Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken

Here’s a good idea for using up your pumpkin puree all year long:  Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This easy dinner recipe is something your whole family will enjoy.  I improved the nutrition on classic baked Parmesan Chicken by substituting a large component of the fat with LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin.

A lot of people don’t realize that pumpkin can be used as a substitution for butter, oil and eggs- which cuts fat, calories and cholesterol from your favorite recipes.  Pumpkin is considered a superfood!  It’s a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotine.  I’ve partnered with LIBBY’S Pumpkin to share with you how to use pumpkin in recipes all year long!

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

In this recipe, pumpkin is blended with Parmesan, spices and a tiny bit of mayonnaise to create a delicious topping for baked chicken.  You can store your leftover pumpkin in a re-sealable container in the fridge for up to one week (to use in other recipes).  Or you can store it in a freezer-safe container for up to three months in your freezer.

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Halfway through baking your chicken, more Parmesan is sprinkled on top.

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

The result is a delicious and moist baked chicken with a flavorful topping.

Cool pumpkin facts!

  • You can improve the nutrition of your cake or brownies by replacing the fat or oil with LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin.
  • Add 1/4 cup of LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin into 1 cup of store-bought hummus for a touch of color and added natural flavor.
  • LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin is exactly that- 100% Pure Pumpkin, which has no added salt, no added sugar, no flavorings or preservatives {it naturally contains sugar (5g) and salt (5mg)}

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This recipe was taste-test approved by five people who happened to be milling about my house.  I got some big eyebrows when I told them there was pumpkin in the recipe- they were super curious to see how this chicken was going to taste.  Big thumbs-up all around upon tasting a few bites.  The pumpkin works wonders to keep the chicken tender while baking, and it makes for a fabulous pairing with the Parmesan cheese too!

Baked Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 4 medium boneless chicken breasts (or two large... about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a medium casserole dish with nonstick spray. 2.  Place the chicken breasts in the prepared casserole dish.  In a medium bowl, stir together the pumpkin, 3/4 cup Parmesan, mayonnaise, garlic and onion powder, parsley, salt and a generous sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.  Divide the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts, patting to cover the tops. 3.  Bake 30 minutes, uncovered.  Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top of the chicken.  Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.
Nutrition:
  • WEIGHT WATCHERS Freestyle SmartPoints: 5
  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use a brand of mayonnaise that is known to be GF.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com

Here are a few more recipes utilizing pumpkin for dinner that you might enjoy:

Disclosure:  I’ve partnered with LIBBY’S Pumpkin to share ideas about how you can use pumpkin in your recipes all year long.  I only partner with brands that I use already in the Recipe Girl kitchen.  This is a product that I know and love and use in my kitchen quite often!