Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

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This saucy, cheesy, air fryer chicken parm is a quick weeknight meal!

Turn a traditional chicken parmesan into an air fryer dinner and serve it over pasta.

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan on a plate with spaghetti

A Quick Chicken Parm

  • This recipe is so easy to cook in the air fryer and has even easier clean-up.
  • Breaded chicken breasts come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside with less oil needed! Save time and calories!
  • Heat some extra sauce and make this a whole meal served over pasta.
  • This recipe works well with chicken thighs (or even chicken patties).

ingredients to make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

CHICKEN: Boneless, skinless breasts or thighs work well in this recipe. For a shortcut, use frozen tenders or frozen breaded chicken patties!

BREADING: Bread crumbs and parmesan cheese make the perfect coating to add both flavor and crunch.

SEASONINGS: Italian seasonings and a dash of garlic powder add flavor while fresh herbs before serving (if you have them) make it taste fresh and fancy!

CHEESE: Chicken parmesan has a creamy cheese topping made from a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan. Cook just until melted before adding the herbs.

process of breading Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

The air fryer makes this dish come out perfect every time!

  1. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, & seasoning in a bowl. Beat egg in another bowl until foamy.
  2. Dip chicken into egg & then into breadcrumb mixture.

breaded chicken in the air fryer to make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

  1. Spray with cooking spray & cook (per recipe below).
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, top with a spoonful of marinara & sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Cook a couple more minutes until hot and melty.

air fryer with cooked Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Tips for Perfect Chicken Parm

  • Choose chicken portions that are equal in size, pat them dry before the egg and breadcrumb steps. Gently press breadcrumbs into the meat to ensure the entire piece is coated.
  • Always be sure to preheat the air fryer and avoid crowding the basket or pan. The key to that perfectly crispy exterior is the hot circulating around the chicken.
  • Check the internal temperature of the chicken at the thickest portion and ensure it reaches 165°F.
  • If you will be keeping leftovers, the sauce can be added when reheating instead.

Air Fryer Entrèes

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan on a plate with spaghetti
5 from 3 votes
Review Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe takes a classic favorite to the next level! Serve with pasta or enjoy on its own any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 small chicken breast halves about 5 ounces each
  • 1 egg beaten
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup marinara sauce plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • basil & parsley fresh, chopped for garnish
  • pasta for serving optional

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Instructions

  • Combine bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F.
  • Dip chicken in beaten egg. Season chicken with salt & pepper and then dip into the bread crumb mixture (press to adhere). Spray chicken with cooking spray and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook 6 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook an additional 5-6 minutes.
  • Spread marinara sauce over the top of each chicken breast. Top with mozzarella and shredded Parmesan. Air fry for an additional 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Top with herbs and serve with pasta and additional sauce if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Choose chicken portions that are equal in size, pat them dry before the egg and breadcrumb steps. Gently press breadcrumbs into the meat to ensure the entire piece is coated.
  • Always be sure to preheat the air fryer and avoid crowding the basket or pan. The key to that perfectly crispy exterior is the hot circulating around the chicken.
  • Check the internal temperature of the chicken at the thickest portion and ensure it reaches 165°F.
  • If you will be keeping leftovers, the sauce can be added when reheating instead.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 364, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 1084mg, Potassium: 720mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 664IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 310mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan, Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe, best Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan, how to make Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Course Air Fryer, Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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