Shortcut Chicken Parm: A Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Dinner

Are you looking for a delicious and effortless dish to make on those busy weeknights? Look no further than Shortcut Chicken Parm! This family favorite recipe puts a twist on a classic dish and uses just 5 ingredients. It’s the perfect dinner hack for when you’re short on time but still want to serve up a meal that everyone will love.

Shortcut Chicken Parm

Ingredients for Shortcut Chicken Parm

To make Shortcut Chicken Parm, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Breaded Chicken Tenderloin Breasts: These frozen chicken tenderloin breasts from Trader Joe’s are a true time-saver. They come out perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, especially when cooked in an air fryer. You’ll need around 2 per dish for this recipe.

  • Marinara Sauce: You can use any marinara sauce you have on hand, but the roasted garlic marinara adds a delicious extra flavor.

  • Capellini: Feel free to use any noodles you prefer, but thin capellini noodles work particularly well in this recipe. They have a delightful texture and cook faster than regular spaghetti noodles.

  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese: For a gooey and cheesy outcome, slice up a ball of fresh mozzarella and place it over the marinara sauce. If you have shredded mozzarella to use up, that works too!

  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan is a great choice for this recipe. It adds a homemade touch that perfectly complements the frozen breaded chicken. However, any parmesan cheese will work just fine.

Ingredients for Shortcut Chicken Parm

Making Shortcut Chicken Parm in 5 Simple Steps

Making Shortcut Chicken Parm is a breeze. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and grease a baking dish.

  2. Arrange the frozen breaded chicken in an even layer in the baking dish. Top it with marinara sauce, mozzarella slices, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

  3. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until it’s cooked through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  4. While the chicken is baking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the capellini noodles according to the package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water before draining the noodles. Toss them with a little bit of pasta water and marinara sauce, then season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  5. Serve the cooked noodles in a bowl and top them with the Chicken Parm. If desired, garnish with parsley for an extra touch of freshness.

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Feel free to get creative and serve the Chicken Parm over mashed potatoes instead of noodles. Trader Joe’s offers a convenient frozen mashed potatoes bag that can be easily prepared by heating it in a saucepan and adding your favorite seasonings.

If you’d like to see a video tutorial on how to make this dish, check it out here.

Get ready to enjoy a delicious homemade meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Shortcut Chicken Parm is the solution for those hectic days when you want to satisfy everyone’s cravings with minimal effort.