Easy Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken Parmesan is one of those dishes I love but just don’t have time to prepare during the week.

As much as I love using a homemade Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken as a base, I just don’t always have time to put it all together.

This easy recipe takes a classic dish and with a few simple shortcuts, it becomes a fast weeknight meal!

Chicken parmesan on a bed of spaghetti with a side of garlic bread

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How to Make Easy Chicken Parmesan

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Easy Chicken Parmesan

I love serving a good hearty meal on a weeknight before activities but time always seems to be an issue!  Since my daughter plays sports not only is it important that meals are quick (like this Chicken Parmesan recipe) but they have to taste great and I also love to include carbs, meat and veggies!

If you’re looking for the perfect way to get a family dinner on the table without spending hours in the kitchen and without a ton of dishes to wash, you’ll love this Chicken Parmesan!

Not only is this Italian inspired dinner delicious, it’s on the table in under 30 minutes which is always a plus in my books!  Not to mention, the kids went completely crazy for this, begging for any leftovers at their next meal!

Chicken Parmesan on a baking sheet with a spatula

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

Traditional Chicken Parmesan consists of a breaded and fried piece of chicken topped with tomato sauce and cheese.

In this easy version, we start with tender juicy Tyson® Lightly Breaded Strips making it extra quick!  It’s so easy to grab a bag of these in the freezer aisle for a simple no-fuss base. No breading mess, plus I much prefer a baked chicken parmesan to deep fried.

Tyson’s Lightly Breaded Chicken strips are made with white meat chicken and contain no preservatives making them the perfect starter for quick and easy meals like this.  They’re great to throw into salads, drizzle with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce and or just to dip in our favorite bbq sauce!!

Don’t skip the simple addition of fresh herbs if possible, this makes the whole dish taste great!

How to Make Quick Tomato Sauce

If you happen to be low on tomato sauce but have canned crushed tomatoes, you’re in luck!  Whipping up a quick tomato sauce to use in this recipe is faster than you think! You’re about 10 minutes away from homemade sauce!

One key tip is to grate the onions with a cheese grater (since you’ll be using it for cheese anyhow).  This makes them cook extra quick and adds tons of flavor to this sauce!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until fragrant.
  2. Stir in Italian seasoning, salt, tomatoes and sugar.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and summer 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter, remaining olive oil and parsley.

Voila!  Easy tomato sauce in just about 10 minutes! Perfect for spooning over chicken in this quick oven baked Chicken Parmesan recipe!

This Weeknight Chicken Parmesan is a delicious weeknight meal ready in under 30 minutes! Tender chicken topped with tomato sauce, herbs & cheese, this is a family favorite!

What to eat with Chicken Parmesan

This is such a great meal, we heat up some extra tomato sauce and serve it over our favorite pasta (usually spaghetti or linguine).  Any kind of noodles will work!

While this is baking I love to either do up some steamed veggies or add Oven Roasted Lemon Parmesan Broccoli into the oven while it cooks!  As with most saucy dishes, I also add some crusty bread or garlic bread to sop up any goodness left on the plate!

Print Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
WEEKNIGHT CHICKEN PARMESAN
Author: Holly
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken parmesan
If you’re looking for the perfect way to get a family dinner on the table without spending hours in the kitchen and without a ton of dishes to wash, you’ll love this Weeknight Chicken Parmesan!
Ingredients
  • Tyson® Lightly Breaded Strips 24 ounces
  • 1 jar pasta sauce 28 oz
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 lb thin spaghetti cooked according to package
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Additional herbs for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stir 1 tablespoon each fresh basil & parsley into pasta sauce. Heat sauce on low while chicken is cooking.
  3. Place Tyson® Lightly Breaded Strips on a baking pan and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and turn the oven up to 450 degrees.
  5. Spoon about 1 tablespoon pasta sauce on each chicken strip. Divide cheeses over chicken and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  6. Meanwhile, boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Toss with olive oil.
  7. To serve, place 1 serving of pasta on a plate, top with 1 spoonful of pasta sauce and cheesy chicken breast strips.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 370, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 352mg, Potassium: 208mg, Carbohydrates: 57g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 23g, Vitamin A: 5.8%, Vitamin C: 1.1%, Calcium: 42.7%, Iron: 6.5%

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

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This Weeknight Chicken Parmesan is a delicious weeknight meal ready in under 30 minutes! Tender chicken topped with tomato sauce, herbs & cheese, this is a family favorite!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

8 comments on “Easy Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Keep on feeding me!! Recipes great

  2. Thank you Holly for sharing these “easy peezy ” quick , no fuss recipes….I’ve never tried Wal-Mart’s
    Tyson. Chicken…I generally get mine at the Giant Eagle….I’ll. Be making a run to Wal-Mart later today
    and will be sure to pick a bag up…I like the “lightly breaded ” choice….never tried that one……. I can’t wait to try these others ..”Skinny. Chicken Alfredo ” and. ” Pizza. Pasta. Bake. “

  3. My daughter and I like to bread our own chicken so we did and then deep fried it. We continued with the recipe the same.

  4. Oh my gosh it looks amazing. I need this in my life ASAP. Gotta find that chicken!

  5. This looks great, Holly! Love that it’s fast enough for a weeknight and that cheese draws me right in!

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