Baked Chicken and Zucchini

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This was one of my favorite recipes that I started cooking with. Deb Warner got us a subscription to quick cooking and this was in it. I just don't get it as often as I'd like

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4

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Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup dry bread crumbs
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
5 medium zucchini, sliced
4 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 cup (4 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh basil

Method

In a shallow bowl, beat egg, water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside 2 tablespoons bread crumbs. Place the remaining crumbs in a large resealable plastic bag. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then place in bag and shake to coat.

In a large skillet, cook chicken in 2 tablespoons oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute zucchini in remaining oil until crisp-tender; drain. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.

Sprinkle the reserved bread crumbs over the zucchini. Top with tomato slices; sprinkle with 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, basil and remaining salt. Top with chicken. Cover and bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Analysis: One chicken breast half with about 3/4 cup vegetables equals 572 calories, 27 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 169 mg cholesterol, 898 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 49 g protein.

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