1/4 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small onion, chopped
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1 14-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups from a 28-ounce can)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley
Cut chicken breast in half on the diagonal to make 2 roughly equal portions. Place between pieces of plastic wrap and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and 1/2 tablespoon oil in a small bowl; set aside.
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour in crushed tomatoes; add Italian seasoning, salt and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Return the pan to medium heat and cook, stirring, until the onion is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juice to the pan. Turn to coat with the sauce.
Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese over each piece of chicken, then top with the reserved breadcrumb mixture. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. (Watch carefully to prevent burning). Serve the chicken with the sauce, sprinkled with basil (or parsley).
TIPS & NOTES
To make your own dry breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian’s brand, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.
Per serving: 396 calories; 20 g fat (6 g sat, 11 g mono); 80 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 6 g total sugars; 35 g protein; 4 g fiber; 601 mg sodium; 661 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (37% daily value), Calcium (32% dv), Iron & Potassium (19% dv), Vitamin B12 (16% dv)