Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Parmesan Chicken

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THANK THE HEAVENS IT’S FRIDAY. Although this was a rather fast week, I’m still beyond happy it’s the weekend. Our office is closing early because Sunday is a holiday, I’m going for a sushi lunch with my fabulous officemate and I’m making Easter brunch for dinner tonight! It’s shaping up to be a wonderful Friday, even if the weather stinks!

Since my Easter brunch recipe spread won’t be up until tomorrow, I wanted to give ya’ll at least something to chew on this Friday (get it, chew on? har har har). I’ve been eating A TON of red meat lately and since I’d rather not die of a heart attack by age 28,  I’ve decided to jump back on the chicken bandwagon for a while. This week has been crazy with work and apartment hunting, so I wanted something easy but still really flavorful. I saw this recipe for baked Parmesan chicken and was sold immediately.

As you can see, it’s like a mix between herb-covered and oven friend chicken and must admit, I was really pleasantly surprised with how well it came out! Not to mention, our house smelled AMAZING. Like, I want to eat the air amazing. Luckily, it tasted just as good as it smelled!

Parmesan Chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup of Parmesean cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg

How to Make it:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small, shallow bowl, crack egg and whip until a lemony color. In another bowl, mix together Parmesean and spices.
  • Dip chicken in the egg until fully covered and then liberally into the spice and cheese. Place in a baking dish.

  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy with spicy brussel sprouts and Parmesan rice!

This chicken is fabulous because it’s crispy like fried chicken, has a fabulous herby and cheese flavor and also has a great kick from the chili powder. The flavor explosion goes perfectly with the moist, tender chicken.

Oh and Parmesean rice is SO easy. Just cook regular rice in a rice cooker and once it’s ready, mix it with a little bit of butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper! So easy and delicious!

Nutritional Information per drumstick: 175.5 calories, 9.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 23 grams of protein.

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  1. Posted by Franklin Park on
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    Ha! nice job on this one! Knowing me, I woulda burnt the parmesan on the outside and have the chicken still raw on the inside.
  2. Posted by mindy on
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    That looks wonderful! I'm a chicken fool!!
  3. Posted by Parsley Sage on
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    Oh man, I love 'want to eat the air' smell. It's the best. Great recipe, thanks so much for sharing :) Enjoy your sushi!
  4. Posted by Kate on
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    I love this! It is healthy "fried" chicken. I bet the parmesan makes it even more delicious! Love the brussell sprouts on the side too!
  5. Posted by on
    Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Chicken parm...mmm mmmm mmmmmm! Always a favorite! Great dinner, I'm sure!
  6. Posted by Katie C on
    Sunday, April 24th, 2011
    Yummm - looks delicious indeed!!!
  7. Posted by Briarrose on
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Beautiful crust...I really must try this out.
  8. Posted by Carly M on
    Sunday, November 20th, 2011
    Just tried this with chicken breasts instead of drumsticks, and it came out beautifully. I'm not the best cook in the world, but this was super low maintenance and you were right. The apartment smells awesome right now!