Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

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Easy Chicken Parmesan. Brian Macdonald/Digital Vision/Getty Images
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

Chicken Parmesan is a great choice for an everyday family meal. Cooking the whole meal in a skillet on the stovetop means there's no need to dirty a baking dish and easy cleanup. Plus, there's no oven heat to contend with, making it an excellent main dish to enjoy any time of the year. The simple breaded chicken pieces are browned and then finished with sauce and cheese to make a fantastic dinner.

Purchased spaghetti sauce makes it extra-easy, but feel free to use your favorite homemade sauce. Like more sauce with your pasta? You can easily double the amount sauce or use a larger jar. Cheese can be scaled up as well. Instead of 1/2 cup of mozzarella, finish the dish with 1 cup of mozzarella and extra Parmesan.

Chicken Parmigiana is another name for the chicken Parmesan. The dish is thought to have been inspired by the Italian dish melanzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan). Chicken Parmesan is a popular dish that can be found on most Italian-American restaurant menus along with lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and fettuccine Alfredo.

What to Serve With Chicken Parmesan

Serve this great tasting chicken dish with hot cooked spaghetti or linguine for a satisfying family dinner everyone will love. Salads and bread are great with chicken Parmesan, or you might serve it with a vegetable side dish. Here are some ideas:

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves (without skin)
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (Italian-style or garlic or Parmesan seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (or 1 1/2 to 2 cups homemade)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pat chicken pieces dry and put them between pieces of wax paper, or in a food storage bag; pound gently to flatten for even cooking.

  3. Dip chicken into egg then into crumbs to coat.

  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides. Add the spaghetti sauce, bring to a simmer, and reduce the heat to low.

  5. Cover the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

  6. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

  7. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, until cheese melts.

  8. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Tips

To flatten a chicken breast, either place one between two sheets of plastic wrap or in a food storage bag. Gently pound it with the flat side of a meat mallet until it is uniform in thickness. If the chicken breasts are quite large, slice them in half horizontally to make two cutlets, and then gently flatten them.

Recipe Variations

  • Use arrabbiata-style sauce or add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce mixture.
  • Top the browned chicken with sautéed peppers and onions before adding sprinkling with the mozzarella cheese.