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.Jump to Recipe
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 I got a craving. 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. Then it needed some sauce and cheese. I used my recipe for Country Fried Steak for the idea on how to do the breading.
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. Baking it always seemed to leave the chicken a little soft. 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. I’ve made this with canned sauce and my homemade marinara sauce, and both are delicious.
Step by Step
Dredge the chicken in flour, then egg, then 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 skillet or cast-iron pan and set the heat to medium. Add the chicken to the pan. Cook for about 5-10 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook the other side for at least another 5-10 minutes. Make sure that the chicken is cooked through before going on to the next step.
Lower the heat down to medium-low. 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, pasta noodles, and/or a salad. It’s almost like going out to eat but without the extra time and expense!
Originally Published On: July 24, 2017
Last Updated On: January 10, 2020
Easy Chicken Parmesan
- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 cups bread crumbs
- 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 4 tbsp marinara sauce
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 1/4 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 5-10 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown
- Flip the chicken and cook another 5-10 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
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
45 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Parmesan”
I am ALL about easy meals. We love chicken parm in this house and this is a super easy recipe for it!
I like easy meals too, especially when the kids are begging for dinner because they are just SO hungry! 🤣
Chicken Parm is one of my all time favorite dishes, and this recipe looks like a “must try”! Thank you for sharing!
I hope you get a chance to try it and love it as much as we do!
I love how simple and delicious this looks. So good.
Thanks! It’s such an easy way to make a delicious dinner.
I love easy meals, and this looks absolutely delicious! I could see all of my family enjoying this meal!
I hope you get to make this and enjoy!
looks easy and yummy! Chicken parm is a classic – can’t go wrong!
Yes! It’s so good, and a quick meal for busy weeknights!
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
It’s so easy to make this way, and when you make it yourself you control just how much cheese you get to add to the meal 🙂
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.
It’s a hit at my house, too. That’s why I had to find an easy way to make it that everyone would enjoy.
This is incredibly easy!! Holy cow! I’ll be making this for dinner tonight, I already have the chicken defrosting!!
Oh that’s perfect! I hope you and your family enjoy the meal!
Doable! So yes, I’ll be adding this to my list of doable recipes! It’s easy. Thanks for sharing!
I love having a few quick and easy recipes like this just waiting for those days you need a fast meal.
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 🙂
I had schnitzel when we went to a German restaurant here and it was a little different, but also delicious!
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.
I have a lot of fun trying to dissect a recipe and figure it out on my own. Most of the time, it probably is healthier, and it allows me to customize it to exactly what we like.
Yummy! This looks perfect. I am hungry just reading your post! Definitely going to make this recipe!
It’s such a quick and easy recipe for dinner, I hope you enjoy it!
Oh that looks so tasty!! Chicken parm is one of my faves!
It’s always been one of my favorites, too!
I love chicken parm so I am definitely trying out this easy version! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! It’s a great way to make it quickly without a lot of fuss.
Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely amazing and delicious!!! I need to make this for dinner tonight!
Luckily it’s so quick, you can make it on a whim as long as you have the few ingredients needed.
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!
I was the same way for a long time until we decided one night that it sounded good but we didn’t want to go out. It’s so easy, I don’t know why I waited so long to make it myself!
Looks delicious. Would definitely try these for a quick dinner during the week.
I always like to have a few quick meal ideas up my sleeves for those crazy weeknights. I hope you enjoy it!
I love chicken Parmesian, they are my favorites. I suddenly got hungry reading this and looking at the photos
I would love to make this at home. It looks so delicious. And I love Chicken Parmesan. Mmmmm.
It’s so quick and easy, you could make it for a delicious meal for you and your daughter if she would enjoy it, too.
I think that the fact that you are picky with the textures of food is what makes you such a great home-chef. All your recipes are always a success which proves how much thought and energy you put into this! I can’t wait to cook this chicken for Nick!
Thanks! It definitely makes cooking interesting, but also means that my boys are likely to eat the recipes since I can be picky, too. I hope Nick enjoys the recipe!
I am a great fan of easy meals. This looks absolutely delicious. My family loves eating chicken so I am sure they will love this recipe too.
We love easy meals here, too. Our weekdays get so busy after school it’s nice to be able to make something quickly.
I do love a good chicken recipe to serve the family. Chicken parm is always a big fave.
We eat a lot of chicken here since there’s so much you can do with it and I know my kids will eat it.
I love chicken parm, it’s one of my favorites! My kids love it too, so I can’t wait to give this easy recipe a try…YUM!!!
You can’t go wrong with a meal that everyone loves!