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Best Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

March 26, 2018

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Best Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Instant Pot for the Time and Clean Eating Win!

Healthy chicken parmesan recipe


Healthy chicken parmesan recipe

I’m not sure what it is about this time of the year, but everything schedule-wise seems to be completely insane!  Meal planning and prepping are what really helps me to stay on budget and within my meal plan, but sometimes… it is just hard to even make it to the store!

So I’ve been looking for mealtime solutions that are easy but also not full of junk.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes it’s a lot easier to just get something prepackaged or order takeout when your schedule is crazy.  But I know that when I’m eating better, I feel better, and I have more energy!

So, my Instant Pot has been getting a lot of love lately!  I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and it’s been the most used appliance in our home lately!

Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Parmesan = Good for you comfort food!

When I’m focused on clean eating I often miss out on comfort food favorites, like chicken parmesan.  I don’t know about you but when we’re busy, it’s easy to order a pizza or some yummy takeout.  But this week I was determined to find something that was easy to make and could be a cleaned up comfort food!  The ingredients are simple and few!

This instant pot healthy chicken parmesan recipe is perfect for healthy eating because it is lightened up and you can make it in a jiffy with your Instant Pot!  Not to worry, if you don’t own a glorious Instant Pot just yet, you can scroll down for details on how to create this healthy recipe using your stove top.  But seriously, put an Instant Pot on your wish list.  You’ll thank me later. 🙂

Best Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Parmesan

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Looking for another yummy clean eating weeknight dinner?

What is your favorite type of food?  I honestly don’t think I could pick just one.  But topping the list definitely has to be Mexican or Italian.

Speaking of yummy Mexican recipes, if you’re looking for another delicious and easy healthy dinner or lunch recipe, this healthy chicken quesadilla recipe is the most popular post on my blog!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!  Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure these chicken parm ingredients would taste pretty amazing as a quesadilla too! #yum

Another fave!  This Weeknight Italian Chicken weeknight recipe is super yummy too, especially with gluten free coating and delicious balsamic glaze!

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Bonus tip!  Check out Thrive Market or your local grocer and pick up Newman’s Own Marinara.  I love the low sugar content and clean ingredients.  Definitely a winner for this recipe!

Don’t have an instant pot?  Here are the stovetop directions!

Check out the recipe below for ingredients!  You can print the Instant Pot directions below!

Stovetop Directions:

  1.  Chicken can be pan-sauteed in 2 TB olive oil and spices for 3 minutes.
  2.  Coat chicken with covering of pasta sauce.
  3.  Let chicken simmer over medium-low heat in sauce via skillet for approximately 5 minutes or until cooked through.  Always make sure your chicken is cooked to 165 degrees before serving.

But if you are interested in getting an Instant pot, here is the one I use.  Seriously a lifesaver my friends!

Sandwich or zoodles, your pick!

This recipe is delicious on its own served over zucchini noodles.  Danielle Walker has my favorite Zoodles recipe that I use all of the time!  Even my oldest loves zoodles, they are that good!

But for this time, I turned it into a healthy chicken parmesan sandwich!  Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring.  The last thing I want to do is to eat plain rice and boiled chicken every night.  With just a few tweaks you can turn your comfort food and family favorites into clean eating and healthy versions.

I would also pair this with a yummy and fresh greens salad!  I loved this Italian Dressing Recipe by the Whole Cook.  Perfect pairing wouldn’t you say?

What is your favorite unhealthy meal that you would love to see a lightened up spin on?  Tell me in the comments!

