24 oz jar of your favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 4 oz fresh Mozzarella, sliced
  • 12 oz gluten free spaghetti pasta - I use a brown rice/quinoa blend  
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Hamama Refreshing Cabbage Microgreens (or whatever you have on hand)
 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare a pot of boiling water for the pasta.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix olive oil and minced garlic (sometimes I add fresh lemon zest to this too)!

  3. In another medium sized bowl, mix together chickpea crumbs, parmesan cheese & seasonings.

  4. Dip each chicken tender one by one into the olive oil mixture, then coat both sides with chickpea breading. Place on prepared baking sheet. 

  5. Bake the chicken for 15- 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through. These don’t take long to cook, but it depends on the thickness of your chicken. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. For the last 5 minutes, top each chicken tender with a heaping spoonful of marinara and a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. You can broil for a minute to brown the cheese to golden perfection. 

  6. While the chicken is baking, boil the pasta per instructions & heat the marinara sauce in a pot. 

  7. To serve- dish out a serving a pasta, add marinara sauce to taste, top with chicken parmesan and garnish with fresh basil and cabbage microgreens! Serve with a side salad to complete the meal. Enjoy! 



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