Baked Chicken Parmesan

5 from 4 votes
Pin RecipeJump to RecipeComments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Cheesy Baked Chicken Parmesan is so tender, juicy, and crispy! This one-pan, 30-minute chicken dinner will have the whole family coming back for seconds.

Baked chicken parmesan with mozzarella and marinara sauce.


 

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan is coated with a deliciously seasoned parmesan cheese crust, and topped with melty mozzarella and tangy marinara sauce. Okay, does that description have your mouth watering, or what?

This, my dear friends, is some serious and delicious comfort food. It is my husband’s favorite chicken recipe, and it is the only non-chicken-nugget chicken recipe that my older daughter will eat! I take that as a high compliment.

Back to this chicken… It is SO GOOD! The breading is not only crispy, but it’s also packed with amazing flavor, and the addition of fresh mozzarella adds a wonderful creaminess to the overall crunchy texture of the chicken. It may not sound like it, but this is actually a healthier version of chicken parmesan because it isn’t fried.

In conclusion, this is the perfect quick weeknight dinner!

What Makes This Recipe So Good?

You mean other than the melty mozzarella cheese? And the crispy crust on the chicken? Kidding. This chicken parmesan recipe is one of my favorite dinners to make because:

  • It’s Quick: Yes, it takes an hour to make, but half of that time is baking time, which gives you time to prepare sides. So really, there’s only half an hour of prep work. And, by the time dinner is ready, your kitchen smells like heaven, which is always a plus.
  • It’s Crispy: You might be thinking to yourself, how can this chicken be crispy if it’s not fried? I promise you, you will not miss your fryer or your pure olive oil – this healthier baked version of chicken parmesan is just as crispy as always! Trust in the breading process.
  • It’s Simple Comfort Food: Don’t you love food that satisfies the stomach, but isn’t too difficult to make? This chicken recipe is totally within your grasp, even on a weeknight, and it pairs well with anything. Salad? Yep. Spaghetti? Definitely! Bread? You bet!
Baked Chicken parmesan cooling on a cooling rack.

How to Make Baked Chicken Parmesan

I’ve been going on and on about how easy this chicken parmesan recipe is… but don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself! Here’s what you’ll need to do to prepare this delicious Italian meal:

  • Preheat Oven to 400: Then, line a baking sheet with foil and set a cooling rack on top of it. Generously grease the cooling rack with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Prepare the Chicken: Lightly pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.
  • Prepare the Breading Stations: In a mixing bowl or plate, combine flours, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Pour milk in a separate dish.
  • Bread the Chicken: Dip each chicken breast in the milk, then coat it with the flour mixture. Transfer chicken to previously prepared cooling rack. Generously grease chicken breasts with cooking spray.
  • Bake the Chicken: Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven; evenly divide marinara sauce over each chicken breast, top with fresh rounds of mozzarella cheese, and bake for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and serve.
Chicken breast with cheese and sauce on a cooling rack.

Tips for Successful Chicken Parmesan

Looking for a little extra help with your chicken parmesan? No worries, I’ve got some tips! Here are some tricks I have for getting crispy, delicious chicken parm every time I make it:

  • Pound the Chicken Breast: Thin chicken cooks quicker, and it tastes great – especially when breaded! You can also cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise, which will cut down on the amount of pounding you have to do.
  • Can I Use Chicken Thighs? Yes. The chicken will likely be thicker in this case, though, so you may have to cook the meal for a little bit longer.
  • Don’t Overbake the Chicken: It may become dry if you do this – even with all that sauce! Make sure that once your meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, you pull it out of the oven. A meat thermometer will come in handy.

Serving Suggestions

As I mentioned above, chicken parmesan can be served with almost anything! It is traditionally served with spaghetti or some other kind of pasta. To keep it light, serve it with a big green goddess salad to round out the meal. Zucchini noodles could also be good! If you’re looking for more carbs, though, garlic bread is always a hit – and it’s a great way to use up that marinara sauce!

Baked chicken parmesan, cooling.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Store your leftover chicken parmesan in an airtight container for 3-4 days. To reheat, pop it back in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until warmed through. You can microwave it too, if you’re in a pinch, but the breading will be soggier this way.
  • To freeze your chicken parmesan, store it in an airtight container and freeze for 1 to 2 months, and thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

    ENJOY!

    Pin this now to find it later

    Pin It
    5 from 4 votes

    Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

    Cheesy Baked Chicken Parmesan is so tender, juicy, and crispy! This one-pan, 30-minute chicken dinner will have the whole family coming back for seconds.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 50 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour
    Servings: 4 servings

    Ingredients 

    For the Chicken

    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup corn flour
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
    • 3 cloves garlic,, minced
    • salt and fresh ground pepper,, to taste
    • cup milk
    • olive oil cooking spray
    • 1½ to 2 cups marinara sauce
    • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
    • chopped fresh basil, , for garnish
    Want to save this recipe?
    Enter your email below and we’ll send the recipe straight to your inbox!
    Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

    Instructions 

    • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
    • Line a baking sheet with foil and set a cooling rack on top of it.
    • Generously grease cooling rack with cooking spray and set aside.
    • Lightly pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 of an inch.
    • In a mixing bowl or plate, combine flours, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
    • Pour milk in a separate dish.
    • Dip each chicken breast in the milk, then coat it with the flour mixture.
    • Transfer chicken to previously prepared cooling rack.
    • Generously grease chicken breasts with cooking spray.
    • Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is done.
    • Remove from oven; evenly divide marinara sauce over each chicken breast, top with fresh rounds of mozzarella cheese, and bake for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh basil and serve. 

    Notes

    • Pound the Chicken Breast: Thin chicken cooks quicker and tastes great – especially when breaded! You can also cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise, which will reduce the amount of pounding you have to do.
    • Can I Use Chicken Thighs? Yes, but it will need to cook longer. Chicken thighs need more time to cook through.
    • Don’t overcook the Chicken because it will be dry – even with all that sauce! Make sure that once your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F, you pull it out of the oven.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1057mg | Potassium: 927mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 3.2mg

    Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

    Did you make a recipe? Leave a rating

    More Chicken Dinner Ideas

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating:




    29 Comments

    1. Patty says:

      Can I use just white flour? I don’t have corn flour, and I’m not sure about using my cornmeal. Thank you.

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        Hi!
        Yep, you can use flour.

    2. Grey | GreyEyes.me says:

      I made this last night after my boyfriend asked me to make Chicken Parmesan. In my mind, my gears always turn to make the healthiest version of whatever he requests (LOL). Boy am I happy I keep your website bookmarked at all times because I just knew you’d be my dinner-time savior!
      These turned out AWESOME! The chicken was juicy, the breading was flavorful and crisp right where it needed to be. And yes…I totally served it up with a side salad. Katerina, your recipes are superb!

    3. Alisha Ross says:

      When my kids were little, my favorite things to cook/bake with them were cookies and pancakes! I think if the kids know they will like the end product, they will be more interested in the process. Of course, who doesn’t like cookies and pancakes? 🙂

    4. Scott R. Anderson says:

      Hi, Happy Birthday to Ana. Hope she had a wonderful day.
      Just a question if I might. Your recipe calls for cooking spray. Would like to know just what do you recommefor this recipe. I have butter spray and olive oil spray, but before I make this wonderful looking recipe, can you be so kind
      as to advise about the spray. Thanks for all your wonderful recipe.A suggestion if I may, when you give us a
      wonderful recipe that calls for spray, maybe you could suggest the kind of spray that should be used. Thanks and
      God Bless.

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        Hi!

        I use olive oil spray about 99% of the time. 🙂 I’ll include it in the recipe. Thank you!!