Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

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This Skillet Chicken Parmesan is made healthier with a homemade tomato sauce, skinless chicken breasts and no breading or frying (which means it’s also gluten free)! It’s a 30 minute meal that everyone will love!

overhead image of white pan with skillet chicken parmesan in tomato sauce with fresh parsley

Now, I will admit that my brain is about 99.9% stuck on fall baking these days. I actually almost forgot about 30 Minute Thursday this month (the first Thursday of every month where friends and I share 30 minute meals!).

But I figured that if it’s quick, easy recipes we’re supposed to be sharing, that I could probably handle it.

close up image of skillet chicken parmesan with mozzarella cheese and fresh parsley

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about remaking my favorite comfort foods in a healthier way, with fewer processed foods and more whole ingredients. It’s really something that I’ve become passionate about, so you might just be seeing more of that around here!

Based on the popularity of this Healthier Skillet Lasagna, my Oven Fried Chicken, and this Healthier Hamburger Helper, I just have a feeling you won’t mind. I really want you to have a good selection of easy, healthy, family-friendly dinner recipes here to choose from, so I didn’t want to skip this opportunity to share another (even if I’m eating apple cake behind the scenes)!

I would love to hear what your favorite classic comfort foods are, so that I can remake them into healthier versions! Let me know below 🙂

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Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan

5 from 2 votes
This Skillet Chicken Parmesan is made healthier with a homemade tomato sauce, skinless chicken breasts and no breading or frying (which means it’s also gluten free)! It’s a 30 minute meal that everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 440cal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1//2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat in canola oil for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside on a plate and cover with tin foil.
  • To the skillet add the onion. Cook until softened and add the garlic, basil, parsley, and oregano and cook 1 minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, salt, and sugar if desired (sometimes canned tomatoes can have a bit of bitterness). Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Return chicken breasts to pan and simmer for 2 minutes until heated through. Top with cheese, and cover pan. Let sit for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.


*Nutrition information is estimated and will depend on exact serving size, brands and products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 440cal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 24g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    Oh I love this re-make on a classic. I love chicken parmesan, but the breading and frying is a lot (both a lot of work and a lot of calories). Your streamlined version is spot on. And hooray for still getting to enjoy a nice layer of cheese on top!

  2. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    ANYTHING involving cheese is a favorite of mine, so you KNOW I love that you are giving some classic, cozy dishes a healthy upgrade! This skillet chicken parmesan could NOT look any more delicious! Serious drool-fest happening over here! I want to stuff my face with a platter full of this cluckin’ deliciousness! Cheers, girl!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    My husband’s favorite meal is chicken parmesan! It never used to be my favorite because of how my mom prepared it when I was younger. But luckily, I’ve found new ways to make it. This healthier version is calling my name. Looks so good for busy weeknights!

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