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Chicken Parmesan

Best Ever Chicken Parmesan has boneless chicken coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then fried crispy and golden brown, served in individual baking dishes on top of spaghetti and smothered in extra sauce and melted Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

This dish is easy and quick, ready in just 30 minutes.

This is one our all time favorite go-to meals and is perfect for a romantic impressive restaurant-quality date night dinner or a weekend lunch for two.

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Chicken Parmesan – Romantic Dinner for Two

Serve this with a refreshing glass of this Peach Sangria and a slice of romantic Red Velvet Cake for Two.

Chicken Parmesan originated in the northeast United States from Italian immigrants, and became a popular staple in restaurants serving Italian-American cuisine by the 1950s. It is also known in the United States as chicken parm and in Australia as a parma, parmi, or parmy.

To read more about the origins of Chicken Parmesan check out this Chicken Parmigiana article.

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How to make easy Chicken Parmesan:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.

Drain the pasta then toss with 10 ounces (1 ¼ cup) of spaghetti sauce. Cover and keep warm over low heat.

cooked spaghetti with sauce

Arrange 3 shallow dishes side by side.

3 shallow dishes with breading ingredients inside

First shallow dish: Mix together the flour, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.

Second shallow dish: Whisk together the egg and water until incorporated.

Third shallow dish: Stir together the Parmesan cheese and Panko.

Pat-dry each chicken piece with a paper towel. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound flat with a meat mallet.

Dredge each piece of chicken into flour and shake off the excess flour.

Dip each into the egg.

Coat each with Panko and Parmesan mix. Press on extra Panko mixture to coat.

Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Fry the chicken until browned and cooked through, about 5 -7 minutes on each side.

Chicken Parmesan frying in a pan

Place the spaghetti coated with sauce into two 18.6 ounce individual baking dishes or one 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Click here for 18.6 ounce oven safe dishes..

spaghetti with sauce in 2 dishes

Top the spaghetti with the chicken.

Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti in two dishes

Pour 1/4 cup of sauce on top of each chicken.

Chicken Parmesan topped with sauce in two dishes

Top each with some Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese and basil.

Chicken Parmesan ready to bake
Easy Cheesy Chicken Parmesan

Bake for about 5 minutes until Mozzarella is melted.

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Yield: Serves 2

Best Ever Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chicken Parmesan has boneless chicken coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then fried crispy and golden brown, served in individual dishes on top of spaghetti and smothered with more spaghetti sauce and melted Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz uncooked spaghetti (1/4 of a 16 ounce box)
  • 14 oz spaghetti sauce (divide into 1 1/4 cups and 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup Panko Japanese Bread Crumbs
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken filets (4 oz each)
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh basil (cut into small ribbons)
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
  2. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  3. Drain the pasta then toss with 10 ounces (1 ¼ cup) of spaghetti sauce. Cover and keep warm over low heat.
  4. Arrange 3 shallow dishes side by side.
  5. First shallow dish: Mix flour, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  6. Second shallow dish: Whisk egg and water together until incorporated.
  7. Third shallow dish: Stir together the Parmesan cheese and Panko.
  8. Pat-dry each chicken piece with a paper towel. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound flat with a meat mallet.
  9. Dredge each piece of chicken into flour and shake off the excess flour.
  10. Dip each into the egg.
  11. Coat each with Panko and Parmesan mix. Press on extra Panko mixture to coat.
  12. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  13. Fry the chicken until browned and cooked through, about 5 - 7 minutes on each side.
  14. Place the spaghetti with sauce into two 18.6 ounce individual baking dishes or one 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Click for 18.6 ounce oven safe dishes.
  15. Top the spaghetti with the chicken.
  16. Spoon a couple tablespoons of sauce on top of each chicken.
  17. Top each with some Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese and basil.
  18. Bake for about 5 minutes until Mozzarella is melted.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 869Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 251mgSodium: 2289mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 63g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Heather

Monday 16th of November 2020

Can I use Italian bread crumbs rather than panko?

Zona

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Hi Heather, You can use regular or Italian bread crumbs in place of panko if needed and most recipes should still work just fine however there can be a slight variation in texture. For this recipe the breading may be a little thinner and slightly less crunchy.

Suzanne Neas

Saturday 1st of August 2020

This sounds so yummy for Papaw and me....can you make it up and pop it into the freezer for later?

Zona

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Hi Suzanne, I don't think this would freeze well but the good news is, this dish only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, cook, and be ready to serve so it's a pretty quick lunch or dinner option.

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Bub

Thursday 19th of September 2019

Hi I'm having trouble getting my chicken to cook through all the way. Any tips?

Zona

Friday 20th of September 2019

Hi Bub, make sure you have flattened the chicken as in step 8 and then it should take around 5 minutes per side to fry but you can continue cooking a couple more minutes on each side until cooked through. Hope that helps and enjoy!

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