Chicken Mozzarella…an easy one skillet meal loaded with Italian flavor! The trick to this quick 1 skillet weeknight meal is using my favorite jarred marinara sauce and I show you how to keep the chicken juicy!
5 Net Carbs
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2 Chicken Breast (12 ounces total)
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, Divided
Salt and pepper
1 24oz Rao’s Marinara (or your favorite sugar-free marinara)
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tablespoons Avocado oil
Sharp Chef Knife
Oven Safe Skillet
Place the chicken breast on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut each breast in half lengthwise (see notes) resulting in 4 chicken cutlets.
Season each side of the chicken breast cutlets with salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
Add the avocado oil to a large oven proof skillet (such as cast iron or stainless steel) and heat over medium-high heat. Brown each side of the chicken cutlets and cook until a meat thermometer reads an internal temperature of 150F.
Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and set aside. Pour the marinara in the skillet and scrape any browned bit from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Return the chicken to the pan and top each cutlet with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, followed by the rest of the Italian seasoning.
Trun your oven on HI Broil and set the rack to the middle of the oven. Place the mozzarella chicken in the oven and broil until the cheese becomes browned and bubbly…about 5-8 minutes
Remove from the oven and check for proper chicken temperature of 165F using your meat thermometer. Serve.
To cut the chicken in half lengthwise – place one hand flat on top of a chicken breast and, holding your knife parallel to the cutting board, slice it horizontally from the thick end to the thin end.
Avocado Oil – Better for searing as it has a higher smoke point than olive oil or butter.
Avoid Overcooked Chicken – Sear the chicken breast until the internal temperature is around 150F. This will allow us to continue to cook the chicken in the oven without it over cooking.
Oven Safe Skillet – If you do not own an oven safe skillet, you can brown each chicken cutlet in any skillet you have and pour the marinara sauce into a casserole dish, followed by the browned chicken and the cheese. Continue with step 5.
Checking for Doneness – To properly check the meats internal temperature, you need to check the temperature of the center of the meat.
Nutrition – Calculated based on 12 ounces of chicken breast. 1 serving is 1 chicken mozzarella cutlet and 1/4th of the sauce
Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g