Tasty Low-Calorie 5:2 Diet Recipe:
Garlic, Herb and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Schnitzels
This recipe for low-calorie Garlic, Herb and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Schnitzels is as old as the hills, and I have been making these forever, but, then the last time I was cooking these fillets, I thought they really cannot be that high in calories, if oven baked and with less breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese added – so, I decided to create a tasty, low-calorie version that would be perfect for “Fast Days” for anyone following the 5:2 Diet, as I am. I have listed the calorie count for each ingredient below, and there is also a printable recipe towards the end of my post, as usual, for ease of replicating this fabulous recipe in your own kitchens!
These chicken schnitzels can be prepared beforehand too, well up to the crumb stage, although the crumbs can also be mixed and stored in a container so all you have to do when you are ready to cook them is the dip the chicken into the crumb, turn on the oven and you are away. As you can see I served this tasty chicken lunch on my lovely Churchill China plates – I work with Churchill China as their British Blogger, and this Penzance pattern is not only pretty, but it is practical too as the dinnerware is dishwasher proof. I have mentioned this before, I know, but there is something very nice about eating off (and drinking from) beautiful china, and it’s nice to sit down to a pretty plate of food in all senses too!
The calorie count for these delectable schnitzels is listed below, and where calories were wildly different, that happens a lot, I have taken the mean average and plumped down the middle – I have also given two weights for the chicken as they do vary in size.
Calories in Garlic, Herb and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Schnitzels
100g chicken breast, skinless and boneless = 170 calories
125g chicken breast, skinless and boneless = 212 calories
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese = 22 calories
1 tablespoon dried breadcrumbs = 20 calories
Dried herbs and seasonings = add about 10 calories for all of them)
Total: 222 calories to 264 calories
(depending on the weight of the chicken breast)
When served with some steamed curly kale (30 calories) and an oven baked tomato (20 calories), the whole meal is a “how low can you go” 272 calories for the smaller weight of chicken and JUST over 300 calories for the larger chicken, not bad at all, and the recipe is totally delicious and filling too. It also feels a little naughty when you eat it, I suppose the baked chicken assumes the same treat value as Southern Fried Chicken maybe, but, it is a very successful recipe that we also enjoy on non-diet days, albeit with chips sometimes! I hope you enjoy this recipe if you make it as much as we do, and these schnitzels are also great when taken on a picnic, OR when sandwiched between crusty bread as a sandwich, and again NOT on a diet day! That’s it for today, see you soon with more recipes and general kitchen chat, not long until the weekend now! Karen
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As this recipe has dried herbs in the crumb coating mixture, I am adding it to my own challenge for