Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan, a crispy and cheezy dish, is a go-to for anyone craving comfort food with an Italian twist. This quick and easy recipe brings together tender chicken, golden-brown crust, and gooey melted mozzarella, all topped with flavorful marinara sauce. Perfect for busy weeknights or weekend dinners, Chicken Parmesan is a crowd-pleaser that even the pickiest eaters will adore.

Why You’ll Love Chicken Parmesan

  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is a lifesaver when you need a delicious meal in a pinch. With minimal prep and cook time, you’ll have a mouthwatering dish on the table without breaking a sweat.
  • Deliciously Cheezy: Melted mozzarella cheese crowning each chicken breast adds a delightful gooey texture, making each bite an explosion of flavors.
  • Perfect for Recipes: Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or a kitchen novice, Chicken Parmesan is a great addition to your repertoire. Impress your family and friends with this restaurant-quality dish made in the comfort of your own kitchen.
  • Sweet and Savory Combo: The marinara sauce paired with the golden-brown chicken creates a perfect balance of sweet and savory, leaving your taste buds satisfied and craving more.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Serve it over a bed of cooked pasta, alongside a fresh salad, or sandwiched between two slices of crusty bread for an Italian-inspired sandwich.

What You Need to Make Chicken Parmesan

  • Baking dish
  • Bowls for coating ingredients
  • Skillet
  • Whisk
  • Tongs

Ingredients You Need To Make Chicken Parmesan

  • Chicken breasts
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Gluten-free bread crumbs
  • Italian seasoning
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cooked pasta
  • Marinara sauce

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use regular breadcrumbs?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use gluten-free breadcrumbs, but feel welcome to choose your preferred breadcrumb option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the breadcrumbs of your choice for the recipe.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

Set the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine bread crumbs and Italian seasoning in one bowl. Whisk together egg and milk in another bowl. Place cornstarch in a third bowl.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on flattened chicken breasts.

Coat Chicken: Dip each chicken breast in cornstarch, then egg mixture, and coat thoroughly with seasoned bread crumbs.

Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and cook chicken on each side until golden brown, ensuring it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Transfer cooked chicken to a baking dish, top each breast with a slice of mozzarella, and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Enjoy Chicken Parmesan over cooked pasta with marinara sauce.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use regular bread crumbs instead of gluten-free?

Absolutely, feel free to use regular bread crumbs if gluten is not a concern.

Can I prepare the chicken ahead of time and bake it later?

Yes, you can prepare the coated chicken and refrigerate it until ready to bake.

Is it okay to use a different type of cheese? 

Certainly, experiment with your favorite cheese to customize the dish to your liking.

Can I freeze leftover Chicken Parmesan? 

While it’s best fresh, you can freeze leftovers, though the texture may change slightly upon reheating.

Chicken Parmesan

Crispy, Cheezy and so dang good! One of my favorite quick meals.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 564kcal


  • Baking Dish
  • Bowls for coating ingredients
  • Skillet
  • Whisk
  • Tongs


Ingredients for Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts flattened
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to season
  • 2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 slices of mozzarella

For Serving

  • Cooked pasta
  • Marinara sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In one bowl, combine the bread crumbs and Italian seasoning. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In a third bowl, place the cornstarch.
  • Season the flattened chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Dip each chicken breast first into the cornstarch mixture, then into the egg mixture, and finally coat thoroughly with the seasoned bread crumbs.
  • Heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken cutlets to the skillet and cook each side for approximately 4-7 minutes until golden brown, ensuring the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet and place them on a baking dish.
  • Top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Serve the Chicken Parmesan with cooked pasta and marinara sauce.
  • Enjoy!



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1mg
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This recipe is the perfect combination of crispy chicken, melty cheese, and savory marinara with Chicken Parmesan. This recipe offers a quick, easy, and satisfying meal that brings the flavors of Italy to your dinner table. Impress your loved ones or enjoy a comforting solo dinner – Chicken Parmesan is a versatile and tasty choice for any occasion.

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