Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan

Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats.

This time of year I start looking for foods that are a little more comforting and a little less just something quick to get on the table. But it still feels like summer as it hasn’t quite cooled down much yet so I don’t want to turn on the oven very often.

Skillet dinners are perfect for that. This Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan doesn’t require very much babysitting at the stove. It cooks, for the most part, unattended and doesn’t make my kitchen as hot as turning the oven on.

I’ve been craving the flavors of Chicken Parmesan and a delicious tomato sauce to sop up with crusty bread or pour over pasta.

Right now things are still feeling a little hectic as we settle into our new school and work routines so I’ve adapted a more time consuming Chicken Parmesan into a skillet meal to cut down the time.

All photos by Katie of GoodLife Eats.

In this version, the chicken doesn’t need to be pounded super thin, just pounded a bit to tenderize it. There’s no dredging in flour and frying in butter or oil which cuts down again on prep time and also on calories. And the chicken breasts are cut in half so they cook faster (really a full breast is usually too large for me anyway).

I rely on Aimee’s fabulous and easy 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer rather than preparing a more time consuming Sundried Tomato Sauce like I usually do. Being that it is the end of summer, I threw in some sliced zucchini for good measure.

My favorite pan for cooking one-dish skillet style dinners is hands down the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3.5 -Quart Round Braiser. It is the perfect size for our family of four. I love that it is deeper than a traditional skillet and has a lid that fits just right. Not to mention that it moves seamlessly from stove to oven if you have a dish that needs both methods of cooking.

 

Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves/Yield: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 of a batch of Aimee’s 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce (found on Simple Bites)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt, Pepper, and Dried Italian Seasoning, to taste
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 medium sized zucchini, sliced about 1/3 of an inch thick
  • 8 Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley and/or Fresh Basil , for garnish
  • Pasta for serving, if desired
Instructions
  1. Prepare 1/2 of a batch of Aimee’s wonderful 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce – this can be done in advance and refrigerated for a day or two or stored in the freezer.
  2. Cut each chicken breast in half. Using a meat tenderizer, pound each side of the breast. It isn’t necessary to pound them until very thin, just a few whacks per side to help tenderize them.
  3. Sprinkle each side of the breast with salt, pepper, and dried Italian seasoning according to your preferences.
  4. Heat the oil over medium heat in a 3.5 quart stove top safe pan that has a lid. I love my Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3.5 -Quart Round Braiser for jobs like this.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes per side. After browning the chicken, sprinkle them with freshly grated Parmesan. Pour the sauce over and cook covered on low to medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and arrange the zucchini on top in between the chicken pieces. At this time also layer a slice of fresh mozzarella on top of each piece of chicken. Replace lid and cook for another 15 minutes on low heat.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and basil, if desired, for a garnish and serve alongside pasta.
Notes
-If desired, add the mozzarella after the final 15 minute cook time and place under the broiler for a few minutes to melt and brown the cheese. -If you like, get creative and add additional vegetables to the sauce such as: sauteed fresh mushrooms, grated carrots, red bell peppers, chopped fresh spinach.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. Katie Goodman is the cook, recipe developer, and self-taught photographer behind GoodLife Eats. It is there that she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the mention! This Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan looks so delicious!

  2. This looks delicious! I make a lot of skillet meals, but they more often than not involve eggs and rice :-) I will have to try this one!
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  3. I am now craving this and contemplating changing our dinner plans…
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  4. Yay for skillet dinners! Looks absolutely scrumptious and perfect for a cooler day like today.
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  5. We just had friends give a bunch of huge zucchinis from their garden. We have been wondering what new recipes we could try. This one looks delicious. It will be the first one on our list. Thanks!
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  6. This is my kind of food. It’s the perfect recipe for guest too. I wish I could have a taste right now.
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  7. Hold me.
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  8. I just whipped this up for a meal for 2. I made the sauce in the skillet from a can of diced tomatoes, some garlic, basil, and olive oil. Then I poured that into a bowl, rinse out the skillet, and used it for the chicken. I used 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs so I didn’t even bother with pounding, and half a slice of mozzarella on each piece. Before I flipped the chicken over, I sprinkled the uncooked side with the cheese, then I did it on the cooked side as well. That seemed to have given it a little crust. So…tada! :-D
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  9. This looks so great – easy and melty and delicious! I covet your Le Creuset … I’ve wanted a braiser or dutch oven for ages and ages. I think I just need to campaign really, really hard for one this holiday season.
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  10. Wow, an easy adaptation of chicken parm! Must try — especially after looking at that mouth-watering photo!
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  11. This looks terrific and what a wonderful way to use zucchini! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…
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  12. Gorgeous dish! And you’re right….a great transition between summer and fall foods.

  13. I made this last night. Soooo gooooood! I was actually surprised by how good it was and wished I’d made more; there were no leftovers. LOL! Even my picky son liked it.

  14. Vanessa Chesebro says:

    I’m excited to try this recipe – just picked up what seem like the last of the season’s zucchini’s at the grocery store!
    Aimee, have you heard of pepperplate.com? It’s a meal-planning, recipe-keeping website that you can also use on the iPhone or iPad, and you can import recipes from the web if the sites are linked to pepperplate. Websites like Food Network, The Pioneer Woman, and Tasty Kitchen are available to link to. They stay cited as that person’s recipe. I’d love to use your recipes in Pepperplate without having to retype them. You should look into it!

  15. I made this tonight and it was a major hit with the hubs. I am sure it would have been a hit with the child as well, you know, if he ate anything other than chicken nuggets and fries -___-
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  16. Just wondering how much 1/2 batch of Aimee’s Tomatoe Sauce equals? 1 cup?2? I have some leftover sauce I would like to use up…Thanks!

  17. I made this tonight and it was excellent!! I served it with sauteed spinach and garlic and crusty whole grain Italian bread. I will definitely make this again!

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