Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Chicken Parmesan

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
844 Calories
37g Fat
57g Carbs
66g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 844
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 1968mg 86%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 66g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 566mg 44%
Iron 5mg 31%
Potassium 1164mg 25%
*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.)

This recipe shared by reader Colleen Haass is a simple and delicious dish for a satisfying family meal. Serve moist and flavorful breaded chicken breasts with cheese and fresh tomato sauce, with a side of spaghetti, garlic bread, and a simple green salad for a wholesome weekday meal.

This famous dish invented by the Italian diaspora on the East Coast of the United States is a meal inspired by eggplant Parmesan (breaded eggplants in tomato sauce and cheese) and Cottoleta (fried breaded chicken or veal served with sauce). The resulting dish is the perfect combination of crispy protein, cheesy goodness, and tangy tomato sauce. We use jarred sauce but you can make your own if you have the time; just be sure that the store-bought sauce doesn't have unnecessary added sugar.


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  • 4 boneless chicken breasts

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese

  • 1 (24-ounce) jar pasta sauce

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 8 ounces pasta (spaghetti or linguine)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken Parmesan Ingredients

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  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound to about 1/2 inch in thickness. Use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat mallet.

    Pounding chicken cutlets

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  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk.

    whisk together the egg and milk

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  4. Place seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate wide, shallow bowl.

    Place the seasoned breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl

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  5. Dip flattened chicken breasts in milk and egg mixture and then in the seasoned breadcrumbs, turning each piece to coat it evenly.

    Dip the flattened chicken breasts in the milk and egg mixture and then in the seasoned breadcrumbs

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  6. In a large skillet or saute pan, heat 1-inch of olive oil over medium-high heat. Be careful not to burn it.

    In a large skillet heat 1-inch of olive oil

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  7. Brown chicken in hot oil on both sides until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

    Brown the chicken in the hot oil

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  8. Spoon 1/3 of the pasta sauce evenly across the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place fried chicken on top and use 7 mozzarella slices to cover chicken.

    sauce, chicken and cheese in a baking dish

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  9. Pour remaining sauce over chicken and cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and add 1 chopped remaining mozzarella slice on top. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

    baked sauce, chicken and cheese in a baking pan

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  10. While chicken bakes, cook spaghetti or linguine in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain well and toss with some olive oil. Add salt if desired.

    cooked pasta in a pot

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  11. Serve chicken with spaghetti, bread, and a tossed green salad.

    Easy Chicken Parmesan in a baking pan

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Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, and Dairy Free Chicken Parm

If any food allergies are present, follow these simple suggestions:

  • For wheat allergies use gluten-free breadcrumbs for your chicken. Buy gluten-free pasta to accompany your chicken.
  • For egg allergies, instead of eggs, use 1 cup of applesauce to coat your chicken breast and then roll into the breadcrumbs.
  • For dairy allergies, use soy milk to mix with your egg, and use vegan mozzarella cheese to top the chicken.

Why Flatten the Chicken

  • In order to cook the chicken quickly and evenly, you should flatten your chicken breast with a meat mallet or rolling pin, slice them horizontally to make 2 thin cutlets from each chicken breast, or ask your butcher to butterfly and slice the chicken breasts into cutlets if too big and thick.