Chicken Parmesan recipe

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Chicken Parmesan is a beloved dish that combines crispy breaded chicken, tangy marinara sauce, and melted cheese for a meal that’s both comforting and satisfying. This recipe is perfect for a cozy dinner at home or to impress guests with your cooking skills. Let’s explore how you can make this delicious dish step-by-step.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Chicken Parmesan recipe is great for:

  • Anyone craving a hearty, flavorful meal.
  • Home cooks looking for a classic dish that’s sure to please.
  • Those who enjoy Italian-American cuisine.

With simple ingredients and straightforward steps, this recipe makes it easy to create a restaurant-quality dish in your own kitchen.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • Olive oil, for frying


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Set up a breading station with three shallow dishes: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Dredge each chicken breast in flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip in the beaten eggs, and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  6. Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange the fried chicken breasts on top.
  7. Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Garnish with chopped fresh basil before serving, if desired.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Large skillet
  • 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Shallow dishes for breading
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Tips and Variations

  • Healthier Option: For a lighter version, bake the breaded chicken breasts at 375°F (190°C) for 20-25 minutes instead of frying.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinara sauce for a bit of heat.
  • Different Cheeses: Use a combination of mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan for a richer flavor.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour for a gluten-free version of this dish.

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the chicken in a baking dish, cover with foil, and warm in a 350°F (175°C) oven until heated through. You can also microwave individual portions until hot.

Food and Drink Pairings

Chicken Parmesan pairs wonderfully with a side of spaghetti tossed in olive oil and garlic. A Caesar salad or garlic bread also complements this dish nicely. For drinks, a glass of Chianti or a refreshing lemonade would be perfect choices.


Can I make Chicken Parmesan ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the chicken and assemble the dish up to a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and bake just before serving.

What can I use instead of marinara sauce?

If you don’t have marinara sauce, you can use any tomato-based pasta sauce or even a homemade sauce made with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used for a juicier alternative. Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure the chicken is cooked through.

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