Chicken Parmesan Bites w/ Cheesy Marinara and Whole Wheat Pasta



Servings - 4     Serving Size - 3 chicken "bites", 1/2 cup cheesy marinara, 2 oz. (dry) whole wheat pasta     Points Plus per Serving - 13 Points+
Calories - 503.7,   Total Fat - 9.8g,   Carb. - 66.7g,   Protein - 39.5g,   Fiber - 7.9g


16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, ( 4 boneless breasts ) cut into 3 chunks each
1/2 cup eggbeaters ( you will have leftover to discard )
1/2 cup dry, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
2 TBS. grated Parmesan cheese
dash of garlic powder
salt and pepper, to liking
1 tsp. dried parsley 
1 TBS olive oil
8 oz., dry, whole wheat pasta of your choice ( I used thin spaghetti ) 
2 cups marinara sauce ( such as Mids ) 
2 wedges of Light Laughing Cow Garlic and Herbs cheese
extra Parmesan and parsley for garnish ( optional )


1.  In shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, panko, 2 TBS Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried parsley, and salt and pepper.  Dredge the cut chicken pieces in eggbeaters and then coat in breadcrumb mixture.  
2.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Cover a large baking sheet with foil and put an oven safe rack on top.  Spray all with cooking spray.  Set aside.  Heat a large nonstick skillet with 1 TBS olive oil over med-high heat.  Brown the chicken pieces, being careful not to overcrowd pan, on all sides.  Chicken does not have to be done all the way.  It will finish cooking in oven while you prepare pasta and sauce.  Remove browned chicken pieces to prepared rack and place in preheated oven to cook all the way through.  
3.  Fill large pot with generously salted water.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, heat marinara sauce with Laughing Cow Cheese wedges, stirring often to break apart the wedges and help them melt. ( They don't melt very easily...so you will need to tend to them a bit to help them along)  Drain pasta when done.  Check the chicken for doneness.  At this point it should be cooked all the way through. 
4.  Plate dishes with pasta, 1/2 cup sauce, and three pieces of chicken.  Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired. 
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