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Chicken Parmesan

This easy Chicken Parmesan recipe is the BEST! Chicken cutlets are pan-fried to golden brown, topped with sauce and mozzarella and baked until golden brown.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep 45 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 518 kcal
Author Michelle


  • pounds chicken breasts 3 to 4 breasts, thin sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • cups grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • cups spaghetti sauce divided
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced or shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the Chicken: Pound the chicken breasts to about ¼-inch thickness, ensuring that they are an even thickness all over. If they are exceptionally large after pounding, then you can cut them in half.
  3. Bread the Chicken: In one shallow bowl (I use pie plates for this), place the flour. In a second shallow bowl, add the eggs and whisk them together. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and 1 cup of the grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Working with one chicken breast cutlet at a time, coat in flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg and let any excess drip off. Finally, coat the chicken in the bread crumbs mixture.
  5. Saute the Chicken: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. The oil is ready when a pinch of bread crumbs dropped in the oil sizzles immediately. Reduce the heat to medium and add as many chicken cutlets as will comfortably fit in the pan (for me, it was two) and saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all of the chicken has been browned.
  6. Assemble the Chicken Parmesan: Spread ¾ cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place the browned chicken cutlets over the sauce, overlapping slightly if necessary. Spoon the remaining sauce evenly over the tops of the chicken, then top with the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle evenly with the remaining grated Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake the Chicken Parmesan: Bake until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with pasta on the side, or in a large roll as a sandwich.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 179mg60%
Sodium 881mg38%
Potassium 771mg22%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 890IU18%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 530mg53%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.