Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Baked Chicken Parmesan! EASY and quick, simply bread the chicken cutlets with Parmesan and crumbs, bake in the oven, and top with a fresh, homemade tomato sauce. This baked chicken parmesan is delicious. Serve with noodles.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

Chicken Parmesan has to be one of the easiest and tastiest ways of preparing chicken, don’t you agree? It’s made with chicken cutlets so it cooks up quickly.

This recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep and no more than 30 minutes to cook. Perfect for a midweek family meal!

How to Make Baked Chicken Parmesan

Here’s how you make this easy baked chicken parmesan:

  1. Start the sauce: First get started on a simple homemade tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil, and oregano (though you could easily use already prepared sauce).
  2. Dredge the cutlets: While the sauce is simmering, take boneless chicken cutlets, (breast or thigh meat) dredge them first in a mustardy coating, then in Parmesan tossed breadcrumbs (we like panko),
  3. Bake: Bake the chicken parmesan in oven!

By the (short) time the chicken is done, the sauce is perfect.

baked chicken parmesan on baking sheet

Tips for Baking Chicken Parmesan

  • Start with cutlets that are a thin, even thickness, about 1/4 inch thick. You can buy them this way, or cut whole breasts in half horizontally, then pound them thin between 2 pieces of plastic wrap with a mallet or meat hammer.
  • Line a baking sheet for easy cleanup, use either parchment paper, foil, or Silpat
  • Avoid the mess! Use one hand to dredge the cutlets in the wet mixture and another hand to gently pat the cutlets in the breadcrumbs.
  • Use good quality ingredients. There is a noticeable quality difference when it comes to canned tomatoes. Use a high quality brand (San Marzano or Muir Glen). Make sure the extra virgin olive oil you are using is fresh, not rancid (if it smells like crayons it’s rancid).

What to serve with Chicken Parmesan

We like to have our baked chicken parm with buttered noodles. Garlic bread would be an excellent option as well. For a green, a light mixed lettuce salad and/or some steamed broccoli or green beans.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

Sauce:

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

Chicken:

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon 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)
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs (panko or homemade)
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons 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: In a large bowl whisk together the mustard, vinegar, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Add the chicken cutlets to the mixture and coat well on both sides.

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, gently pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken cutlets. Place dredged chicken on the lined baking sheet.

5 Bake: Bake at 450°F on the center rack of the oven until cooked and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

baked chicken parmesan on baking sheet

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

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  1. mmm

    Sounds good. I try to keep costs waaay down, so I will be using crushed (plastic bag and rolling pin) saltine crackers instead of Panko. We on this Prairie have been breading with saltine crackers for decades. When Panko came along I tried it once. The saltines are indestinguishable from Panko, except for the price. I think it’s another trend, where some people think foreign sounding and pricey means better.

  2. d4v1d

    As usual, not just terrific, but a doable recipe even for a busy dad – and I appreciated a whole new kind of dredge. The mustard adds both piquancy and saltiness, which brought smiles around the family table. (In my case, 450 wasn’t quite enough set the mustard and toast the panko, but I think that’s a property of my oven – but to all and sundry, the oven needs to be hot.)

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  3. Baerbel

    The chicken turned out fantastic! :o

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  4. nicole

    Another fantastic recipe! Thank you.

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  5. 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!)

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