Chicken Parmesan – Easy Italian Comfort Food!

Chicken ParmesanEveryone loves Chicken Parmesan! Tender breaded chicken, rich red sauce and melted cheese. Easy & yummy. Read, Cook & Share!

Chicken Parmesan – Easy Italian Comfort Food!

Chicken Parmesan was on the menu when our daughter Stacey stopped in recently for a weekday meal. Because I am retired, I have ample time to cook any day of the week. Yet I know that’s not everyone’s situation, so I like to select recipes with that in mind. The prep for this recipe is fairly easy, especially if you use sealable plastic bags for the flour and seasoned breadcrumb mixture. This ensures an even coating on the chicken and makes clean-up easier. Once the chicken is breaded, it takes just 6-8 minutes to brown. Next, pop it in the oven with your favorite spaghetti sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. Twenty minutes later, you can serve up this hearty dish of Italian comfort food!

Pasta & Veggie Side Dish 

Traditionally, Chicken Parmesan is served with a side of spaghetti. Instead, I decided to mix it up with a pasta and veggie creation. To make last minute serving easy, you can pull this together in advance. Toss cooked bow tie pasta (about 6 oz precooked weight which is 2 1/3 c.), a microwaved bag of Birds Eye Broccoli, Carrots, Sugar Snaps Peas and Water Chestnuts, 1/2 c.  spaghetti sauce, 2 tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper, 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese and salt, to taste. Then warm it gently in the microwave just before serving.

You can also throw this side dish together while preparing the chicken. Start the water for the pasta before browning the chicken. While the chicken is baking, boil the pasta, microwave the veggie blend and then toss with the rest of the ingredients. Warning! The kids might finish this delicious side dish before they realize they’ve eaten their vegetables!

Chicken Parmesan

Serving Size: Serves 4

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb.)
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 c. dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 6 ounces shredded Italian cheese blend (or use a combination of mozzarella & Parmesan)

Instructions

  • Slice chicken horizontally into 1/2 inch fillets. Note - If you are starting with fresh chicken, put it in the freezer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours (if you have time.) If you are starting with frozen chicken, thaw it until it's mostly thawed but still somewhat firm. It's much easier to slice chicken into thin fillets using one of these methods. Optionally you can pound it to 1/2" thickness.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the flour in a sealable plastic bag. Place beaten egg in a shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs, garlic powder, 1/3 c. Parmesan, salt and pepper into another sealable bag. Seal bag and shake to combine.
  • Shake 1 chicken fillet in sealed flour bag. Next coat fillet in egg, letting excess drip off. Then shake fillet in breadcrumb mixture bag. Repeat process with remaining fillets.
  • In large skillet, heat 3 tbsp. oil. Add cutlets and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Pour 1 c. of spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange fillets in dish in a single layer and pour remaining spaghetti sauce over chicken. Bake for 15 minutes, Top with Italian cheese blend and bake for 5 additional minutes, or until cooked through. Enjoy!
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5 thoughts on “Chicken Parmesan – Easy Italian Comfort Food!

  1. I made your Parmesan chicken tonight, just delicious! I actually breaded and fried the chicken yesterday and then warmed it in the oven after I got home from work. It was a treat to have something so yummy on a work night. What is even better is that I have leftovers for later this week👍🏻

    • So glad you enjoyed it. I found that the leftovers reheated very well too. This dish is a great meal on such a cold wet Spring night as this!

  2. I love chicken Parmesan but I have never made it myself. This recipe looks delicious and sounds pretty easy. I am going to give it a try!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback. I often hesitate to post classics like this because I assume everyone has the recipe. When an accomplished cook like yourself says they have never made Chicken Parmesan, I am encouraged to do more classics!

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