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Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Easy-baked chicken parmesan topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. A quick and easy meal your whole family will love!

Chicken parmesan over top of noodles.
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Oven Baked, Not Fried

Chicken parmesan is one of those classic and delicious Italian dishes that you can’t go wrong with. It’s super crispy, flavorful, and delicious…no wonder it’s so popular! A few of my other favorites are spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti, and chicken florentine.

One of my husband’s all-time favorite meals is chicken parmesan. I’ve made quite a few versions at home and prefer my baked chicken parmesan the best. It’s healthier and easier than frying it in butter. If your family prefers plain chicken, check out this baked chicken breast recipe or this kid friendly ranch chicken recipe.

Make your own homemade breadcrumbs for a unique flavor, but I usually just buy some from the store. You can also sprinkle on some grated mozzarella instead of using slices if you’re looking to cut down on calories. I, however, love the cheese just oozing off the sides! YUM!

Ingredients

This is the best chicken parmesan and is so simple to make! Take your chicken Parmigiana to the next level. With a few staple ingredients you have ready in your pantry and refrigerator, you can make this easy chicken parmesan any night of the week!

Ingredients for chicken parmesan.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Chicken breasts: Boneless, skinless chicken breast work best. I use 3 breasts and then slice each in half to create 6 fillets.
  • Eggs: The whisked eggs are essentially the ‘glue’ that helps the bread crumb mixture stick to the chicken.
  • Bread crumbs: You can use either panko bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs. Both work great!
  • Cheese: There are 2 types of cheese used. First I used 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese to include in the bread crumb coating. Then I used fresh sliced mozzarella to add on top of the marinara at the end.
  • Marinara: Both marinara sauce and spaghetti sauce work great in this recipe. Feel free to use store-bought or homemade.
  • Spices: Garlic powder, salt, and pepper are used to season this easy chicken parm.

How to Make Baked Chicken Parmesan

Crispy chicken parmesan is a thin, tender chicken breast that is a classic Italian dish. It takes a few steps to prepare the chicken but cooks quickly. This oven-baked chicken parmesan is a family favorite!

The process of making chicken parmesan dinner.
  1. Slice and tenderize the chicken. Cut chicken in half horizontally to create 6 fillets. Then place the fillets in a zip-top bag and flatten them with a meat tenderizer.
  2. Coat with breadcrumb mixture. Whisk eggs in a bowl with salt and pepper. Then place bread crumbs, parmesan, and garlic powder in a separate shallow dish. Dip each fillet in egg, then place in bread crumbs and cover completely.
  3. Bake in the oven. Add fillets to a baking sheet and bake at 415° until the meat is no longer pink in middle, about 20-25 minutes. Flip halfway through.
  4. Top with sauce and cheese. Remove from oven and spoon 1/4 cup marinara over top. Then place the mozzarella slice on top of the sauce. Place back in the oven and bake until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. Broil last minute if desired.
  5. Add toppings and serve! Top with fresh basil or oregano and serve with pasta if desired.

Serve with

Make this a complete meal with noodles, vegetables, salad, and bread! It is a simple combination and perfect to make together. This is a great combination of all your favorite Italian food on one plate!

5 star review

“I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out perfect! The chicken was nice and crispy, and 25 minutes was the perfect amount of time. I put extra sauce on top when it was finished and it was delicious! 5 STARS! :)”

-Raquel
The chicken parmesan cooked in the pan.

Recipe FAQs

How do you keep chicken crispy?

I like to broil my chicken during the last minute of cooking. The breadcrumbs crisp up so nicely. Just be sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn!

If you’d like yours extra crispy, you can fry the chicken before baking. Simply heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each side (after dipping in the crumb mixture) for 2 minutes. Then cook for 18-20 minutes in the oven.

What is the difference between parmigiana and parmesan?

This is a question that is easy to answer! They are and mean the same type of dish. Chicken parmigiana and chicken parmesan are exactly the same. Just two different names for the same dish.

Do you cover chicken parmesan when you bake it?

No, this is not necessary. You can leave your parmesan open and bake without a cover overtop.

Who made chicken parmesan?

Everyone thinks and continues to claim this is an authentic Italian dish, however, no one really knows where or who invented or came up with this delicious chicken parmesan dinner. It is more popular in America and usually is more noticeable in larger cities that have more of an Italian population like New York, New Jersey, and Toronto, and outside of the country are Australia, Argentina, and Brazil.

Sliced chicken parmesan served over spaghetti noodles.

Storing and Reheating

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, this chicken parmesan is a favorite even the next day. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for two to three days long. When ready to reheat, place in the microwave, air fryer, or oven to warm up. Enjoy while it is warm!

Love easy Italian-inspired recipes? Try this easy chicken marsala, baked eggplant parmesan or parmesan crusted chicken next!

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Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Easy baked chicken parmesan topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. A quick and easy meal your whole family will love!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

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Ingredients 

  • 3 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 eggs , whisked
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Panko or Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 6-8 ounces fresh mozzarella , sliced about 1/8 inch thick

For serving: freshly chopped basil and cooked spaghetti noodles

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 415°F. Spray a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Cut chicken in half horizontally to create 6 fillets. Place in a zip top bag and flatten with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin to about 1/2" thick. 
    • Place egg in a bowl and whisk together with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder in a separate bowl. Dip chicken in the egg and then place in the bread crumbs and cover the chicken.
    • Next place chicken in the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it's no longer pink in the middle. Flip the chicken half way through. 
    • Remove from oven and spoon about 1/4 cup sauce on top of the chicken and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Broil the last minute if desired. 
    • Top with fresh basil or oregano. Serve with angel hair pasta or spaghetti if desired. Enjoy!

    Notes

    Extra crispy: If you’d like your chicken extra crispy, you can either place a wire rack on top of the baking sheet and place chicken on there or fry it before baking. Simply heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each side (after dipping in the crumb mixture) for 2 minutes. Then cook for 18-20 minutes in oven. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1215mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 2.3mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Italian

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