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The Best Chicken Parmesan has the perfect fried, breaded coating and is smothered in marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese for ooey gooey classic comfort food perfection. 

Baked Chicken Parmesan being lifted out of the pan with a silver spatula.

This recipe for a classic Chicken Parmesan is absolute perfection. You’ll want to be sure to use thin chicken breasts for this. If the chicken breasts you purchase are not already thin (which so many are nowadays), use a mallet to pound out your chicken to an even thickness that’s on the thinner side.

Next up in our recipe for comfort food perfection is the bread coating. It starts with a seasoned flour mixture, then gets dipped into beaten eggs, and finally rolled in seasoned bread crumbs. This recipe calls for a combination of panko bread crumbs AND regular dried bread crumbs. I find that it is the perfect combination to provide the ultimate crunchy combination. Be sure to use seasoned Italian style bread crumbs. If using plain, you’ll need to add in 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning to the mix.

Overhead shot of untouched baked chicken parmesan in its pan.

How do you keep chicken parmesan crispy?

If you want to give your chicken parmesan the ultimate crisp, wait to put the marinara sauce on until just before serving. This means that you will need to melt the mozzarella and parmesan cheese directly onto the fried chicken breast. Warm the marinara sauce before saucing the chicken for best results.

What kind of cheese do you use to make chicken parmesan?

Chicken Parmesan is made using a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Mozzarella provides the ooey gooey melted cheese factor, while parmesan adds a lot of flavor. For best results use both fresh mozzarella cheese and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Baked chicken parmesan in a red pan with basil on it.

Chicken Parmesan Serving Suggestion

You can serve Chicken Parmesan on a bed of cooked pasta of any shape. Coat your pasta with a little olive oil or melted butter to keep it from sticking together. Add an additional cup of marinara to this recipe when serving over pasta so that you have enough sauce to coat the pasta. For a more flavorful pasta option, try my Quick Brown Butter Garlic Angel Hair Pasta.

You can also serve your Chicken Parmesan by itself with a side of roasted vegetables, like my Roasted Broccoli, or a side salad.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of the recipe for a visual reference.

Best Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan being lifted out of the pan with a silver spatula.
The Best Chicken Parmesan has the perfect fried, breaded coating and is smothered in marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese for ooey gooey classic comfort food perfection.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 thin boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  • Place out 3 shallow dishes. Fill the first with flour, salt, pepper and stir together. In the second dish whisk eggs. In the third dish stir together both bread crumbs, garlic powder, and 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
  • Coat the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg mixture to coat, then roll in the bread crumb mixture until well coated. Set aside.
  • Pour the olive oil into a heavy skillet and add in butter over medium high heat. Once butter has melted, add in chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until chicken is browned on both sides. Transfer chicken to the lightly greased baking dish.
  • Spread marinara on top of each chicken breast. Top each breast with two slices of mozzarella and sprinkle on remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated 450 degree oven until cheese is bubbly and browned and chicken is cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve hot.
Notes
If you want to give your chicken parmesan the ultimate crisp, wait to put the marinara sauce on until just before serving. This means that you will need to melt the mozzarella and parmesan cheese directly onto the fried chicken breast. Warm the marinara sauce before saucing the chicken for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 810kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 2116mg | Potassium: 842mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 608mg | Iron: 5.4mg

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Dawnj

5 stars
Love your recipes as you can make them first time with excellent results. Never have to change or add anything to your recipes or make notes. This recipe is perfect as written and fabulous tasting. Thank you for all the wonderful dishes I have made for my family.

Marcia

5 stars
Ok. I have been honing my cooking skills during this pandemic …
But this was OVER THE TOP!!!!
Served it for my husband’s 68 th birthday and it may have been the best meal I have cooked him in the past 42 years !!
I recommend stretching for the organic air chilled chicken !!!
Served with angel hair pasta and a killer Zinfandel!!

5 stars
Winner, winner! Chicken Parmigiana Dinner! This one truly lived up to its name: Best Ever. My whole family loved it, including the picky eater. I served it with the recommended Browned Butter Garlic Angel Hair pasta and Garlic Roasted Broccoli. Everything was perfectly complemented. I love your recipes Rachel. Thank you for making dinner delicious!

5 stars
I used thicker than recommended breasts (cooked a little longer) and they were still moist . Everyone raved . Will make again with thinner breasts.

Pascale Barreau

4 stars
love it! ❤️ made pasta on the side

I will have to look for one of those grill pans, as I eat a lot of chicken. During the warm months I do use a gas grill outside, but have been using a Forman grill in winter. I have found that it will make nice grill marks, but to cook all the way through, wind up with burned grill marks. I never considered just a quick grilling to get the marks and finishing up in the oven. Thank you for the post. now I won’t have to use ketchup to give my chicken a little moisture when I eat… Read more »

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Looks delicious.

Rachel,
I was wondering how to Make Pimento Cheese Spread?? It’s so Expensive for just a little bit in the Grocery Store….I’m looking for a good, but plentiful recipe…
Also I believe this would be good on a Chicken Recipe, but I have No idea how to Incorporate it… I Need HELP PLEASE!!!❣

Helen Hamilton

Hi Rachel, Your recipe sounds delicious but I live in the UK and don’t know what Marinara sauce is. It looks as if it is a tomato sauce. Please can you tell me.?

LINDA C MCMURTREY

I used to make it when my kids were younger. I grated a loaf of Velveeta, added a jar of pimentos & mayo.

Linda

5 stars
So tender, moist, and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.

Jocelyne Stewart

5 stars
This ricepie is awesome absolutely delicious all my family love it . Lease give us more excellent ricepies like this one . You make cooking fun and easy for busy mom . Thank you so much Fabulous chef . Sincerely Jocelyne .

TINA

Can you clarify the bread crumbs? I see Panko comes in a variety of seasonings. Does this recipe call for plain Pablo bread crumbs or the Italian?

Also for the Italian style bread crumbs are you just taking an Italian loaf bread and crumbling it up?

Thank you

Kerry

5 stars
Made this the other night. It was a winner. I didn’t have regular Italian bread crumbs, so I doubled the panko bread crumbs and added Italian seasoning. It was still delicious!

Sue Kehoe

5 stars
I’ve been making Chicken Parmesan for years. I tried your recipe last night and it was the absolute best. I think that the combination of two bread crumbs contributed to the difference. Anyway. Awesome.

Marivel

5 stars
Will be making the lasagna recipe n chicken park. Can’t wait to also make the sauce recipe. Look so good.thanks for all…

Roger Lee Wehr

5 stars
Made this this evening and it was great!

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