Grilled Chicken Parmesan in Lemon Marinade

Here’s a refreshing take on the classic chicken Parmesan. The chicken in marinaded in lemon and then grilled topped with tomato slices and cheese. The breadcrumb topping is killer on top.

Here's a refreshing take on the classic chicken Parmesan. The chicken in marinaded in lemon and then grilled topped with tomato slices and cheese. The breadcrumb topping is killer on top.

I bet there’s not a person anywhere who doesn’t like chicken Parmesan. Chicken, gooey cheese, tomato sauce and a crunchy crust. Right???

Well, we wanted to do a grilled summery take on this classic dish, but what topic would we put this under on the site. We’re not doing a chicken Parmesan topic. Ohhhh but we should. Yes. We should. Until then, where oh where can this recipe go?

Ha! We plopped the chicken breasts into a marinade and then, Voila! The recipe can go in our current marinade topic. Yippee. So here it is. Chicken breasts that are pounded to an even thickness and then marinated in a lemon mixture. You put them on the grill for a few minutes then flip them over. Top with tomato slices, cheese and some crunchy breadcrumbs. Soooo good.

Grilled Chicken Parmesan in Lemon Marinade

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  •  4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs. total)
  • olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded (not grated) Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • coarse black pepper
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into 8 slices
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8-12 fresh basil leaves
 

Directions:

  1. Flatten the chicken breasts: Put one breast into a large ziptop bag but keep it unzipped. Use a flat mallet or heavy rolling pin to hit the chicken breast at the thickest part. Continue to do so, moving around a bit, until the chicken is of an even thickness of approximately 3/4-inch. Remove chicken from bag and repeat one at a time with remaining breasts.
  2. If the bag is in good shape (no holes) measure 1/4 cup of olive oil and the lemon juice into the bag (or use a new bag or a baking dish). Add the flattened chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Into a small skillet measure the panko, Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. Put over medium-low heat and stir frequently so that the Parmesan doesn't clump up as it melts. Stir and cook until toasted to a golden crunchy brown, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer immediately to a large plate so that the crumbs stop cooking and cool. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct cooking on medium-high heat.
  5. Drain the liquid off of the chicken breasts and discard. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer breasts to prepared grill. Cover and cook until there are nice dark grill marks, 3-4 minutes. Flip the breasts over. Top each one with 2 slightly overlapping slices of tomato, 1/4 cup of the shredded mozzarella and 1/4 of the bread crumbs. Cover and cook just until breasts are cooked through and cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes longer. Transfer to serving plate and top each breast with 2-3 basil leaves.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.