Chicken parmesan with Hellmann’s

My daughters are notoriously picky eaters. And it’s not like the little one gets it from her big sister, as they’re complete opposites. Maura (4 years old) is all about pasta, tofu, potatoes, seafood… nothing green anywhere near her plate. Not even a tiny little pea. She loves sauces, though. Even spicy curries. Everything has to be well combined; each bite full of flavor. Maya, on the other hand, wrinkles her nose anytime I attempt to get her to try fish; she’s a carnivore through and through, but she does like her veggies… she’d eat broccoli every night if I let her! Nothing on her plate can touch, however, and she eats each food on her plate separately. First the veggies, then the protein, and lastly the rice or pasta. It’s so weird and incredibly annoying. I tell myself that they’ll grow out of all this soon enough, right? RIGHT?

When the girls help me out in the kitchen, they’re much more likely to eat whatever it is we make. A few nights ago we prepared Hellmann’s ‘Succulent Chicken Parmesan’ together. It was so easy and delicious! Here’s the recipe:


4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes       Cook Time: 23 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (I used regular bread crumbs and added my own spices!)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs)
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz)


  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Combine bread crumbs with parmesan cheese in shallow dish; set aside.


  • Add chicken and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise to large plastic bag; shake to evenly coat.


  • Remove chicken, then lightly coat in crumb mixture.


  • Arrange chicken on baking sheet.


  • Bake 20 minutes.


  • Evenly top chicken with pasta sauce, then mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 3 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and cheese is melted.

Hellmann's Succulent Chicken Parmesan

.The chicken was juicy, with just enough cheese and sauce in each bite. I served it with broccoli and a little whole-wheat penne. The girls cleaned their plates. Well, except Maura, who pushed the broccoli around until I couldn’t take it anymore… but the chicken she loved!

Visit Hellmann’s for the original recipe.
Read my post about Hellmann’s Cranberry Orange Stuffing-Crusted Chicken, too!

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  1. SaraU says

    Son number 2 would rather NOT have things combined, like a stirfry or casserole, so before I combine the ingredients, I give him the separate items on his own plate, and only then do the combining.

  2. Susan Hartman says

    When my children were young I avoided things they really hated. Thank God there wasn’t that much. I also might serve a couple of veggie. They could have one or both.

  3. Andrea v says

    I try to keep it simple and a variety so if they dont like one things they can eat the other item on their plate.

  4. renee says

    That chicken DOES look good!
    I am blessed with the most unpicky eater in the world, but since she has tons of extra curricular activities we are short on time. I have to rely on crock pot meals quite often, and we do eat out a lot.

  5. April V says

    I try to get an early start on prep work for dinner by doing all i can beforehand. that way I’m not rushing around like a mad women when its time to eat. It just becomes alot simpler when I spread it out a little.

  6. Christina says

    I use my crock pot a lot to manage the time crunch! I’ve also just started to make ahead and freeze meals.

  7. Vicki Wurgler says

    the boys are not picky eaters-they love noodle dishes and soups-which I usually have and can make quickly

  8. Jennifer V says

    I try to get my son to at least try a bite of whatever “new” food we’re having. Little by little, he’s starting to like more veggies.

  9. Ellie W says

    I try to make good use of my Crock Pot. In the summer we use our grill a lot and I try to buy foods that can grill quickly.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  10. debbie jackson says

    i may them try everything on their plate and make fun shapes and animals with food
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  11. betsy cortez says

    I keep raviolis and sauce in the freezer to put together a quick dinner when needed.

  12. Kelly D says

    I usually make one thing I need my kids will enjoy, like shrimp and then they will be a little more willing to eat a few veggies that they don’t care for as much.

  13. Paula Tavernie says

    Most of our meals I cook in a Crock Pot! I dont have to tend to it very much! Cooks itself!
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  14. Shannon Baas says

    My kids are not pickye eaters. I have made them try new things wheneve possible, even if it’s just one bite.

  15. Sheryl Granholm says

    steam your vegetables! they have more flavor and the picky eaters will tend to eat them over raw ones!

  16. jeanne conner says

    My daughter is real picky, but she loves ranch dressing.. So I let her put it on whatever she wants, and it gets eaten..

  17. deana c says

    With 3 busy kids getting dinner on the table is always a struggle. I try to prepare meals for the week on Sunday to make things easier!

  18. Charlotte Winters says

    I always manage to have my son’s favorite items on hand. Fish Sticks, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. We also have breakfast for dinner some nights and this is a big fave of his.

  19. Briann Neeley says

    i have 2 picky eaters in my house! My husband and my 3 year old. I find things that they like and enhance them a little bit! I found my daughter and husband both love chicken and rice! So i will make sesame chicken, fried chicken or any chicken and they will always eat it!

  20. Karen Gonyea says

    I make double of everything and we eat the same thing two nights in a row so that I only have to cook every other night :)

  21. Savannah Miller says

    My 4 year old is a picky eater and right now our dinners are very stressful. He cries and refuses to eat. They way me and my husband deal with it is that he is not allowed to leave the table until he eats all his food…. It doesn’t work but only after a lot of crying :( WIsh I had a better way to deal with it!

  22. Athela says

    Thanks for sharing with us this delicious idea, I do love to try this one of a kind recipe… I love cooking and I’m so excited to explore it…