Better-Than-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Comfort foods are named that for a reason! Chef George Duran is as avid a comfort food fan as anyone, but knows they’re not the healthiest choice. This recipe for mozzarella sticks is one of many that he’s adapted to make healthy – all without losing the comforting taste. Try these lightened up mozzarella sticks next time you get a fried food craving!

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Ingredients

  • 12 mozzarella string cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Directions

Remove string cheese from individual packaging and freeze for one hour. Set oven rack to lower third and preheat broiler on high. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Beat egg whites and water and place in a shallow bowl. Mix panko with the rest of the dry ingredients and place into a third shallow bowl. Remove string cheese from freezer and coat with flour, then dip in egg whites, and finally coat with the panko crumb mixture. Carefully place them on a dish or cutting board and spray with the non-stick spray. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes until browned. Using tongs to flip each mozzarella stick carefully and broil for 1-2 minutes until browned. Remove from oven onto a plate and allow the pan to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with warm marinara sauce.