Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe with a crispy panko parmesan coating truly is the best and ready in 30 minutes. The chicken breast is pan-fried and crispy on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside. The classic recipe is topped with a homemade marinara sauce and loaded with cheese.

Chicken Fried Rice and Chicken Scampi are other restaurant favorites that taste so much better when homemade.

Chicken parmesan on a baking sheet loaded with homemade sauce and cheese baked.

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what is chicken parmesan?

Chicken Parmesan is also known as chicken parmigiana. It’s a popular Italian-American chicken dish that is served in many popular restaurants such as Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, and most other popular food chains serve this easy yet delicious dish.

Chicken Parmesan consists of a breaded crispy chicken breast that’s topped with a marinara sauce, Provolone and/or Mozzarella cheese. The chicken is pan-fried until crispy on the outside and insanely juicy on the inside.

Close up of a chicken parmesan topped with cheese fresh basil.

how to make chicken parmesan?

This Chicken Parmesan recipe is ready in under 30 minutes! Perfect for busy evenings.

  • Cut chicken in half lengthwise.
  • Combine ingredients into 3 separate bowls for coating.
  • Dredge chicken into bowl 1, then bowl 2 and finally generously coat in bowl 3.
  • Cook on med/high heat until chicken is crispy and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the homemade marinara sauce.
  • Layout chicken onto a lined baking sheet.
  • Top chicken with homemade marinara sauce and cheese.
  • Broil chicken until cheese melts.
  • Top with fresh basil and serve immediately.

NOTE: We use this hand-held mixer to puree the marinara sauce.

Step by step instructions on how to make chicken parmesan recipe!

what sauce is served with chicken parm?

You can use your favorite store-bought marinara (pizza) sauce. However, a homemade marinara sauce adds so much flavor to the chicken parm. It really is the secret to the best homemade chicken parmesan.

what side dish should chicken parm be served with?

You can serve the chicken parm with its classic side – spaghetti (or angel hair or linguine pasta). I personally enjoy the chicken with a side of mashed potatoes. There’s just something about mashed potatoes that makes this chicken have a comfort food feel to it.

Serve the chicken parm with a simple Caesar salad with homemade dressing for a complete meal.

How to make chicken parmesan on a baking sheet ready to be broiled.

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I cannot wait for you to try this Chicken Parm Recipe. It’s absolutely phenomenal and probably one of my favorite recipes on our blog – no joke. You’ll never want to order this dish in a restaurant again after you try this amazing homemade recipe.

Chicken parmesan recipe on a baking sheet topped with basil garnish.

Don’t feel intimidated by the Chicken Parmesan, it’s actually extremely easy to prepare.

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5 from 8 votes

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Amazing recipe for a homemade chicken parmesan recipe. Chicken breast breaded in a panko parmesan coating, cooked to crispy perfection with a homemade marinara and cheese. Easy 30-minute meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken parmesan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4-6 slices of provolone cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp basil, optional
  • 3 Tbsp oil (more if needed)

bowl 1:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • dash of pepper

bowl 2:

  • 2 eggs, beaten

bowl 3:

  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning

homemade marinara-

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can cubed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to broiler at step 5 of chicken. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

prepare the homemade marinara sauce:

  • In a saucepan or skillet, sauté onion with 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 tsp oil until cooked, stirring as needed. 
  • Add garlic, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Puree with a hand-held mixer until smooth.
  • Pour marinara back into the saucepan and simmer on low heat until needed.

chicken-

  • Cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise. Lightly beat with a meat mallet until even in thickness.
  • In 3 separate bowls, combine the ingredients for bowl 1, bowl 2, and bowl 3.
  • Dredge the chicken into bowl 1, then bowl 2 and finally bowl 3, coating generously.
  • In a large pan, heat 3 Tbsp oil over med/high. Once hot, carefully add chicken. (Don't overcrowd the pan, cook in two batches if needed.)
  • Cook chicken until crispy and fully cooked, 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Add chicken breast to a baking sheet.
  • Add the marinara over chicken. Top with cheese.
  • Broil for 4-6 minutes, until cheese fully melts.
  • Generously garnish with fresh basil.

