Today’s recipe for Chicken Parmesan is one of those meals everyone in the whole family loves! Well, at least in my family. To begin with, you take chicken cutlets that are breaded, fried and then smothered in homemade marinara sauce topped with mozzarella cheese is always a winner for dinner.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
What you may not know about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. Yet it’s elegant enough to serve when company or extended family members are coming over for dinner.
This recipe starts out with one of the most popular basic recipes on my site for Breaded Chicken Cutlets Italian Style. Today I thought I would show you how I make Chicken Parmesan using the same basic recipe.
We enjoy this recipe a lot in our household. It’s one of those recipes that I knew both my children would eat without complaining. And if you have or had picky eaters for children, then you’ll know what a huge statement that is that both children ate this meal without complaining.
This is one of those recipes that everyone should “know” how to make. However, for some reason a lot of people don’t really know how or where to begin making a great chicken cutlet. That being said, once you master making a great breaded chicken cutlet, turning that meal into chicken Parmesan is EASY!
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Tips for Making Chicken Parmesan
- The most important tip for making Chicken Parmesan is to make sure the chicken cutlets are thin.
- Place the chicken cutlets between waxed paper and then using a meat mallet, pound the cutlets until they are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Always season your own breadcrumbs. I always buy breadcrumbs without any seasoning. That way I can add the seasonings my family likes best.
- Make sure the oil is at the correct temperature. If the oil is too cold, the chicken will end up soaking up all the oil. That being said, if it’s too hot, the chicken will brown too much and cook unevenly leaving some parts under-cooked.
- Homemade marinara sauce always tastes best but I have been known to grab a jar of my favorite marinara sauce out of the pantry on really busy nights.
- Always check your chicken using a Digital Meat Thermometer to make sure it’s at 165 degrees before serving.
How to Make Chicken Parmesan
Make sure you print out the recipe below and save it for later!
- Unseasoned breadcrumbs
- Dried parsley
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded thin
- 2 eggs
- Vegetable oil
- Homemade marinara sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
How to Bread the Chicken
To begin, combine the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a shallow baking dish. Then whisk together the eggs in a small bowl that’s big enough to hold the chicken. Next, dip the chicken cutlets one at a time in the eggs and then into the breadcrumbs. Make sure both sides of the chicken are covered in breadcrumbs.
How to Fry the Chicken Cutlets
Heat the oil in a heavy pan and add the chicken cutlets to the hot oil. Allow them to cook in the oil for about 4 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.
How to Bake the Chicken Parmesan Cutlets
Spray a 9X13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then spread about half of the homemade marinara sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish. Once the chicken cutlets are browned on both sides, place them in the pan on top of the marinara sauce. Divide the remaining marinara sauce on top of each browned chicken cutlet.
Add the mozzarella cheese to the top of each chicken cutlet followed by the Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the mozzarella cheese starts to bubble.
What Sides to Serve with Chicken Parmesan
In the first place, traditionally spaghetti is served with Chicken Parmesan. However, my family enjoys Creamy Mac and Cheese as a side dish with chicken Parmesan.
Can you Freeze Chicken Parmesan
YES! To begin with, the easy way to freeze chicken Parmesan is to prepare as directed above except place chicken in an aluminum pan with the sauce and cheese.
Do not bake the chicken! Instead wrap the aluminum pan with aluminum foil and then place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Easy Dinner Recipes:
- Hasselback Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil
- Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Cutlets Italian Style
- Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
- Chicken Marsala
I always check the internal temperature of chicken to make sure it's at 165 degrees using this easy to use meat thermometer. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 788 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 266mg Sodium: 1653mg Carbohydrates: 42g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 60g
I always check the internal temperature of chicken to make sure it's at 165 degrees using this easy to use meat thermometer.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.