Recently, I made my own lighter version of Chicken Parmesan using a jar of Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce.

I seasoned two chicken breasts with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and grilled them just until they  they were slightly pink.  Since I planned to finish cooking the chicken in the oven with the sauce I didn’t want them to be dry.

I sprayed a baking dish with oil, sliced each breast into three portions and spread Costco’s pesto on top (we keep a jar of this in the fridge).

Then I covered the chicken with the TJ’s sauce (I’ve been able to get three different meals from one jar of sauce). 

I sprinkled the top with grated Parmesan cheese. Covered with foil and baked for about 15 minutes at 350, uncovered the top and baked for about 5 minutes more.


We served it with a spinach salad and vegetables.  Or you could serve it over spaghetti if you want it to be a more rustic dish.  There are several variations you can add…cooked spinach as a layer between sauces, or cook the chicken on a bed of spaghetti squash.