Chicken Parmigiana, also known as Chicken Parmesan or "Chicken Parm," is a beloved and classic Italian-American dish. Originating in Italy, this delicious comfort food has become a staple in many households around the world. The combination of breaded chicken cutlets, marinara sauce, and melted cheese makes it a go-to for home cooks and Italian food lovers alike.

chicken parmigiana

Ingredients List

Before you start, make sure you have all the ingredients ready:

For the Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Olive oil for frying

For the Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Preparing the Chicken

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Flatten the Chicken: Place each chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound them to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch.
  2. Season: Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Breading and Frying

Detailed Instructions

  1. Set Up the Breading Station:
  • In one shallow dish, place the flour.
  • In a second shallow dish, beat the eggs.
  • In a third shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
  1. Bread the Chicken:
  • Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Dip into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Coat evenly with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  1. Fry the Chicken:
  • In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken breasts for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Transfer the fried chicken to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Making the Sauce

Rich and Flavorful Marinara

  1. Sauté Aromatics:
  • In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  1. Simmer the Sauce:
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, pepper, and sugar (if using).
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Assembling the Dish

Tips for Optimal Flavor

  1. Layer the Components:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a baking dish, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce.
  • Place the fried chicken breasts on top of the sauce.
  • Spoon more marinara sauce over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves (if using).


Finishing Touches

  1. Bake the Chicken Parmigiana:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • If desired, turn on the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes to achieve a golden, crispy top.

Serving Suggestions

Perfect Pairings

  • Pasta: Serve with a side of spaghetti or fettuccine tossed in extra marinara sauce.
  • Salad: A fresh Caesar salad or mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Bread: Garlic bread or warm, crusty Italian bread to soak up the extra sauce.
  • Vegetables: Steamed broccoli or roasted asparagus.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations, you've created a delectable Chicken Parmigiana! Don't forget to savor every bite and share your culinary triumph with friends and family. Snap a photo of your masterpiece and tag us on social media to show off your cooking skills. Buon Appetito!


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