Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of those meals that seems more complicated than it really is. Make it at home in 30 minutes and half the price.

Chicken Parmesan has always been one of my favorite meals when we would go to an Italian restaurant, but we didn’t want to have to go out to eat every time. So I tried to figure out a way to make it at home with a pretty quick and easy recipe. I decided the chicken needed to be breaded, but I don’t like a lot of breading. Then it needed some sauce and cheese.

Originally, I baked the chicken for this recipe, but it never turned out the same. I am very picky about the texture of chicken when I eat it, and baking it always seemed to leave the chicken a little soft, and I wanted it to have a little bit of crunch to it that fried chicken usually has. One day we decided to try pan frying it all, and it came out so much better. We also noticed that it seemed to cook quicker because the chicken would always take so long to bake through. Or maybe that’s because I never felt like it was done so we kept putting it in longer and longer.

By doing this on the stovetop, you have more control over getting the chicken to a good texture. It also doesn’t seem to absorb the sauce as much as when I baked it, meaning the chicken never got firm.

Step by Step

I used my recipe for Country Fried Steak for the idea on how to do the breading. First, the chicken is covered with flour, then dipped in egg, then into breadcrumbs. If you like extra breading on yours, you can do the egg and breadcrumbs a second time to coat it more.

Put a small amount of oil in a medium frying pan and set the heat to medium. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.

Flip the chicken and cook the other side for at least another 10 minutes. Make sure that the chicken is cooked through before going on to the next step.

Lower the heat down to medium-low and spoon the marinara sauce over the chicken. If you like yours really saucy, make sure to cover the entire chicken. Remember, some will probably fall off which means it may cook into the bottom of it a little bit as well.

Add the cheese to the top of each chicken, distributing evenly. Cover the pan for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted.

Serve the chicken parmesan warm. I like to sprinkle a little more cheese on top of mine, but I just really love cheese. This entree goes great with some fresh bread and a salad. It’s almost like going out to eat but without the extra time and expense!


Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of those meals that seems more complicated than it really is. Make it at home in 30 minutes and half the price.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese, chicken, sauce
Servings: 4
5 from 8 votes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 tbsp marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)


  • Put the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls
  • Dip each chicken breast into the flour then eggs then bread crumbs, making sure to completely coat with each
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  • Add the chicken and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown
  • Flip the chicken and cook another 10 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the chicken with sauce
  • Sprinkle the cheeses on top and cover pan, cooking for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1035 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 257mg86%
Sodium 1341mg56%
Potassium 1174mg34%
Carbohydrates 107g36%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 78g156%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 471mg47%
Iron 8.4mg47%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Parmesan”

  1. This is an awesome take on a classic dish! It looks simple enough to come make and definitely delicious. I also love extra cheese! Haha

  2. Patricia Chamberlain

    Chicken Parm is an absolute favorite in our home. We will try it this way next time it makes its way onto our dinner menu.

  3. I love breaded chicken, in Israel, we call it schnitzel even though schnitzel comes from Austria and it’s supposed to be veal lol. I only discovered chicken parmesan when I came to America and loved it! Thank you for the recipe, it will be great for dinner 🙂

  4. This looks juicy and flavourful. I like how you get inspired by foods you eat at restaurants and takes the time to recreate them at home. It probably is healthier than the restaurant version too.

  5. Chicken parm is one of those things I normally only get at a restaurant. So glad to know it is so easy for me to make at home too!

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