Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chicken Parmesan is amazingly crispy topped with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. This is a restaurant quality dish, easily made at home.

This is one of the best recipes you can get. It is flavorful, and the rich homemade tomato sauce elevates this dish to a higher level. Enjoy it over pasta, or with some roasted asparagus, or mashed potatoes.

Chicken Parmesan

Crispy Chicken Parmesan

This crispy chicken parmesan recipe is our favorite homemade dinner. If you crave for one of the Best classic Italian dishes, then this one is for you! We bread the chicken breast and then pan fry it in the skillet with a bit of oil. Just enough to give it the perfect golden color and a crispy texture. Then, we top it with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

For the perfect finish, we bake it in the oven just enough for the cheese to get bubbly and melted. This will beat any restaurant recipe out there. It will be ready in about 30 minutes, and the flavors are amazing and super delicious!

What is Chicken Parmesan?

Chicken parmigiana or parmesan is a popular Italian-American dish. It consists of a breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and cheese, then baked to perfection. It is thought to have originated from Southern Italy using breaded eggplant. Today is one of the most ordered dishes at an Italian restaurant around the world! Therefore, by all means, go ahead and try to make this amazingly delicious and popular dish.

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How to Make Chicken Parmesan

  • Depending on your liking, you can use whole breasts or thin them in half. If you are going with the thinner option, make sure to pound it with a mallet or roll with a rolling pin. This will ensure a tender and juicy meat. Also, important to remember the thinner the meat, the faster it cooks, so reduce the cooking time by a few minutes.
  • Pat the meat dry before dipping into the beaten eggs and then the breading and parmesan.
  • The crumb coating ratio we use is about a 2:1 mixture of bread crumbs to parmesan cheese plus some herbs.
  • Similarly, to make the breasts crispy, cook them coated in very hot oil in a single layer. This will give them crispy golden outside which is exactly what you want here.
  • To finish off this delicious dish, all you need to do is top it with a decent portion of amazing tomato sauce, and then top that with some slices of fresh mozzarella or provolone, along with some grated parmesan.
  • Lastly, put it in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese gets bubbly and melty.

How to make the breading?

Breading mixture is very easy to make, and requires only a few ingredients:

  • Panko Japanese breadcrumb – this is ideal for coating and frying, because it is dryer than regular breadcrumbs, and absorb less oil producing a crispy and crunchier crumb!
  • Italian seasoning breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan or Provolone cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika – it adds a nice color
  • Italian seasoning herbs – for extra flavor
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and combine them together.

What to serve with chicken parmesan

Traditionally, it is served over pasta or fettuccini. However, for a healthier alternative you could try:

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How to Make Chicken Parmesan

How to make oven baked chicken parmesan?

For a healthier option, you can go ahead with the oven baked version. It is similarly delicious and flavorful. You can check the oven baked recipe by clicking here.

Can Chicken Parmesan be Frozen?

Absolutely! If you have any leftover this is the right dish to freeze. However, keep in mind that once frozen, it may not be as crispy as fresh, but will be just as delicious! Simply, transfer the dish to a freezer-proof container or quart bags, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can reheat it in the microwave or oven.

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Classic Chicken Parmesan
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 cutlets
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 3  medium-large skinless/boneless chicken breasts  (sliced into cutlets or use smaller chicken breasts)
  •  Vegetable Oil  (for frying)

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 teaspoon  ground paprika  (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried Italian seasoning 

Dip Mix:

  • 2  large eggs  (beaten)

Topping:

  • 1 cup  tomato sauce  (or marinara sauce)
  • 12 slices  Buffalo mozzarella cheese 
  •  Fresh chopped parsley 

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Lightly pound each chicken cutlet with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin to slightly flatten it.

Brine Chicken:

  1. Add 6 cups of water to a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Whisk until salt is dissolved. Add the chicken into the mixture, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. While this step is optional, it is added to make the meat extra tender and juicy.

