When I’ve had a long day I’m usually not looking to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but sometimes on those days I do want a hearty, comforting meal. This chicken parmesan is the most delicious and easy solution.
Chicken parmesan (sometimes also called chicken parmigiana) is crispy chicken that is covered in a bright, herb-filled homemade marinara sauce and smothered in melted mozzarella and parmesan. It feels decadent and yet it’s a fairly healthy meal that’s packed full of protein.
This chicken parm recipe calls for baking the chicken rather than frying it. This cuts down on cleanup and the active cooking time which means that I have time to make the quick homemade sauce to spoon over top of it.
If this is your first time making chicken parmesan, know that this is an easy recipe that will get dinner on the table in nearly no time!
Common Questions about Chicken Parmesan
Is chicken parmesan Italian?
While it is clearly inspired by Italian cuisine, chicken parmesan is not a dish that you’d be likely to find if you visit Italy. Not only was it not created there, but it is not customary to eat chicken with pasta in Italy — the protein is usually reserved for other courses.
How can I keep chicken parmesan from becoming soggy?
This is usually only an issue when you are frying and the key to that is to have the oil hot enough. For this dish, you could encounter some minor sogginess of the breading after storing it in the refrigerator but reheating it in the oven (as opposed to a microwave) should fix that.
How can I keep breaded chicken from drying out when baking?
If you tend to have a hard time keeping chicken moist when you’re baking it you can brine your chicken in a water and salt mixture for about 30 minutes.
Making Chicken Parmesan Ahead of Time
You can make chicken parmesan all the way through the step of breading and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. Make sure to cover it tightly and keep other refrigerator items at a distance to avoid contamination from raw chicken and eggs.
Chicken parmesan can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Refrigerator: Store this chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container or wrapped in aluminum foil. You can also store it in a casserole dish covered with plastic wrap.
Freezing: Using a freezer bag or a freezer-safe container, freeze chicken for up to 3 months. For best results, it may be helpful to freeze chicken without the sauce.
Tips For The Best Chicken Parmesan
This recipe gets great results every time but there are a few things you can do to make sure it turns out best.
- Pound the chicken – If you want to ensure that your chicken breast fillets won’t be tough, wrap it in sheets of plastic wrap and pound it out.
- Two-handed dipping – Using one hand to dip the chicken in the egg mixture and the other hand to dredge it through the breadcrumbs prevents the crumbs from winding up in the eggs. It also keeps the crumbs from clumping up on your hands.
- Chill the chicken – Allow the breaded chicken to sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking to help keep the breading on during the cooking process.
- Olive oil divided
- Boneless skinless chicken breast
- Large eggs
- Yellow onion diced
- Garlic cloves minced
- Tomato puree use tomato sauce as a replacement
- Italian seasoning
- Granulated sugar
- Mozzarella cheese diced or shredded
- Shredded parmesan cheese
- A handful of fresh basil
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
This delicious dish only requires some simple supplies.
How to Make Chicken Parmesan
While chicken parmesan does require a few steps to make it, the recipe is fairly straightforward and comes together easily.
- Begin by chopping the chicken breast into fillets (or cutlets), avoiding chopping them too thin and making sure they are of even thickness.
- Add the eggs to a medium-sized bowl and beat them vigorously.
- Then add salt.
- Pour the breadcrumbs into a separate bowl.
- Take one chicken fillet and dunk it into the eggs, coating it entirely.
- Then, dip the chicken in the breadcrumbs ensuring that it is entirely covered.
- Place the fillet on the baking sheet prepared with olive oil.
- Repeat until all chicken cutlets have been coated.
- Set the baking sheet aside while preparing the sauce.
- Pour the chopped onion into a medium-sized saucepan that has been drizzled with a little olive oil.
- Using a spatula, sauté the onions over medium heat.
- Once the onions are translucent, add the minced garlic to the pan and stir.
- When the garlic becomes fragrant, pour the tomato puree, dried Italian herbs, salt, and sugar into the pan with the onion mixture.
- Lower the temperature to medium-low heat and cover the pan.
