Chicken Parmesan is a hearty dish that’s so easy to make! Baked chicken with a crisp, golden crust, zesty homemade sauce and gooey cheese makes this a family favorite any night of the week!
Italian food is a staple in our weeknight dinner rotation. We love to make dishes from all over the globe! Some of our other favorites are Indian, Mexican, Asian, and Greek.
This Chicken Parmesan (also called Chicken Parmigiana or the shortened “Chicken Parm”) is my favorite dish to serve when I want to serve something that seems fancy, but is actually pretty simple to make. My husband begs me to make it all the time. Your family will devour this meal and I bet they will also ask for seconds!
Is Chicken Parmesan Easy to Make?
Yes! This recipe calls for simple, easy to find ingredients. In fact, you probably already have some of them in your fridge and pantry. That’s what I love about this meal; it can be assembled easily without a lot of extra effort. But it tastes like you’ve slaved away for hours! You can also make this recipe even easier by using a pre-made sauce. While I love a homemade sauce, I know that sometimes quick and easy is the name of the game!
How to Make Homemade Sauce
If you do have the time to make a sauce, it is definitely worth it. Made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic and spices, this sauce is so much better than anything you get from a jar. It simmers for an hour, giving the spices and seasonings time to blend and also for your house to smell like heaven! First, start by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil. Then, add tomatoes and spices and simmer.
What Do You Eat With Chicken Parmesan?
Obviously, we love to eat our Chicken Parmesan with pasta and homemade tomato sauce, as shown in the recipe below. However, if that isn’t your thing, there are other options! Sometimes we enjoy this dish with a side of our Old Spaghetti Factory’s Brown Butter and Mizithra Pasta. We’ve also served it with mashed potatoes, caesar salad, and/or steamed broccoli. Besides that, do you have any favorite sides for your Chicken Parmesan?
To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute GF panko breadcrumbs for original, and serve over gluten free pasta. Make sure to READ LABELS at the grocery store, and you should be fine.
Absolutely. As mentioned above, the sauce freezes beautifully. To freeze the chicken, completely wrap the chicken in plastic wrap or foil and place in freezer. Add fresh cheese before assembling your meal before serving.
Yes! The delicious sauce can be made ahead and frozen for up to a couple of months. You can bread your chicken and store it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. You can also boil the spaghetti noodles and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat the sauce, warm in a saucepan on the stove. Then bake the chicken as directed in the recipe card below, warm up the noodles and you’re in business!
This recipe requires no deep frying at all! Because the chicken is covered in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, it bakes up crisp and golden on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. Baking the chicken keeps the calorie count down as well, so you can afford to smother the whole thing in yummy, gooey cheese!
More Easy Cheesy Dishes
If you’ve got Parmesan on your mind, we’ve assembled a few of our favorite cheesy favorites also packed with tangy parm. Enjoy!
- Parmesan Pull Apart Bread
- Parmesan Baked Potato Halves
- Paprika Parmesan Chicken
- Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
- Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi
- Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
How to Make Chicken Parmesan
FOR THE SAUCE:
- Heat a little vegetable oil in a large skillet and sauté onion and garlic. When onions are soft and translucent, add the crushed and diced tomatoes. Add basil, oregano, parsley, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a good rolling simmer. Add tomato sauce. Reduce heat a little and simmer uncovered for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.
- About 20 minutes prior to serving, put chicken in a Ziplock bag and add beaten egg and garlic. Smash all the air out of the bag, seal tightly, then work the chicken around a little bit so it is covered in egg.
- On a plate or pie pan, combine bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
- Heat oil on medium heat in another large skillet. Remove chicken from egg mixture and press into the bread crumbs. When covered in bread crumbs, add the chicken to the oil. Brown on each side. Place chicken on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375-degrees for about 12 minutes or until no longer pink.
- While the chicken is cooking, cook spaghetti to al dente. Remove chicken from oven, add 2 slices of cheese per chicken breast, then return to the oven for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Layer on individual plates: spaghetti, sauce, then chicken.