Best Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe for Clean Eating

Category: Dinners, Lunch

Servings: approx 2 servings

healthy baked chicken parmesan sandwich


  • One pound chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • Medium jar low sugar marinara sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Basil, chiffonade
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat up your pressure cooker: hit Saute and adjust to "more". Wait until Instant Pot reads "HOT"
  2. Add olive oil to Instant Pot, add chicken and saute for 3 or so minutes, stirring constantly. Be careful not to leave any parts stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Hit cancel to stop saute mode.
  4. Add enough sauce to just cover the chicken. Coat chicken thoroughly by stirring.
  5. Close Instant Pot lid and cook on manual pressure for 5 minutes on high. Let release naturally for 10 minutes then turn off. Release remaining pressure (be mindful not to put your hand or face near spout). Once released, open the lid.
  6. Chicken can be served over zoodles with basil and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese sprinkled over top. Let chicken mixture rest in Instant Pot on "keep warm" mode if sauce is too thin upon completion.
  7. For baked sandwiches, spoon half of the chicken mixture into lavash or other flat bread. Sprinkle each serving with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and basil. Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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  • Katie Wilson

    March 27, 2018 at 9:27 am

    What scrumptious and tantilizing pictures! Putting this in a wrap is a great idea and affords all kinds of “dinner on the go” options. I often find with busy lives non-portable food seems to stay on my menu & ambition list rather than make it to our bellies. Thank you for sharing!


      April 4, 2018 at 7:10 am

      You’re right! Portability is definitely key! thanks Katie!

  • Ashley

    March 27, 2018 at 9:44 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love chicken parmesan, and I love finding easy, healthy alternatives for the foods I love most. Thanks so much for this!


      April 4, 2018 at 7:10 am

      I agree! love lightening up not so healthy favorites!!

  • Cait

    March 27, 2018 at 9:55 am

    oh my gosh yes! i def need to get an instant pot bc this look amazing!


      April 4, 2018 at 7:06 am

      My instant pot is my best friend!! I def recommend one!

  • Kristin’s Peppermints and Cherries

    March 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Thank you for including the stove top directions for those of us without an Instant Pot! Your photos are great! It’s only breakfast time, but I could be hungry for lunch before too long!


      April 4, 2018 at 7:06 am

      you got it!! I know, it makes me so hungry too! Thanks Kristin!

  • Cassie |White Sands and Cool Breezes

    March 27, 2018 at 11:40 am

    This sounds so yummy. Don’t have an instant pot so the stove top will have to work for now 🙂 I’ll be trying this recipe soon. Thanks!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:53 am

      glad you liked it Cassie!

  • Sara

    March 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    This looks so yummy! I don’t have an instant pot but have heard so many raving reviews…maybe it’s time to get one!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:53 am

      You definitely need one! I love mine!

  • Sarah Althouse

    March 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    The fact that it is healthy AND made in an instant pot makes me already love it!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:52 am

      I agree!! It’s a double bonus!

  • Kasey Gilsbach

    March 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Yum!!! I love chicken parm so I definitely have to give this a go!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:52 am

      it’s so good right?? Thanks Kasey!

  • Kelsie

    March 27, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t have an instant pot but this is making me soo hungry and looks sooo yummy!!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:52 am

      You can definitely still make it without an Instant Pot!! But you need one too ha!

  • Holly

    March 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, this looks so good! Chicken parm is one of my favorite meals. I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, so I really want to try this…also love how easy it looks to make!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:51 am

      I love it too!! both the healthy and unhealthy versions LOL! glad you got a chance to check it out, thanks Holly!

  • This Mum At Home

    March 28, 2018 at 7:27 am

    mmmmmmmmmmm looks so yummy! Ill be adding this to my meal plan this week!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:50 am

      hope you love it!!! It’s on regular rotation around here!

  • kara

    March 28, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Instant pot recipes are amazing! This looks so good too!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:49 am

      I love my Instant Pot! Thanks for checking it out Kara!

  • Leah

    March 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Love my instant pot! This looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Instant Pot for the win!!! thanks Leah!

  • The Southern Thing

    March 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I need to try this! I love cooking in the Instant Pot!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:48 am

      I do too! Makes my life so much easier 🙂

  • Autumn

    March 29, 2018 at 7:08 am

    This looks so easy and delicious. Thanks for this recipe as it looks like a keeper!


      April 4, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Thanks Autumn! Hope you enjoy it!

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