I am a Brand Ambassador for Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle Turkey through Crossroads. Thanks for sponsoring Oven Baked Turkey Parmesan. All opinions are my own.
Crispy panko and fresh herbs coat tender turkey cutlets topped with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese for a healthy update on a classic oven baked turkey recipe.
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There are absolutely, positively no good Italian restaurants by us. What is a girl to do when she is craving Italian food? Make it herself, of course. Chicken Parmesan sounded like just the perfect idea. Who doesn’t love a crispy coating along with delicious marinara sauce, and of course, some melted mozzarella cheese? This recipe would be even better with turkey instead of chicken, though. Did you know that 4 oz of raw turkey breast actually has less fat and cholesterol but more protein than chicken? Also 4 oz. raw turkey breast is 1 Weight Watchers Smart point where the same amount of chicken is 2. Ha! That is a huge bonus.
I like to use Honeysuckle White aka Shady Brook Farms (in parts of the country) Turkey. They promise to raise turkeys without any growth promoting antibiotics. I was lucky enough to meet one of their 700 independent family farmers a couple of years ago. I love knowing where my food comes from and promoting a personal relationship with the people who grow it. Many farms have been in the families for generations.
The fact that Farmer Glen made the best kettle corn I have ever had (Actually, the only kettle corn I have ever liked.) has nothing to do with it. Oh I do dream about that kettle corn. I’ve digressed. Back to the point, I like dealing with a company who is doing the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. They are not trying to make more profit, in fact, part of their mission is to make affordable, healthy turkey that everyone can enjoy.
Let’s get back to this Herbed Oven Baked Turkey Parmesan. You are going to love the flavor using turkey cutlets. Check out this nifty little trick I learned from watching Sara Moulton. I placed a large piece of wax paper inside a pie plate and put the panko and herbs on it. This not only keeps the pie plate clean, but I gently pull the wax paper from side to side to coat the turkey. Also notice in the picture above that I seasoned my turkey not the breadcrumbs. I want the salt and pepper to stick to the turkey, not end up at the bottom of the pie plate.
With just 3 minutes of cooking on each side, your turkey cutlets will be done. How easy is that? Super, duper easy. In case you have any doubt, the green flecks of herbs in the crust did not dissuade my green-food hating daughter from eating every single bite and asking for seconds. She then asked that I make it again the next night for dinner. It is rare that I am happy to eat the same meal two nights in a row, but (shh, don’t tell anyone) I would be happy to eat Herbed Oven Baked Turkey Parmesan again and again. It was that good.
This New Year, challenge yourself to not only eat healthfully but find out where your food comes from. You can learn all about Honeysuckle White (Shady Brook Farms, for some of you) on their website.
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Healthy Herbed Turkey Parmesan
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
- 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 lb. Honeysuckle or Shady Farms turkey cutlets About 4 pieces
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1/4 cup marinara sauce*
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Line a pie plate with a large piece of wax paper.
On the wax paper, stir together breadcrumbs and herbs.
Place turkey cutlets on a cutting board and blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Dredge turkey in the breadcrumb mixture pressing on the breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until very hot.
Add the turkey and cook on one side for 3 minutes.
Flip the turkey over. Spoon on one tablespoon of marinara sauce and sprinkle two tablespoons of cheese over each cutlet.
Cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Cover and cook for another minute.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points for this recipe
*If using bottled marinara sauce, be sure to look for the lowest sugar content
Happy Healthy Eating,
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