Baked Chicken Parmesan [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Baked Chicken Parmesan is the best healthy alternative to a fried meal. It is easy to prepare, resulting in tender, juicy and flavorful meat. This recipe is great for dinner especially, it will keep your belly full and your heart happy. Another benefit to this meal is that it will stay nice and moist when it comes out of the oven.

This homemade dish is truly one of a kind. It is hearty and flavorful, and the best part is that it goes well with many side dishes. You can pair it with Crispy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts or simply with some rice.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan (also called Chicken Parmigiana) is one of the most ordered and tasty dishes there are. Every time I bake it, it comes out just perfectly tender, with a rich and flavorful aroma. The sauce and melted mozzarella cheese are what makes this recipe stand out. I love how the mozzarella cheese drapes over the chicken and how the marinara sauce compliments it so well. This delicious dish is simple to make and worth every minute invested in it.

Serve it with pasta or potatoes, and a side salad and your dinner party will be the talk of the week. The melted mozzarella on the top adds just the right amount of cheesiness making it melt in your mouth. This is the best-baked chicken parmesan recipe you can get, and it tastes even better if topped with some fresh basil.

It is the right meal for any time of the year. Additionally, it is much healthier and tastier than anything fried. So get your friends and your family ready for an easy and delicious meal.

Is there a difference between Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Parmigiana?

Both words are used interchangeably, which means they are the same. There might be some variations of this dish based on where you eat it since every restaurant is catering based on its own taste. Some might top this dish with bacon, or use a different type of cheese instead of mozzarella. But at the end of the day, they are essentially the same dish.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce

Is chicken parmesan gluten free?

Since this dish uses bread crumbs, it might not be gluten-free. However, this is easily fixed, if you simply replace the regular bread crumbs with a gluten-free version. The best bet would be to use almond based flour.

How do you flatten chicken?

  • Take a knife and cut one side of the chicken almost in half.
  • Make sure the chicken breast is lying flat and cover it in plastic wrap.
  • Take a flat meat mallet or rolling pin and pound the meat lightly to a 1/4th-inch thickness.

How long do you bake Chicken Parmesan?

For perfectly tender and juicy meat, follow the steps below:

  • Heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Next, place the chicken breast on a cutting board and cut it lengthwise. This step will ensure quicker cooking time and also make it absorb the flavors better.
  • Brush some melted butter (or olive oil) onto the meat before covering in the bread crumbs, to ensure extra crispiness.
  • Cook for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and spoon 1 tbsp tomato sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with about 1.5 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Sprinkle with basil or parsley.
  • Bake for additional 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan from Scratch

What is the temperature that chicken should be cooked to?

The internal temperature of the chicken should always be cooked to 165 degrees F to ensure there is no pinkness. Check it with a thermometer to make sure the temperature is right. A small tip would be to check on the meat about 5 minutes prior to readiness. If the temperature of it is about 160 degrees F, you could remove from the oven and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes.

While resting, the meat’s internal temperature will keep rising, and it will reach the desired 165 degrees F mark. This way you know for sure the meat is perfectly moist and tender, rather than being dry.

How can Baked Chicken Parmesan be frozen?

This dish is simple to freeze with minimal effort. Just transfer the meat into an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3-6 months. It’s great to keep in your freezer and bring back whenever you deem fit.

The flavor still holds when you reheat it either in the oven or in the microwave. It is better to reheat it in the oven because that way the meat can be nice and crispy.

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Baked Chicken Parmesan
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Total time: 55 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-large  skinless/boneless chicken breasts  (sliced into cutlets or use smaller chicken breasts)
  •  Vegetable cooking spray 

Chicken Crust:

  • 1 cup  panko bread crumbs 
  • 1/2 cup  regular bread crumbs 
  • 1/2 cup  finely grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried basil 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried parsley flakes 

Dip Mix:

  • 1  large egg 
  • 1/2 cup  buttermilk 

Topping:

  • 1 cup  marinara sauce 
  • 1 cup  mozzarella cheese  (shredded)
  •  Fresh chopped parsley 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a large baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. If desired, for extra crispiness to bake the chicken you can place a cooling rack inside a baking dish.
  3. In a large shallow bowl, combine all the "Chicken Crust" ingredients.
  4. In another bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk.
  5. Place chicken cutlets on a cutting board and using a flat meat mallet or rolling pin, pound it to flatten it.
  6. Take each chicken cutlet and dip it into the egg mixture, shake to drain and roll it into the bread crumbs mixture. Cover it very well in bread crumbs. Place the chicken into the prepared baking dish (or onto the cooling rack).
  7. Spray the top of each chicken cutlet with vegetable oil spray and bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, it should look golden brown and crispy.
  8. Top each chicken cutlet with a few tablespoons of marinara sauce, add the rest to the baking dish. Top each cutlet with some shredded mozzarella cheese.
  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  10. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve.
Calories: 216 Carbohydrates: 19 Protein: 21 Fat: 5 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 62 Sodium: 1082 Potassium: 380 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 445 Vitamin C: 3.3 Calcium: 351 Iron: 2
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Candy

I like how this is bak d not fried. Give the sauce a chance to enhance all the flavors 

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I preferred it baked actually!

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cait

oh my gosh i had no diea how to bake this and it looks AMAZING- im def going to try and put this on the menu for the week bc i think my entire family would devour it ha. love a good baked chicken parmesan and all the items you used!

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You should try it! You will love it!

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Jeanette

That sounds like a great idea right now. I think that will be my dinner for tonight. It's easy, it's delicious and I know the family will like it.

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Its a very easy recipe for chicken and it tastes great!

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Tasheena

This recipe looks so yummy and would be perfect to add to my menu plan for this week. My family would love this recipe. 

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Definitely a must try!

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Swathi

This is perfect chicken Parmesan, I never thought baked version looks this much perfect. I will give it a try for weekend.

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You will love it!

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Amber Myers

Oo I need to try this for dinner one night for sure. They look SO amazing! We've always liked chicken parm.

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Healthier and so tasty!

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Glenda Cates

I was going to make Chicken for dinner tomorrow night and couldn't decide how I wanted to fix it so your recipe has shown me a new way to cook our dinner. I just hope my son and hubby will eat it with me.

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I am sure they will love it, its very good!

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Dennis Littley

Your recipe for Baked Chicken Parmesan sounds delicious and perfect for a warm dinner on a chilly day. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Its such a time saver during busy weeknights!

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Janet

One of my most favorite meals and the family loves it too. This recipe looks so delicious!

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And it's so easy to make!

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Karen Dawkins

Chicken parm is one of my all-time favorite dishes! But we are trying not to fry so much food. Thanks for a healthy alternative. Sounds delicious!

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Its a favorite around here too!

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Pam

Mmm, I love chicken parmesan. I haven't had it in ages though. I should make it soon.

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Heather

This is very similar to how my Grandma used to make it when I was a kid. My kids would love it this way!

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Terri Steffes

There is something pretty wonderful about chicken parmesan. It is old school, romantic and delicious.

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Lisa Martin

My family loves anything with chicken and pasta. Can't wait to give it a try, it sounds great.

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Marcie W.

Chicken parmesan is one of my all time favorites! I love this lighter baked version and it seems easy to prepare too.

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Louisa

This Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe just made my mouth water (and I just had a meal). Like Marcie, this is one of my favrotie food.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Baked chicken parm is an excellent meal solution. We all love the flavor of this dish but a baked version would be so much healthier than fried.

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ricci

OMG I love me some Chicken Parm and this recipe sounds so good!! I need to try this ASAP!!

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Louise

This looks SO tasty! I could actually sit and eat a portion right now :)Louise x

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