Skinny Grilled Chicken Parmesan

This skinny grilled chicken parmesan recipe is the ultimate guilt free version of a beloved classic. Tender juicy and flavorful pan grilled chicken breasts are topped with basil pesto, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and baked in a fresh quick homemade marinara sauce. The perfect Italian comfort food to serve with pasta, salad or crusty bread! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mahy


  • 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts ( about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 batch of quick homemade marinara sauce
  • 4 teaspoons of basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bring out a 9 inch by 13 inch oven safe plate and pour tow thirds of the marinara sauce at the bottom of the plate. Set aside.
  3. Preheat a cast iron grill pan (or any skillet of your choice) over medium heat and add in the olive oil.
  4. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and dried oregano on both sides.
  5. When the pan is ready, sear the chicken on one side for 3 minutes and then flip it and sear it for an extra 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium low and flip the chicken one last time,and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken onto the marinara sauce in the oven safe plate.
  7. Place a teaspoon of nut free basil pesto on top of each chicken breast and spread it on the entire piece of chicken and then place 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce on top of each chicken breast ( or more to your taste) making sure to cover the entire surface.
  8. Sprinkle the cheeses on top ( about 1/4 cup of cheese in total per chicken piece).
  9. Place the plate in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the chicken absorbs much of the marinara flavour.