Healthy Oven Baked Turkey Parmesan

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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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My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Oven Baked Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

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.

My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

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.

My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

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.
My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

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My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

Healthy Herbed Turkey Parmesan

Course Main Dish, Turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 236 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Line a pie plate with a large piece of wax paper.
  2. On the wax paper, stir together breadcrumbs and herbs.
  3. Place turkey cutlets on a cutting board and blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Dredge turkey in the breadcrumb mixture pressing on the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until very hot.
  6. Add the turkey and cook on one side for 3 minutes.
  7. Flip the turkey over. Spoon on one tablespoon of marinara sauce and sprinkle two tablespoons of cheese over each cutlet.
  8. Cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Cover and cook for another minute.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points for this recipe
*If using bottled marinara sauce, be sure to look for the lowest sugar content

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Herbed Turkey Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 33g 66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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My daughter loved it and asked for Herbed Turkey Parmesan again the next night. Love that it is a healthy dinner recipe. #ad

 

Comments

  1. This looks like my next dinner! Love the herb crust, and the cheese on top is killer. Love it!
  2. Chicken parmesan is one of my favorite dishes but using turkey does seem healthier and really good!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Marye, I actually enjoyed Parmesan more with the turkey than chicken. Turkey is replacing chicken in our house.
  3. I hear you with the no good Italian restaurants near by! And I crave Italian food a lot :) Love these turkey Parmesans! I am more of an eggplant girl, but if I make both, I can at least keep my husband away from my portions with these awesome ones!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I love eggplant parm too. I just haven't figured out how to lighten it to my satisfaction yet. Luckily this Herbed Turkey Parmesan was so good, I will make it again and again.
  4. I had no idea that turkey was better for you than chicken! and we love chicken parm, so this is getting added to our menu for sure - and I LOVE that breading tip
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I feel like my eyes have been opened to a whole new world with turkey. I am using turkey in everything as a replacement for chicken. Yum!
  5. This looks amazing. I'm pretty sure this will impress a bunch of guests.
  6. I love subbing turkey for chicken--I think it has more flavor! And any effort to lighten up an otherwise heavy dish is the perfect occasion to do so. Yum!
  7. I'm going to have to try out that waxed paper tip. I always make a mess when I am breading things. Can't say that I"ve ever tried turkey with marinara sauce or in an Italian dish before! I'm all for trying new things.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      The wax paper worked so well. The turkey matched so well with marinara. I will be replacing chicken with turkey in almost everything.
  8. Sounds lovely, I wish we had a turkey producer here who was to be trusted. i would make this in an absolute flash if I could. So there are no Italian restaurants near you?. I'll share a few with you if you like there are too many here!
  9. This looks so good - and healthy! Perfect for our January resolutions! I'll be on the lookout for turkey cutlets - but I guess I could use chicken breasts as well, right?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Lisa, You could use chicken although nutritionally turkey is actually better for you. You can always buy a turkey breast and cut it into cutlets.
  10. I love using parmesan for my dinner dishes. Sprinkle here and there. Adds so much flavor. Delicious!
  11. Oh my goodness! You have me drooling over here. Your Herbed Turkey Parmesan looks AMAZING!!! This is a recipe I will be trying for sure soon!!
  12. My family would love this dish! We've made chicken parmesan before but I really need to try using more turkey to switch it up once in a while. This looks so delicious, Christie!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I think you will love the turkey in place of chicken in this recipe. Then you will never want to go back to chicken.
  13. Oh my gosh...how can that be? No Italian restaurants? I think we have one on about every corner! No matter, you've solved that problem by making these delicious looking cutlets! YUM!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      We live in a more rural area which is great except for the restaurants. Luckily this recipe is so quick and easy, I'll be happy to eat it rather than go out.
  14. Yum. I love how moist turkey breast can be. I am totally trying this
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Herbed Turkey Parmesan was really moist and the taste of the turkey went so well with the Italian flavors.
  15. Sounds like such a flavorful and healthy meal! I really loved that you used turkey!
  16. Oh my gosh! That wax paper trick is genius! I never thought to do that. :) And I am loving this healthier take on a chicken parm.
  17. What a great idea! I never buy turkey cutlets because I never know what to do with them. These sound delicious!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      You can use turkey cutlets in place of chicken in almost any recipe. They are lower in saturated fat and taste delicious.
  18. This looks delicious, great spin on a classic recipe! Easy recipes are my favorite!
  19. This looks amazing, Such a great twist on chicken parm! My family will love it!
  20. This looks so tasty, and I love the tip to use wax paper. I was breading chicken tonight, and had a bunch of leftover crumbs, so I'll have to try this next time. :)
  21. You always make such delicious but healthy things! Totally trying this!
  22. Really great tip for adding the breading, Christie. I don't often think to buy turkey cutlets and I don't know why not. Thank you for introducing this recipe to me, I'm looking forward to trying it.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Turkey is not used enough. I am now buying it much more than chicken. It certainly makes a delicious parmesan.
  23. I never had turkey parmesan before!! I don't know why.... This dish sounds so delicious right now!!
  24. What a great sounding and simple dish, perfect mideweek fayre for us!

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