Baked Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan! EASY and quick, chicken cutlets breaded with Parmesan and crumbs, fried, topped with a tomato sauce.

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

When we were kids, my mother used to make a broiled chicken dish which we called Chicken Parmesan. It was so good, we would fight over the drippings. Then my mother gave up wheat for 20 years and the recipe is lost somewhere in the deep storage of her mind, currently unaccessible. (By the way, this is the main reason I put recipes on the web, they don’t get lost or forgotten!)

We had a hankering for Parmesan chicken the other night so I hit the recipe books and Epicurious and came up with something really quite good. Not as drop-dead delicious as mom’s, and the reason why? Mom remembered as we were eating that she used to dip every piece of chicken in melted butter before rolling it in the breadcrumb/Parmesan mixture. Well no wonder we were fighting over the drippings! You can do the same, if you really want a treat. This recipe doesn’t do that, but if you want, just substitute the vinegar for melted butter and then add some more butter to the coating liquid.

Update: We recreated mom’s recipe for Parmesan chicken. Check it out for an alternative to this recipe.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (we use Muir-Glen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or a Tbsp of chopped fresh basil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (or a teaspoon of fresh chopped oregano)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Chicken:

  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp white-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cutlets (or skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs that have been pounded to a 1/4-inch thickness)
  • 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs (panko or homemade)
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Method

1 Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

Continue to simmer until sauce thickens a bit and flavors meld, about 10-12 minutes. Taste sauce, adjust seasoning if necessary, cover and keep warm.

2 Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment, or Silpat. While the sauce is simmering, prepare the chicken in the next steps.

3 Make the coating: Whisk together mustard, vinegar, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl.

Add the chicken pieces to the mixture and toss to coat well.

4 Dredge the chicken: In another bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Mix well and stir in the melted butter. Transfer to a shallow plate.

Dredge the chicken pieces in the breadcrumb mixture, coating completely. Press the crumbs in gently to adhere and place on the baking sheet.

5 Bake: Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

6 Serve: Serve with a side of rice, noodles or pasta. Ladle sauce with the chicken.

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Notes:

The chicken Parmesan recipe is adapted from Gourmet magazine.

Links:

Chicken Parmesan (butter dipped!)

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets

Chicken Milanese

Chicken Piccata

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  • Janet

    This is a great recipe and one of the best, easiest chicken parm recipe I’ve made. I love that it’s baked in the oven. The flavor was incredible! I used a combination of plain breadcrumbs and panko. I will absolutely be making this again. A big hit for the family – THANK YOU (and your Mom!)

  • Steve

    OMG Elise this was so friggn’ fantastic that I threw out all my old chicken parmigiana recipes. I had to use Italian seasoned bread crumbs as that was all I had but feel it was not a risk.
    I took pics and texted my kids to taunt them. Home cooking at its finest and this may be the recipe that gets them to come home more often?
    Thanks Elise for all that you do
    Steve

  • Jenny C

    I just made this recipe with my daughter the other night (with rice) and we loved it. Very flavorful chicken that went so well with the sauce that was so simple to make. The only thing I did different was add a touch of water to the sauce as it was very, very thick at first but turned out great! This recipe has already made it to my recipe box and I look forward to making it again in the very near future. Thank you Elise for your great recipes.

  • lathapandi

    simply fantastic

  • Lauren

    I just made this dish tonight. My husband and I liked to eat healthy, so I made a few substitutions. I used Splenda instead of sugar, light extra virgin oil, spray butter instead of real butter and I used brown rice instead of white rice or pasta. I am absolutely obsessed with this dish!! Thank you so much for posting it.

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