Prep Work:

  1. In a large shallow bowl, combine all the "Chicken Crust" ingredients and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Place a large, deep skillet over high medium-heat and add enough oil until its about half full. Make sure the oil is hot when you start cooking the chicken.

Fry the Chicken:

  1. Take each chicken cutlet, pat it dry with paper towels and first dip it into the beaten eggs, shake to drain and roll it into the bread crumbs mixture. Cover it very well in bread crumbs. Transfer to the pan with hot oil and cook on each side just golden-brown, it will take just 2-4 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking dish.

Bake Chicken:

  1. Top each chicken cutlet with a few tablespoons of tomato sauce, and 2 slices of Buffalo mozzarella cheese.

  2. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the meat is cooked through.

  3. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve.
Calories: 360 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 38 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 156 Sodium: 1196 Potassium: 658 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 715 Vitamin C: 4.2 Calcium: 293 Iron: 2.4
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Amanda

This is such a delicious meal! I love making it for the family !

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Sabrina

Everyone in my house loved this! Definitely going into regular rotation. 

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Demeter

This sounds so flavorful! What a wonderful classic dinner. 

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Abeer

This is our new favorite dinner idea! It's easy, crispy and creamy at the same time!

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Melanie Bauer

This dish is a winner! I can make this at home later, so tasty and flavorful!

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Jade

Winner winner Chicken dinner!

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robin rue

This sounds SO good. Chicken parm is one of my all time favorite meals.

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Karen

Love this! I'd have to take your advice and try it with some roasted asparagus. This looks incredibly delicious!

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Amber Myers

This looks fabulous! I just love chicken parm. I'll have to try this recipe for sure. I know my family will eat it :)

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Alli Smith

I had to stop reading in the middle so I could pin it! I can't wait to try this recipe. It looks so delicious.

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Kita Bryant

One of my favorite things to make! We are lactose intolerent but this is so worth me taking my lactose meds lol. I will be cooking this for next week putting on my menu plan now

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candy

People think this is a difficult meal to fix.  Actually it is very simple and makes for a wonderful meal.

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Jacque

I made this last night and it was amazing. I didn't have to force my kids to finish their plate they did it without arguing. Thank you!

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Liz Mays

This sounds like the perfect dinner for pasta night. I'm always happy to have extra meals that work well as leftovers too.

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Roch

I love chicken parmesan with either carbonara (white pasta) or with rice! Leftovers taste even better - I can just top some more cheese and put it in the oven to heat.

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Tasheena

Chicken Parm is a fav in my home. Looking forward to adding this recipe to my upcoming menu plan. 

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Denay DeGuzman

Oh my goodness! My mouth is literally watering looking at these gorgeous food images! I'd love to make this crispy chicken parmesan recipe ASAP!

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Ricci

Oh gosh I love a good Chicken Parmesan recipe! This sounds delicious and I love that it's crispy! YUM!

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Shoshana Sue

I must try your recipe this weekend. We love chicken parmesan and always looking to try new recipes. The photos are so mouth watering!

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Chubskulit Rose

My husband love chicken parm. This is a different recipe from what I have so I will try yours, thanks.

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Terri Steffes

I had my first chicken parmesana when I was in college. I have tried and tried to duplicate it but I think your recipe is as close as I remember. Can't wait to try it.

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Lynndee

Yum! And since I have all the ingredients for this, I am going to make this for dinner tonight. Saving your recipe! Thanks!

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Marysa

This looks like a nice, hearty meal that I could squeeze in on a busy weeknight. Your recipe sounds delicious!

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Amy H

I was just trying to put my menu together for next weeks dinners - and I think that I will be making this on Sunday! It looks so good!

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Kasey

I love a good Chicken Parmesan. I've never made it though, So I'm excited to try this recipe! Thank you!

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Farrah Less

Chicken parmesan is one of my husband favorite dish. Its been a long time aince i make this for him. He would be very please if i try this recipe and make it this weekend.

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