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Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

4 servings

This easy baked chicken and zucchini recipe is one of my favorites. I make it often in summer. It's especially good with tomatoes fresh from the garden. —Sheryl Goodnough, Eliot, Maine
Baked Chicken and Zucchini Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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 13x9-in. baking dish.
  3. 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 thermometer reads 170°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Easy Baked Chicken and Zucchini Recipe Tips

How do you make baked chicken not dry?

Brines, marinades and rubs usually prevent dry chicken—so your chicken dish shouldn't be dry. If you want to add extra moisture, try spooning a sauce over your chicken, like in this chicken with dill sauce recipe. (Psst! Make sure you're not making any of these other chicken cooking mistakes.)

How long does baked chicken last?

Cooked chicken typically lasts for about three to four days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If you're questioning it, you're better off safe than sorry. Follow these tips to tell if your chicken has gone bad.

What are other easy baked chicken recipes?

We have plenty of easy baked chicken recipes to try! I recommend our Sheet-Pan Chicken Parmesan or our Pan-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 572 calories, 27g fat (7g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 898mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 49g protein.

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  • Chelsey
    Dec 28, 2020

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  • gunslinger
    Jun 22, 2020

    This was delicious! The chicken was tender and the zucchini firm and cheesy!

  • T.alves
    Jul 24, 2013

    delicious

  • BlaineL
    Jul 20, 2013

    Delicious way to use up my garden zucchini!

  • monicarat5
    Oct 18, 2011

    Good chicken. My zucchini ended up too soggy but the flavor of the entire dish was good!

  • farmerswife518
    Jun 15, 2011

    Excellent!!! I added slices of onion, mushrooms, and lots of fresh garlic to the zucchini. Delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Eileen156
    Sep 8, 2010

    Love,love,love this recipe! I've been making it since it was first published-one of my familys favorites.

  • roxannelorae
    Aug 1, 2010

    Tasty, excellent flavor! Good combination of veggies.

  • kml26385
    Apr 19, 2010

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  • christenoel
    Apr 24, 2009

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