This Classic Chicken Parmesan Recipe will quickly become a family favorite. It has a crispy Parmesan crust, just the right amount of sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

An overhead picture of the finished Chicken Parmesan on top of pasta.

What is Chicken Parmesan?

Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian-American recipe made famous in American restaurants. The good news is you can make it at home with that same excellent restaurant-quality taste without the cost of eating out. 

The breaded chicken breast is fried until golden brown creating a parmesan crust that seals in the juicy flavor of the chicken without making the chicken soggy. It’s then covered in marinara and mozzarella cheese and baked.

This hearty dish is my go-to when I need a hearty meal in less than an hour. If you are a seasoned cook or this is your first time in the kitchen, this is an easy recipe full of flavor that the whole family will enjoy.

This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners or a weekend family gathering. But you can enjoy it year-round and for special occasions like New Year’s or Valentine’s Day.

You will feel the same after making this recipe! It is a classic dish that never goes out of style.

What does chicken parmigiana taste like?

Chicken Parmigiana, also known as Chicken Parmesan, is a popular Italian-American dish that features breaded and fried chicken cutlets topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese, typically mozzarella and Parmesan. The taste of Chicken Parmigiana can be described as flavorful, savory, and comforting.

The breaded and crispy chicken cutlets provide a satisfying crunch, while the marinara sauce adds a rich and tangy tomato flavor with hints of garlic and herbs. The melted cheese on top creates a creamy and gooey texture that complements the other elements.

An overhead picture of the finished baked Chicken Parmesan in a casserole dish served on marinara sauce.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe ingredients and cost

Per Serving Cost: $2.30

Recipe Cost: $9.18

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts – $1.99
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour – $0.19
  • 2 large eggs – $0.20
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs – $0.89
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs – $0.25
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese – $0.99
  • 1 cup olive oil – $2.24
  • 24-ounce jar marinara sauce – $1.28
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese – $1.15

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe Variations

  • You can make this dish a little lighter by serving the Classic Chicken Parmesan recipe over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles.
  • If you don’t have seasoned Italian breadcrumbs, then use regular breadcrumbs and mix them with ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
  • Sometimes I used slices of fresh mozzarella on top of the chicken cutlets instead of shredded mozzarella.
  • Use a high-quality, flavorful marinara sauce in this recipe. My favorite store-bought marinara sauces are Rao’s (my all-time favorite), Victoria, and Barilla’s.
  • This recipe can be doubled. You’ll have to fry the chicken in batches and bake it in two pans.
  • You can make this Chicken Parmesan recipe without bread crumbs using almond flour instead of bread crumbs.

How to make Chicken Parmesan

  1. First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Then season the boneless chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. 
  2. Next, place flour in one shallow bowl, beaten eggs to the next shallow dish, and the Italian breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the last shallow dish. 
  3. Use a meat mallet to pound out the chicken to have an even thickness of ½ inch think if needed.
  4. Dip chicken into the flour, then the eggs, and then the bread crumb mixture. 
  5. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet and brown the chicken for about five minutes per side in the hot oil. 
  6. Next, pour the marinara sauce into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Set the chicken over the sauce in a single layer and then pour the remaining sauce over the chicken. 
  7. Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  8. Finally, garnish with basil or parsley, and serve with cooked spaghetti noodles.

A picture collage showing how to make Chicken Parmesan.

Homemade Chicken Parm storage and reheating tips

SERVE: Serve the baked chicken parmesan immediately with a little bit of fresh basil or parsley and cooked spaghetti noodles. You can keep the dish out for two hours before it needs to be covered and refrigerated. 

STORE: You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about three days. Please note that as it sits, it looses it crispiness and gets soggy. 

FREEZE: You can freeze the chicken cutlets by placing them on a pan and freezing until frozen solid, about 1-2 hours. Once frozen, transfer the chicken to a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to two months.

THAW: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

How to reheat Chicken Parm

REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and heat for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

A piece of Chicken Parmesan cut into.

What to serve with Chicken Parmesan

You can make an entire meal from this dish by serving it with a simple Italian Salad, Panzanella Salad, Caesar Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Healthy Mashed Cauliflower, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Knots, or this easy Garlic Bread.

Chicken Parm Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between chicken parmigiana and parmesan?

Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian-American dish that consists of breaded and fried chicken cutlets topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese, usually mozzarella and Parmesan. It is often served over pasta or as a sandwich and is popular in Italian-American cuisine.
On the other hand, Chicken Parmesan, or Pollo alla Parmigiana in Italian, is a traditional Italian dish that originated in Italy. It features breaded and pan-fried chicken cutlets topped with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. The dish is named after the region of Parma in Italy, known for its high-quality Parmesan cheese.

How do you get breading to stick to chicken parmesan?

To get breading to stick to chicken parmesan, pat the chicken dry, coat it with flour, dip it in egg wash, roll it in breadcrumbs, and let it rest before cooking.

Is chicken parmesan real Italian?

Chicken Parmesan, also known as Chicken Parmigiana, is not considered an authentic Italian dish in the traditional sense. While it has Italian origins, it has evolved and become popular in Italian-American cuisine.

Why is my chicken parm rubbery?

Chicken parmigiana may turn out rubbery due to a few reasons. Overcooking is one of them, so it’s essential to cook the chicken just until it reaches the proper internal temperature. Using thin chicken breasts can also cause them to cook too quickly and become tough. Properly coating the chicken in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs is essential to prevent a rubbery texture.

Do you put flour or egg first for breaded chicken?

For breaded chicken, dip it in your flour mixture first, followed by the egg mixture.

A close up picture of the finished Chicken Parmesan on a bed of spaghetti.

More Chicken Recipes

A close up picture of classic Chicken Parmesan on top of pasta with sauce.
5 from 9 votes

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Recipe Cost $ $9.18
Serving Cost $ $2.30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
4 people
This Classic Chicken Parmesan Recipe will quickly become a family favorite. It has a crispy Parmesan crust and just the right amount of sauce and mozzarella cheese.


  • Shallow dishes
  • 9×13-inch baking dish
  • Large pan
  • Measuring cups
  • liquid measuring cup


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed if previously frozen
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 cup olive oil for frying
  • 24 oz marinara sauce homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • 1 pound cooked pasta of your choice optional



  • Fresh basil and parsley, chopped for serving, optional
  • 1 pound cooked spaghetti, optional


  • Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.


  • Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Using 3 separate shallow dishes, add flour to one dish, beaten eggs to another dish, and the last dish combine the panko, Italian bread crumbs and ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  • If the chicken is thick, pound it to ½ inch thick.
  • Dip the chicken into the flour, shake off the excess, dip it in eggs and then into the bread crumb mixture.
  • Repeat with all the chicken breasts.


  • Heat oil in a large pan.
  • Brown chicken on each side, for about 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.


  • Pour 1 ½ cups marinara sauce into 13×9 baking dish.
  • Arrange the chicken over the sauce in a single layer.
  • Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the chicken.
  • Top each chicken breast with the remaining ¼ cup of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.


  • Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and garnish with fresh basil or parsley, if desired.


  • Serve immediately with cooked spaghetti noodles, if you like.



Store leftovers in refrigerator.


Serving: 1chicken cutlet with sauce | Calories: 741kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1941mg | Potassium: 1177mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1234IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 416mg | Iron: 6mg

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Recipe Rating


  1. I haven’t had a classic chicken parm in forever and this got me craving it! Had to make it for dinner and it didn’t disappoint!

  2. Lauren Michael Harris says:

    This is such a classic recipe! I love how crispy and crunchy the chicken breasts are – delicious!

  3. Yes! Love this classic recipe so much. Great find!

  4. A family favorite for sure! Yum!!

  5. Chicken Parm is my favorite and this recipe is spot on!

  6. Love this recipe! The chicken was just perfect, crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Delicious!

  7. Sangeetha says:

    I can’t believe how budget-friendly and delicious this Classic Chicken Parmesan recipe is! The crispy Parmesan crust adds the perfect crunch, while the flavorful sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese take it to the next level. And at just $2.30 per serving, it’s an absolute steal! My family loved it and I’ll definitely be making it again.

  8. Seema Sriram says:

    If dinner looks this good no more overtime. It looks so good.

  9. Such a delicious summer pasta dish. My whole family loved it.

  10. Katherine says:

    This version of chicken parm tastes exactly like at my favorite restaurant!