- Allow the sauce to simmer until it thickens.
- While the sauce is simmering, place the baking sheet with the breaded chicken into the oven.
- Bake the chicken until it is golden brown on the bottom, then turn each fillet over.
- Top each fillet with the thickened tomato sauce, mozzarella, and shredded parmesan cheese.
- Allow the chicken to continue cooking until the cheese is melted and browned and the chicken has reached the desired internal temperature.
- After removing the chicken from the oven, garnish it with basil (if desired) and serve.
What to Serve With Chicken Parmesan
There are tons of options for pairings with chicken parmesan.
- Garlic bread – Round out the meal with thick slices of crusty bread slathered with garlicky butter.
- Salad – Add some vegetables to this hearty meal by tossing together a simple green salad to serve on the side. You can also put together a tomato and fresh mozzarella salad.
- Pasta – Choose any shape that you like and serve it alongside the chicken, covered in sauce. If you want a lower carb option, try zucchini noodles.
- Cheese and charcuterie – If you’re hosting a gathering, kick it off with some Italian meats and cheeses.
- Soup – Serve a classic Italian soup alongside the chicken. Try minestrone or pasta e fagioli.
- Bread – Find a fresh loaf of your favorite bread and serve it with seasoned olive oil for dipping. You can also serve any extra sauce to dip it in as well.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
Chicken parmesan is the kind of dish that will garner plenty of compliments from hungry eaters at your dining room table.
- Comforting – On a chilly night, this chicken parmesan can be your comfort food.
- Convenient – This is a great make-ahead meal that you can enjoy throughout the week.
- Hearty – Served over a plate of pasta, this dish is satisfying after a long day.
- Versatile – Since it’s an easy meal to make ahead of time it’s great for busy weeknights but it’s also perfect for parties.
Variations and Add-ins
This standard chicken parmesan recipe can be dressed up (or changed up) in a bunch of ways.
- Bread crumbs – Use your favorite alternative bread crumbs for a lower-carb or gluten-free breading. You can also swap them out for Italian breadcrumbs for more flavor or panko breadcrumbs for a different texture.
- Heat – Spice it up with crushed red pepper flakes or even a touch of cayenne.
- Veggies – Add diced veggies like green bell peppers to your sauce.
- Eggplant – Switch out the chicken and make eggplant parmesan for a meat-free meal.
- Sauce – There’s nothing quite like a fresh tomato sauce but if you’re short on time you can always substitute a store-bought marinara for the homemade sauce.
- Garlic – While I always try to use fresh garlic, if you’re in a pinch you can substitute garlic powder.
- Onion – As with the garlic, if you don’t have an onion around you can substitute onion powder instead.
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- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 28 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 tsp salt divided
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 15 oz tomato puree use tomato sauce as a replacement
- 2 tsp Italian herbs
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese diced or shredded
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- A handful of fresh basil
- Prepare a large baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil. Set aside.
- Chop the chicken breast into fillets, making sure they aren’t too thin. About ½-⅓ inch will be ok.
- Then, beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl, add ½ tsp salt.
- Place breadcrumbs in another bowl.
- Now, coat each chicken fillet with the egg mixture and then toss it in the breadcrumbs to coat.
- Place the breaded chicken pieces on the prepared baking tray.
- Set it aside and preheat the oven to 400F.
- Prepare the sauce by placing the chopped onion in a medium-sized saucepan with a tbsp of the olive oil.
- Sauté until translucent, then add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant.
- Then add the tomato puree, dried Italian herbs, salt, and sugar.
- Cover with a lid and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pro Tip: Longer simmering will result in better flavor as it reduces the acidity in the tomato puree. So if you have the time, add 1 cup of water and simmer until it has thickened again (about 20 minutes).
- Once the oven reaches 400 degrees, bake the breaded chicken on one side for 8 minutes or until golden brown on the base.
- Then, flip the chicken over and coat the pieces with the prepared tomato sauce, diced mozzarella, and shredded parmesan cheese.
- Return it to the oven for another 8 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is slightly browned.
- Serve warm with fresh basil leaves as garnish.
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