Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain panko
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (divided)
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Set out 3 medium bowls. In the first bowl, combine the flour, garlic salt, and pepper.
  3. In the second bowl, whisk both the eggs.
  4. In the third bowl, blend the panko, Italian breadcrumbs, and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Evenly coat each chicken breast half in the flour mixture, and then dip it in the egg mixture. Finally, transfer the chicken breast halves to the breadcrumb mixture, and press the crumbs evenly onto both sides of each breast half. Set the halves aside.
  6. Drizzle the olive oil into a large skillet along with the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until the chicken is golden brown on both sides.
  7. With a pair of tongs, place the chicken into the lightly greased baking dish. Pour equal amounts of the marinara sauce on top of each chicken breast half.
  8. Sprinkle each chicken breast half with equal layers of shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned and the chicken is baked through to 165 degrees. Check the chicken's temperature using an instant-read thermometer.
  10. Once the chicken Parmesan is out of the oven, garnish it with fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Supplies

  • 9-by-13-inch baking dish
  • 3 medium bowls
  • whisk
  • large skillet
  • tongs
  • instant-read thermometer

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a crisper breading, bake the chicken without the marinara sauce. Heat the marinara sauce on the stovetop and serve it on top of the chicken once the chicken has come out of the oven.

Chicken Parmesan is juicy, crunchy, and downright delightful. It hits all the right notes. The saltiness from the cheese, crunchiness from the breading, and the succulent, moist chicken pair perfectly with a bit of marinara. This recipe is rich and flavorful, but there are still ways to make it your own. Here's a bit of inspiration.

Cheese Options

cheese with grater

The cheese used in chicken Parmesan gives the dish a salty, delicious flavor. It's possible to add extra cheeses or venture off into the cheese aisle in search of a new favorite. Here are a few kinds of cheese that can be used instead of mozzarella:

  • pepper Jack
  • American
  • Monterey Jack
  • Colby Jack
  • Swiss

You can even substitute some Asiago or Romano for the Parmesan to give the dish a different flavor profile.

What To Serve With Chicken Parmesan

spaghetti and tomato sauce

Chicken Parmesan is a rich, flavorful, and heavy dish, so you don't want to get too crazy with sides. One of the best ways to serve chicken Parmesan is alongside a light salad with your favorite toppings. You can also create a wonderful meal by serving the chicken Parmesan over a bed of pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce and garlic bread.

When it is prepared correctly, chicken Parmesan is hard to resist. It's the perfect balance of crunchy, juicy, and cheesy.

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