Easy Baked Crusted Chicken Parmesan

July 25, 2021

Use this Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe for perfect Chicken Parmigiana that is flawlessly moist and flavorful! It’s nostalgic, quick, and easy as snapping!

Baked Chicken Parmesan is just the healthier version of a classic family favorite dish, chicken with parmesan. And in addition to being healthier, this Baked Crispy Chicken Parmesan recipe is quicker and still results in chicken that is perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.

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Taste Score: %87
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 35 mins

Tips

  • Juicy chicken breasts give the best results when it comes to Chicken Parmigiana, but you can also use chicken thighs if you are worried about overcooking.
  • Pound your chicken fillets with the smooth side of the meat mallet to tenderize the chicken and ensure even cooking.
  • When breading, use one hand for the bread crumb mixture and one hand for the eggs. This makes the entire process much cleaner and quicker.
  • The olive oil plays a big role in developing that crunchy crust crispy, chicken Parmesan is known for, but you can also use a different oil like canola or sunflower.
  • Panko bread crumbs are dryer and flakier than regular breadcrumbs and absorb less oil, making them the secret to perfectly crunchy Parmesan chicken.
  • Parmesan chicken is just not the same without some rich and nutty parmesan cheese. But if you really need to substitute it, you can use Piave, Dry jack, Romano cheese instead.
  • The egg is necessary to make the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken, so be sure to cover all sides of the fillets with egg thoroughly.
  • You can use either homemade or store-bought Marinara sauce for this recipe. If in a pinch, use tomato sauce mixed with some water as a substitute for Marinara sauce.
  • Both shredded and fresh mozzarella work equally well for this recipe, although the shredded cheese is generally easier and quicker to melt.
  • Feel free to experiment around with this simple yet versatile recipe to make easy baked chicken Parmesan casseroles, crispy chicken Parmesan sandwiches, and more.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In the meantime, use two tablespoons of olive oil to grease a baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slice the two chicken breasts in half lengthwise to get four chicken fillets. Then pound the fillets to an even thickness as per your preference.
  3. Add the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper to a flat bowl and combine. Whisk the egg in a separate small bowl.
  4. Start coating the chicken fillets by dipping them first in the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Take care to coat all sides well and place the coated fillets on the greased baking sheet.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Then take it out, flip the chicken, and top each fillet with 3-4 tablespoons of marinara sauce and a handful (or one slice) of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and chicken cooked through. Broil for 2-3 minutes or cook until the cheese gets golden browned and enjoy your homemade crispy baked chicken Parmesan.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

Homemade Marinara Sauce Directions

  • To make this gorgeous marinara sauce at home, start by adding 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a large saucepan and heat it on medium-high heat.
  • Then add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add finely chopped garlic and canned tomato paste to the sautéed onions and cook for about a minute while stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the red wine and cook for another whole minute while stirring constantly.
  • Then add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and gently boil for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the sauce has cooked for an entire hour, take it off the heat and either serve warm immediately or store it for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Baked Chicken Parmesan
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories401
    % Daily Value*
    Protein 36 g72%
    Total Fat 21 g26.9%
    Cholesterol 135 mg45%
    Sodium 1519 mg66%
    Potassium 663 mg14.1%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    What Is Chicken Parmesan?

    Crispy chicken Parmesan or Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian-American staple consisting of breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan cheese, or provolone cheese. The dish stems from an old Italian dish called melanzane alla Parmigiana consisting of breaded and fried eggplant slices but didn’t take the form we know today until the 1900s, finally becoming popular in the 1950s.

    How to Make Chicken Parmesan?

    This Chicken Parmiagana recipe involves baking, but you can also use a skillet, air fryer, or even a grill for some delicious grilled chicken Parmesan.

    How to Cook Chicken Parmesan?

    To make this super Easy Chicken Parmesan, slice your chicken breasts or thighs into appropriately sized fillets and then coat each fillet with egg followed by a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Once the chicken is thoroughly coated, bake it for 15 minutes before topping with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and returning it to the oven for another 5-7 minutes. Finish by broiling for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese and serve hot.

    What Pasta Goes with Chicken Parmesan?

    Spaghetti is undoubtedly the classic baked chicken Parmesan pasta, but you can also use penne, orzo, tortellini, etc., to switch things up. You can even enjoy your chicken Parmesan with veggie noodles like zucchini or squash noodles for a healthy, low-carb alternative to pasta.

    What to Serve with Chicken Parmesan?

    Crispy Chicken Parmesan is an incredibly versatile dish that pairs well with a lot of side dishes. To bring out the best in this dish, serve it with healthy salads, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, rice, or roasted vegetables. The dish also pairs well with pasta and veggie noodles as mentioned above and can also be served with Italian desserts like Affogato, Tiramisu, and Bonet.

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    How to Store Chicken Parmesan?

    You can store any leftover chicken Parmesan in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days. To keep this quick and easy chicken Parmesan for longer, wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and store it in the freezer. When reheating, place your chicken Parmesan in an oven-proof dish, cover it with foil, and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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