{Easy + Healthy} Chicken Parmesan Skillet

Overhead shot of farro skillet with chicken topped with melted cheese.

This Healthy Chicken Parmesan Skillet with Farro is an easy to prepare, hearty & healthy dinner that will be on your table in a hurry.

This recipe is what happens when I set my mind to making a traditional dish easier and healthier.

I’m a huge fan of chicken parmesan. With its breading, the tangy marinara sauce, and the melty cheese. But I’m not a fan of making it at home. Why?

  1. I dread the breading process. It makes such a huge mess and dirties so many dishes.
  2. I’m not a fan of frying. It makes the kitchen smell and scatters grease everywhere.

So my version doesn’t bread the chicken and doesn’t fry it. And in doing those two things, we actually make this chicken parmesan healthier too. Plus, I’m mixing it together with a healthy and nutritious grain, farro. Making this dinner extra hearty and super delicious.

What is Farro?

Farro is a grain. It has a great bite to it and a somewhat nutty flavor. It’s a bit like amped up brown rice and it’s extremely nutritious. It’s packed with protein, fiber and nutrients like zinc, vitamin B, and magnesium.

You should be able to find farro easily in your grocery store near the rice.

My go-to brand is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro. Bob’s Red Mill is an employee-owned company that focuses on products that are non-GMO and kosher, with many of the products, like this farro, being organic and vegan. I’m so excited to see that lots of stores now have a full-on Bob’s Red Mill section with all of their great products. It’s my favorite section in the store. I always love checking out their newest products and ones that I haven’t tried before. 

Ingredients for chicken parmesan skillet bake.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Easy

  • Cook the farro in boiling water. Meanwhile, make the chicken parmesan.
  • Cut the chicken into pieces so that it cooks quickly and season with Italian seasoning.
  • Add a jar of marinara sauce (or a few cups of homemade marinara sauce).
  • When the farro is finished, add it to the skillet with mozzarella & parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy!

How to Make Healthy Chicken Parmesan

  • To make this chicken parmesan healthier we’re skipping the breading process, adding in some kale, and combining it with nutritious farro.

What to Serve With Chicken Parmesan

I hope you love this Healthy Chicken Parmesan recipe as much as I do! If you do, I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Overhead shot of farro skillet with chicken topped with melted cheese.

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Skillet with Farro

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken parmesan skillet, chicken parmesan with farro, healthy chicken parmesan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 380 kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro
  • 3 cups bone broth or chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 5 ounces kale chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil plus extra for topping
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain farro. Place in a pot with broth and salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer 30 minutes. Drain any excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add chicken and season with Italian seasoning and salt & pepper. Cook about 4-5 minutes or until chicken is mostly cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Return chicken to the skillet. Add marinara sauce, 1 cup water, kale, basil and balsamic vinegar and simmer on low until farro is finished cooking.
  5. Stir in farro and 1/4 cup each of the Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. 

  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Remove skillet from heat, cover and let sit 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chicken Parmesan Skillet with Farro
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1277mg 53%
Potassium 1056mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 60.7%
Vitamin C 47.7%
Calcium 23.1%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I teamed up with Bob’s Red Mill to bring you this post. I love their products and I think you will to! As always, all opinions are my own. 

What Wine with Chicken Parmesan?

  • Try a light-bodied red wine like a Barbera or Pinot Noir that will will stand up to the acidity and richness in this dish.
  • For a fun option, give Lambrusco a try. It’s an Italian red sparkling wine with just a hint of sweetness to it that will pair well with the tomato sauce in this dish.

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5 comments

  1. Amanda


    This looks so delicious! I love the idea of using farro too!

    Reply

  2. jennie lamancuso


    Erin, this so easy and delicious. I also do not like the breading process – it makes such a mess! So this is a great way around that process. Thank You!

    Reply

  3. Jill


    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy! My husband does not care for pasta but I love Italian flavors.. this satisfied both of us, and was hearty and healthy! I used an entire bunch of kale and added a half can of chickpeas that I needed to use up. Will definitely make again!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you both liked it Jill! I love your idea to add in some chickpeas!

      Reply

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