The BEST Chicken Parmesan

The BEST Chicken Parmesan. Tender pan fried chicken breasts coated in panko breadcrumbs and lots of parmesan cheese. Perfectly crisp and crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Topped with tomato sauce and melty mozzarella cheese. This easy chicken parmesan recipe is way better than any restaurant!

parmesan chicken topped with fresh basil

The BEST Chicken Parmesan

This Parmesan Chicken Recipe is one of my all time favorite meals. It comes out incredibly juicy, tender and perfectly crisp on the outside. It truly is the BEST chicken parmesan! I take thin cut chicken breast and bread them in a mixture of parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Next I pan fry them until golden brown then top them with marinara and mozzarella cheese. Broil to melt the cheese than serve! What I love most about this garlic parmesan chicken is that it stays crispy and does not get soggy!

This recipe starts with a three step breading process. Flour, egg, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. To keep the chicken extra juicy I use skinless boneless chicken breast and cut them in half. I pound them out to a 1/2 inch thickness. This helps the chicken to cook evenly as well as shortening the cooking time. Fast quick cooking = more tender chicken.

What is chicken parmesan

Chicken parmesan also known as “Chicken Parmigiana” is a traditional Italian meal of thinly sliced chicken breast breaded then baked, pan fried or deep fried until crispy. Tomato sauce and mozzarella are added then broiled until gooey. This dish is thought to have been inspired from one of my other favorites: Eggplant parmesan!

What makes this recipe the best!

  • Replacing some of the breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese helps to keep the breading crispy on the outside and super cheesy.
  • Pounding the chicken to a 1/2 inch thick keeps the cooking time down resulting in a juicier and tender piece of chicken. It also helps the chicken to cook evenly.
  • I start with a hot pan and make sure not to overcrowd the pan. This will ensure the chickens extra crispy and never soggy.

parmesan chicken on cooling rack

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast: Make sure to pound these out really thin! I cut the chicken breast in half length wise then pound them out.
  • Olive Oil: Helps to keep the chicken from sticking to the pan and helps it get golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  • All Purpose Flour: Gives the egg something to stick to.
  • Eggs: Help to keep the breading onto the chicken.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: The panko breadcrumbs gives the breading a light and airy texture. I recommend using panko over regular breadcrumbs. It makes the breading a lot crunchier!
  • Parmesan Cheese: 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese is added to the breading! When testing this recipe I kept adding more and more parmesan cheese to the breading. I felt it added some much needed salt and added so much flavor.
  • Breading: Flour, Egg, Panko Breadcrumbs and Parmesan Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese: I prefer to use fresh sliced mozzarella cheese over shredded prepackaged mozzarella. Pre shredded cheese contains additives that keep it from melting properly.
  • Tomato Sauce: Use your favorite tomato sauce recipe or try my slow cooker tomato sauce!
  • Basil: Is a must for topping this chicken parm!

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

  • Slice chicken in half: Start by cutting chicken in half horizontally. Pound each piece until 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

pounding chicken on a cutting board

  • Bread chicken: Add flour to a shallow dish, set aside. Add egg to a shallow bowl and whisk, set aside. Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to a shallow bowl and mix to combine. Starting with the flour and ending with breadcrumbs, dip the chicken into the flour, egg and Parmesan breadcrumbs. The best way to bread the chicken is to keep one hand for wet ingredients and one hand for dry. This helps from getting the dreaded breading hands.
  • Pan fry chicken: Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken two at a time to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden grown and cooked all the way through.

pan frying cutlets in silver skillet

  • Broil: Place chicken in a pan or sheet tray and top with mozzarella cheese. Broil on high until melted and bubbly.

topping the cutlets with cheese

  • Serve: Immediately with tomato sauce on top and a sprinkle of basil for serving!

slicing cooked chicken on plate

Can I bake the chicken instead?

If you prefer to bake the chicken instead of pan frying I recommend baking in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees. The ingredients and breading instructions for the baked parmesan chicken are the same as pan frying. Enjoy!

What to serve with this chicken parmesan recipe

parmesan chicken recipe on baking sheet

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes! You can prep this recipe by breading the chicken in advance and freezing. When you are ready to eat place frozen chicken in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Tips for making the BEST Chicken Parmesan

  • Only add the chicken to the pan when the oil is nice and hot otherwise the chicken will stick and it won’t get properly browned on the outside.
  • Feel free to use other types of cheese. Thin sliced provolone cheese would be amazing on top!
  • Make sure to well season your chicken breast. I make sure to thoroughly season with salt and pepper on both sides. This is necessary to get a properly seasoned dish.
  • Don’t add too much sauce! This will cause the chicken to get soggy. I like to put a little bit of tomato sauce on top of the chicken after broiling the cheese. I serve extra marinara on the side for dipping. You could also put a spoonful of tomato sauce on each plate and top with the chicken cutlet.

Storage, Freezing and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftover parmesan chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze cooked and cooled chicken cutlets (without the sauce and cheese) in an airtight, freezer-safe plastic bag or container for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat from chilled or frozen in the oven on a rack at 375 to ensure they get crispy again, or (even better) in the air fryer!

the best chicken parmesan on white plate

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The BEST Chicken Parmesan

4.89 from 63 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

The BEST Chicken Parmesan. Tender pan fried chicken breasts coated in panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. A quick and easy 30 minute meal everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded
  • basil for serving if desired

Instructions

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  • Cut chicken in half horizontally. Pound each piece until 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Add flour to a shallow dish.
    Add egg to a shallow bowl and whisk, set aside.
    Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to a shallow bowl and mix to combine.
  • Starting with the flour and ending with breadcrumbs, dip the chicken into the flour, egg and Parmesan breadcrumbs.
  • Add oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat.
    Once hot add in chicken two at a time to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden grown and cooked all the way through.
  • Place chicken in a pan or sheet tray and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Broil on high until melted and bubbly. Top with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of basil for serving, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Originally published Nov 2, 2015

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 773mg34%
Potassium 471mg13%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 256mg26%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cheese, Chicken Breast, Exrta Virgin Olive Oil, Family Meal, Fresh Basil, The BEST Chicken Parmesan

 

 

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