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Show 17 Comments
  • Kathy Wright 05/07/2019, 7:29 pm Link Reply

    This recipe is great and I’m going to try it tonight but I do have a question. What height level should I have my rack on for broiling? Should the pan be on the top rack or move the rack down to the second slot?

  • Tina 04/15/2019, 5:57 pm Link Reply

    Wow! I wish I could give this 10 stars. Thank you for the great recipe, it will be in my arsenal forever!! We used chicken tenders instead of full breasts, because I’m lazy and didn’t want to cut the chicken breasts. Ooo….doggy, fantastic! 😍

    • Valentina's Corner 04/16/2019, 5:55 pm Link Reply

      Tina, your comment totally made my day! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the easy parmesan recipe (and I’m totally loving your tenders, haha). 🙂 Please visit our online home again.

  • Natasha 03/02/2019, 2:15 pm Link Reply

    This looks so elegant but reading the instructions, it doesn’t seem to be too difficult. This will definitely impress the dinner guests this weekend 🙂

    • Valentina's Corner 03/02/2019, 4:04 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Natasha. I agree, this chicken parm will definitely impress the guests. It’s an amazing and quick recipe.

  • lauren kelly 03/02/2019, 7:51 am Link Reply

    There’s nothing better than a good, classic dish like this chicken parm! Great recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/02/2019, 1:02 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Lauren. We love a good restaurant dish you can prepare at home. This chicken parm definitely is a keeper.

  • Julie Blanner 03/01/2019, 10:26 pm Link Reply

    I love Chicken Parmesan! I can’t wait to make this!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/02/2019, 12:49 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Julie. We are right there with you, you can’t beat a chicken parmesan dinner. 🙂

  • Susan 03/01/2019, 5:12 pm Link Reply

    Such an easy and delicious chicken parm recipe. My family loves chicken parm and this is great!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/01/2019, 6:28 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Susan. I’m so glad you enjoyed there recipe. 🙂

  • Nita 02/27/2019, 11:37 pm Link Reply

    This is by far the BEST Chicken Parmesan recipe I’ve ever tried. It seriously beats any restaurant and half the price. Thanks sooo much for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/28/2019, 11:58 am Link Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing, Nita! I am so glad to hear that. I must admit, the chicken parmesan recipe truly is amazing! 🙂

  • Sue 09/18/2018, 11:55 am Link Reply

    The BEST parmesan, literally the best. The chicken was so juicy and I could believe how easy the sauce is. Thanks Valentina for another great recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/18/2018, 11:56 am Link Reply

      Thank you, Sue! So appreciate the feedback and agree. It’s REALLY good!

  • Larisa 09/10/2018, 5:45 am Link Reply

    Yummy. I will have to give this recipe a try. One of my coworkers years ago used to talk about this dish with such excitement and appetite that it would make one drool. We are not big fans of red sauces, but maybe if I use homegrown tomatoes, the level of acidicity in the sauce will be lower. What kind of Parmesan cheese brand do you prefer? Also, shredded or intact? I used to get Parmesan cheese that was pre shredded, but later learned that in order for it not to stick together, usually they add anti-caking ingredient derived from who knows where. So now We don’t always have parmesan cheese on hand. But that’s not a problem :). Stores aren’t far away.

    One of our favorite chicken recipes is grilled teriyaki chicken thighs -marinated in Yoshida sauce and onion. Or roasted whole chicken stuffed with veggies inside….baked in oven in one of those Reynolds bags. So juicy. Also, our children enjoy chicken fettuccine with homemade Alfredo sauce.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/11/2018, 1:24 pm Link Reply

      Larisa, you truly MUST try this recipe. It’s phenomenal. Maybe not the healthiest recipe you can eat but definitely a treat! 🙂

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