Chicken Parmesan, also known as Chicken Parmigiana, is a classic Italian dish that combines crispy breaded chicken cutlets with tangy tomato sauce and melted cheese. This blog post will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make the best chicken Parmesan. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned cook, this recipe is easy to follow and guarantees a delicious and satisfying meal for the whole family. So, let's dive into the world of chicken Parmesan and discover why it has become a beloved favorite in Italian cuisine.
Preparing Chicken-The first thing I do is make sure I take my chicken breast out before I get my day started. This ensures that my chicken is properly thawed and ready to be seasoned when I get home from a busy day.
Seasoning- Season chicken with pepper and salt.
Making Chicken Breading- Gather all your ingredients: flour, Italian breadcrumbs, seasoning, and eggs. This way once I get the grease ready, I can have the perfect fried chicken.
1.Season chicken with pepper and salt. Place chicken breast into flour
2.Then place your regular chicken breasts eggs (make sure to mix eggs)
3.Then place chicken into Italian breadcrumbs
Now that you have your chicken breaded place in hot grease for 3- 4 minutes on each side. Don’t fry for too long because you will be placing in the oven for 15-20 minutes later
5. Marinara Sauce Place 1 jar of store bought marinara sauce in pot along with parsley leaves, mozzarella cheese, sugar in pot and stir. Let cook for 5 minutes or until boiling.
6.Then place sauce on top. Not too much. Add parmesan cheese on top
7. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will want dessert after this meal. Try my quick and easy cheesecake!
- Eggplant Parmesan: Substitute chicken cutlets with thin slices of eggplant for a vegetarian twist on this classic dish.
- Zucchini Parmesan: Replace the chicken with sliced zucchini and follow the same breading and baking process for a lighter and healthier option.
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken: Coat the chicken in a mixture of panko breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese for an extra crispy crust.
- Chicken Parmesan Sub: Serve the breaded chicken on a hoagie roll with melted mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce for a delicious sandwich variation.
- Store-Bought Sauce: If you're short on time, you can use your favorite store-bought pasta sauce instead of making homemade marinara sauce.
- Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour to make this recipe suitable for those with dietary restrictions.
- Baking sheet: To place the breaded chicken for baking.
- Meat mallet or rolling pin: To pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness.
- Shallow dish or pie plate: For the breadcrumb mixture and egg wash.
- Large skillet: To cook the breaded chicken to a golden brown.
- Sheet pan: To transfer the cooked chicken for baking with the sauce and cheese.
- Meat thermometer: To ensure the chicken reaches the safe internal temperature.
- Leftover chicken Parmesan can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- To reheat, place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.
This dump and bake chicken parmesan is a timeless dish that never fails to impress. With its crispy coating, flavorful tomato sauce, and gooey melted cheese, it's perfect for special occasions or a cozy date night at home. By following this easy recipe, you'll be able to create a restaurant-quality that will have your whole family asking for seconds.So grab your ingredients, get cooking, and enjoy a taste of Italy with this classic recipe that has stood the test of time.
Spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, rigatoni, or farfalle (bowtie pasta).
Chianti, Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Noir, or a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay typically pair well with chicken parmesan.
Yes, you can definitely make chicken parmesan with chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. The process and ingredients remain largely the same. Simply coat the chicken thighs in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, pan-fry them until golden and crispy, top with marinara sauce and cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. It's a delicious alternative to the traditional chicken parmesan made with chicken breasts.
Some popular options to serve with chicken parmesan include pasta, garlic bread, Caesar salad, roasted vegetables, Italian pasta salad, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and Caprese salad.
Last Updated on August 9, 2023 by Ronalyn Alston | Published: June 3, 2020
June 3, 2020