This lasagna substitutes chicken breasts for the traditional ricotta and Parmesan. It’s made with skinless chicken breasts, reduced-fat cheddar, and whole-wheat pasta. If you want to eat lasagna but are worried about the calories, this is the recipe for you.
Chicken Parmesan is an unrivaled comfort food. The typical preparation of this dish is a calorie bomb due to the abundance of cheese and rich sauce. Our healthier take on chicken Parmesan lasagna has all the same delicious flavor as the original, but with fewer calories. In addition, everything takes place in the Instant Pot®, making preparation and cleanup a breeze.
Lighter Chicken Parmesan Lasagna
- -1 lb. lean chicken meat
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs with Italian seasoning
- a quarter cup of grated Parmesan
- -1 beaten egg
- -1 jar of marinara sauce 24 ounces
- -8 oz. Instant noodles for lasagna
- minus 2 cups of mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup of fresh parsley chopped
- Set oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
- Lasagna noodles need to be cooked in boiling water for about 8 minutes in a large pot. Toss the noodles in cold water after draining them.
- Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, and parsley in a small bowl and mix well.
- In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce.
- Put a third of the noodles on top of the sauce. Cover the noodles with half the ricotta mixture and top with the remaining ricotta and a quarter cup of the Parmesan. Build the dish by alternating layers of noodles, ricotta mixture, and Parmesan. Cover with the remaining tomato sauce, then mozzarella cheese and a pinch of Parmesan.
- For 25 minutes, or until bubbly, bake lasagna.
Adjustments and Changes
Ground chicken, instead of ground beef, is one way to lighten up traditional chicken parm lasagna. Low-fat mozzarella, instead of full-fat mozzarella, is another. Whole wheat lasagna noodles, instead of white lasagna noodles, are another. Homemade tomato sauce, made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs, replaces store-bought tomato sauce.
Advice on Cooking the Meal
First, use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs. Chicken breast is lower in fat and calories, and will still provide plenty of flavor. Second, swap out traditional white pasta for whole wheat pasta. Whole wheat pasta has more fiber and nutrients, and will help you feel full longer. Third, substitute low-fat or fat-free mozzarella cheese for regular mozzarella.
Images of the Completed Meal
Assuming you’ve finished preparing the meal, it’s time to capture its beauty on film. To best convey the dish’s airiness and wholesomeness, your photos should include a variety of close-ups and far-reaching panoramas.
If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to a classic Italian dish, look no further than this lighter chicken parm lasagna recipe. The combination of the light and tasty ingredients will make for an enjoyable meal that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Plus, it’s quick and easy enough to prepare on busy days.