Easy Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe (aka chicken parmigiana) is a family favorite! Tender pan fried chicken breasts topped with tomato sauce and cheese baked until golden and bubbly.

It’ll look like you spent hours in the kitchen but this parmesan chicken recipe comes together easily with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry…all the way down to the marinara sauce!

Serve Chicken Parm over spaghetti, egg noodles or mashed potatoes for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Classic Chicken Parmesan topped with fresh basil being served out of a baking dish

Homemade Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is thought to have originated from Eggplant Parmesan, a traditional Italian recipe! Traditionally, chicken parm is a fried breaded chicken breast topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese. It makes for a deliciously filling Sunday dinner and the best part is that it is ready in under 30 minutes!

While this dish is often deep fried, this version is breaded and pan fried with just a little bit of oil and then topped with tomato sauce and cheese. The chicken finishes baking in the oven.

Classic Chicken Parmesan over tomato sauce in a baking dish

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan starts with crispy breaded chicken for delicious flavor and texture!

  1. Pound the chicken to 1/2″ with a meat mallet or rolling pin to ensure even cooking.
  2. If the chicken breasts are extra large, you can cut them in half before breading.
  3. Pat dry before dipping into the beaten eggs and then the breading/parmesan mixture.
  4. Press the breading onto the chicken to help it adhere.

Brown the chicken breasts in a bit of oil, a few minutes on each side (no need to cook through, it’ll bake in the oven). Place in a casserole dish and top with marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Don’t skimp on the cheese, the gooey cheese really makes the best chicken parmesan!

Classic Chicken Parmesan topped with cheese and ready to bake in a baking dish

To Lighten it Up

To make this baked chicken parmesan recipe a bit healthier, there are a couple of options.To reduce calories and carbs, you can skip the breading (as I do in my Parmesan Chicken Foil Packets) and just use Oven Baked Chicken Breasts (or if you’re low carbing, you can also use a mixture of almond flour and parmesan cheese)!

Lighten up the meal by serving this with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash in place of pasta.

Classic Chicken Parmesan on a plate with spaghetti

What to Serve with Chicken Parmesan

Whether you serve your chicken parm recipe over pasta or not, it really is a whole meal unto itself.

We usually add a side Caesar salad, or a side of roasted brussels sprouts and of course dinner rolls with Homemade Garlic Butter!

Can Chicken Parmesan be Frozen?

Yes, chicken parmesan can be frozen once cooked through.

Keep in mind that while the chicken may not be as crispy once frozen it is still absolutely delicious!

Seal in freezer safe food storage containers or quart sized freezer bags. Don’t forget to label with contents, date, and if you need to, brief reheating instructions! Instant entrée!

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Classic Chicken Parmesan topped with fresh basil being served out of a baking dish
4.95 from 162 votes
Review Recipe

Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This easy baked chicken parmesan recipe is sure to become a family favorite in no time! Serve it with some egg noodles or mashed potatoes for the perfect weeknight dinner. 


  • 4 chicken breast halves skinless boneless
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • cup Panko bread crumbs
  • cup Italian Seasoning bread crumbs
  • cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 4 tablespoons oil or as needed
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce homemade or jarred
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • basil & parsley fresh, chopped

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  • Preheat an oven to 425°F.
  • Place flour in shallow dish. Place the eggs in a second dish (and beat with a fork).
  • Combine Panko, Italian crumbs, grated parmesan, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste in a third shallow dish.
  • Pound chicken breasts to ½" thick (if they're very large you can cut them in half). 
  • Dip chicken into flour and shake to remove any excess. Dip chicken in beaten eggs & then into bread crumb mixture (press to adhere). 
  • Preheat oil in a large pan. Brown chicken on each side, about 4 minutes per side or until golden (it does not need to cook through as it will continue to cook in the oven).
  • Place 1 ½ cups of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 dish. Add browned chicken. Top each piece with a couple tablespoons of marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden and bubbly and chicken reaches 165°F. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve over pasta.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 458, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 125mg, Sodium: 1508mg, Potassium: 1064mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1215IU, Vitamin C: 15.9mg, Calcium: 449mg, Iron: 3.5mg

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

Keyword chicken parmesan
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I have made this two times now and my husband and I love it. I make extra because it is awesome as leftovers too. First time we served over spaghetti and second with a side of steamed broccoli. KEEPER!!5 stars

  2. I am making this again tonight for the third time. Funny how I keep ending up back at this website every time I’m looking for a delicious, yet simple recipe. Keep up the great work!5 stars

  3. I love chicken parm and this recipe is excellent. It is not overly time intensive like others yet still gets all the important components of chicken parm just right. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  4. This was amazing !!!! it was my first time making chicken parm ever and my boyfriend said it tasted like it just came from a fancy italian restaurant !!! only thing i didn’t use flour when coating with breadcrumb mixture … just dipped in egg and dipped in the breadcrumb and fried in pan. i would give 10 stars !!!!!5 stars

  5. What an easy and delicious recipe! Thank you Holly. After 46 years of marriage, I’m not exactly inspired to make dinner every night. My husband is saying “yum” after every single bite! So glad I found this recipe as I enjoyed making it and eating it! Now I’m going to check out everything else on your site!

  6. Holly, I simply can’t go wrong with your recipes. I made this for my husband on Valentines Day and he couldn’t get enough.5 stars

  7. I don’t usually follow recipes that look complex and so I opted for this one. I am a man, 69 years old and cook a lot of boxed or pre-packaged stuff for my partner and his son. This recipe came out beautifully…and tasted great. The guys were very happy. This was the very first time that I ever made Chicken Parm, and yes, I will definitely make it again.5 stars

  8. I was looking for a chicken parm recipe and I’m glad I landed on this one. I did season the flour and egg because that’s a personal preference. Also used homemade pasta sauce in case anyone is wondering if that works. Delicious.5 stars