Rating: 3.5 stars
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  • 1 star values: 2


Credit: Charles Masters

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins
Serves 4


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oven to 350° F.

  • Process the Parmesan in a food processor until finely chopped, 10 to 15 seconds. Add the bread, 2 teaspoons of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Process until medium-size crumbs form, 20 to 30 seconds.

  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, in batches, until golden brown on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. (Reduce heat if the skillet starts to become very dark.) Turn the chicken and cook, 30 seconds more.

  • Spread 3/4 cup of the marinara in the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Top with 4 of the cutlets, 4 of the mozzarella slices, and 4 of the basil leaves; repeat. Top with the bread crumbs.

  • Bake, covered with foil, until the sauce is bubbling, 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until the bread crumbs are golden brown, 15 minutes more.

  • Serve warm, with a salad if desired.

Chef's Notes

Tip: Real Simple’s favorite marinara sauce is Rao’s. It’s a little more expensive than most brands, but the clean taste and the short list of ingredients make it worth the splurge.

Nutrition Facts

520 calories; fat 26g; cholesterol 150mg; sodium 1050mg; protein 55g; carbohydrates 15g; sugars 6g; fiber 2g; iron 3mg; calcium 560mg.