Chicken Light – Part 2: The Baked Beauties aka The Fakers

Baked Chicken - Scamper

Baked chicken sounds pretty unappealing. Understood. You can make it in a number of ways that you and your family will love though.

There’s one catch. Don’t create false expectations. Baked isn’t fried. If you advertise fried chicken for dinner and oven fry it instead, you may find your derrière in the car on the way to KFC. If instead, you say that dinner will be chicken goodness, you start from a clean slate. Everyone will be open to a tasty new meal.

These are some terrific meals that are in the style of family favorites. 

Baked Chicken Parmesan

This one is great. Turning the oven up to 400 makes the crust on the chicken crunchy. We like this better than most fried versions.

Chicken Parmesan


  • 1 1/2 c Italian style breadcrumbs, in a shallow bowl
  • 4 6 oz chicken breast cutlets, pounded thin about 1/2 inch
  • 2 eggs beaten, placed in a shallow bowl
  • 3 1/2 c good quality marinara sauce
  • 3/4 c shredded part skim mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Dip each cutlet in egg
  3. Shake off excess and dredge in breadcrumbs
  4. Spray each one with olive oil on both sides
  5. Bake on a cooking sheet for 15 min until they turn golden
  6. Top with marinara, mozzarella and Parmesan
  7. Bake for another 10 min until cheese is bubbly

Baked Lemon Chicken (fake francese)

This one tastes really rich but cuts out all of the excess oil. Winner, winner! Chicken dinner!

Baked Lemon Chicken


  • 1 lb chicken cutlets
  • 1-2 lg eggs, beaten and placed in a shallow bowl
  • 1 c panko
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lg shallot, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 1/4 low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 c Chardonnay
  • 1/3 c fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Preheat a baking sheet
  3. Dip each cutlet in egg
  4. Shake off excess and dredge in panko
  5. Spray each one on both sides with cooking oil
  6. Bake for 10 min
  7. Flip them over and bake for 10 min more
  8. While they bake, melt 1 Tbsp butter and sauté the shallots for about 2 min
  9. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 min
  10. Add stock, wine and lemon juice
  11. Simmer on low for 15 min, stirring occasionally
  12. Strain through a fine sieve and return it to the pan
  13. Turn the heat to med/ low and add remaining butter, 1 Tbsp at a time
  14. Season with salt and pepper and pour over chicken
  15. Garnish with parsley

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

We love this one. It's like homemade Chinese food.

baked honey garlic chicken


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs, beaten in a bowl
  • 1 1/2 c panko in a bowl
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Dip each piece of chicken in egg then roll in panko
  4. Bake for 20 min or until golden
  5. Make the sauce as they bake
  6. In a sauce pan, combine honey, soy sauce and garlic
  7. Bring to a boil
  8. Reduce to simmer, stirring regularly for a few minutes
  9. Toss the cooked chicken bites in sauce
  10. Serve with steamed vegetables and rice

You can use the egg/ breadcrumbs technique on baked cutlets and top them with any of your favorites.

Try it. We think you’ll like it.

Enjoy these baked beauties!

Next time… Stews and Chili

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