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A scoop of breaded chicken parmesan fresh from the oven.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken Parmesan is an easy weeknight pasta dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, chicken
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 596kcal
Author Maike


  • 16 ounces pasta spaghetti, fettuccini, or linguini

Breaded Chicken Cutlets


For the Sauce

  • 24 ounces Marinara Sauce or your favorite pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese cut into 6 thin slices, grate remaining mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan grated



  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, cover, and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 450º Fahrenheit. 
  • Cut 6 thin slices of mozzarella cheese. Grate the remaining mozzarella. Set aside.
    Grate 1 cup of parmesan cheese. ½ cup for the breading and ½ cup to sprinkle on top of the marinara sauce.
  • Prepare two shallow dishes. The first dish is for the eggs. Use a fork or whisk to lightly beat the eggs. 
    In the second dish combine ½ cup of parmesan and 1 cup panko breadcrumbs.

Breading The Chicken

  • Butterfly the chicken. Cover with plastic foil and pound with a meat tenderizer (or a rolling pin) until the slices are thin and tender. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  • Dip each slice of chicken into the egg wash. Make sure the chicken is fully coated. Transfer the chicken into the bowl with the parmesan breadcrumb mixture and coat well. 

Frying The Chicken

  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot transfer the chicken into the frying pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides. About 3-5 minutes per side.

Assembling the Casserole

  • Use 2-3 tablespoons of marinara sauce and spread across a 9x13 inch casserole dish. 
  • Transfer fried chicken into the casserole dish and coat it with the remaining marinara sauce. Top with mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with the remaining grated mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Baking The Chicken Parmesan

  • Bake the chicken for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve Chicken Parmesan over pasta. Enjoy.



OPTIONAL: If your oven has a broiling function, turn the broiler on high. After the cheese has already melted, place the casserole under the broiler for about two minutes. This will result in a nicely golden-brown cheesy top. 


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1195mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 3mg