Craving a delicious and healthier twist on a classic Italian favorite? Look no further than Baked Chicken Parmesan. This recipe is perfect for home cooks, healthy eaters, and chicken lovers alike. Follow this guide for a mouthwatering meal that's both nutritious and satisfying.

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Introduction to Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan is a lighter version of the traditional dish, offering all the flavor without the extra calories. Baking the chicken instead of frying it reduces fat content, making it a healthier option. Plus, it's easy to prepare and perfect for a weeknight dinner.


Before you start, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably whole-wheat)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional, for garnish)
  • Cooking spray or olive oil


Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). A hot oven is crucial for achieving a crispy, golden-brown crust on your chicken.

Step 2: Prepare the Chicken

  • Flatten the Chicken: Place each chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to flatten them to about 1/2 inch thickness. This ensures even cooking.
  • Season: Lightly season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Bread the Chicken

  • Set Up a Breading Station:
  • In one shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
  • In another shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, and dried basil.
  • Coat the Chicken:
  • Dip each chicken breast into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Press the chicken breast into the breadcrumb mixture, ensuring it's evenly coated. Place the breaded chicken on a plate.


Step 4: Bake the Chicken

  • Prepare the Baking Sheet:
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Bake:
  • Arrange the breaded chicken breasts on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Add Sauce and Cheese:
  • Remove the chicken from the oven. Spoon marinara sauce over each piece and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Return the chicken to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).

Serving Suggestions

Baked Chicken Parmesan pairs beautifully with a variety of sides. Here are some serving ideas:

  • Classic Pairing: Serve with spaghetti or your favorite pasta, tossed in additional marinara sauce.
  • Lighter Option: Pair with a fresh green salad for a lighter meal.
  • Vegetable Side: Roasted or steamed vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini make excellent accompaniments.


And there you have it—a delicious, healthier version of Chicken Parmesan that's easy to prepare and sure to impress. We encourage you to try this recipe and enjoy a tasty, guilt-free meal. Don't forget to share your creations with us on social media using #BakedChickenParmesan.

Happy cooking!

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