Chicken Mozzarella: Tasty Variation on Chicken Parmesan

Chicken breasts and mozzarella

Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
404 Calories
23g Fat
13g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 404
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 35g
Calcium 141mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In this delicious and hearty riff on chicken Parmesan, chicken breasts are breaded, browned, topped with herbs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese, then quickly finished in the oven.

This homestyle recipe is quite easy to make yet makes a strong presentation for a casual dinner party.

Do not skip the refrigeration step because it helps the crust adhere to the chicken. 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce or 1 cup marinara sauce (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole basil (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole oregano (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

Steps to Make It

  1. Dip the chicken breasts in the milk, then shake off any excess.

  2. Dredge the chicken in the breadcrumbs.

  3. Place in a single layer on a large platter and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the crust.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  5. Spray a 9- by 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with vegetable oil.

  6. Spread one-third of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the dish and set the rest aside for later use.

  7. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

  8. Quickly brown each of the chicken breasts, turning only once. Use the second tablespoon of olive oil for the second batch. 

  9. Arrange the browned chicken in the bottom of the casserole dish, overlapping as little as possible.

  10. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the chicken, then sprinkle with parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes if desired, salt and pepper.

  11. Top with the mozzarella cheese.

  12. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until the chicken is heated through and cheese is bubbly and slightly golden.

  13. Let the chicken mozzarella rest 5 minutes before serving.