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. This 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.

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 is then topped with a marinara sauce and 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, therefore making it the perfect dinner recipe for busy evenings.

  • First 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 the chicken onto a lined baking sheet.
  • Then top the chicken with homemade marinara sauce and cheese.
  • Broil chicken until cheese melts.
  • Finally, top with fresh basil and serve immediately.

TIP: Use this hand-held blender to puree the marinara sauce.

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

what sauce can i use?

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.

how do i serve chicken parmesan?

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 is 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 will 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, because it is actually extremely easy to prepare.

Other chicken recipes to try:

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

4.92 from 24 votes
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.
Author: Valentina
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese
  • 3 Tbsp basil, optional
  • 3 Tbsp oil (more if needed)

bowl 1-

bowl 2-

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

bowl 3-

homemade marinara-

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14.5 oz cubed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp ground black pepper


prepare the homemade marinara sauce:

  • In a saucepan, 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 blender until smooth.
  • Pour marinara back into the saucepan and simmer on low heat until needed.


  • 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 skillet, 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.


Calories: 551kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 43gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 1356mgPotassium: 542mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 690IUVitamin C: 2.8mgCalcium: 462mgIron: 2.4mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)