Best Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Baked Chicken Parmesan

This oven baked Chicken Parmesan was such a hit with my daughter, Rosie, she managed to work it into a poem at school two years after first eating it. Waxing poetic about crispy chicken with seasoned bread crumbs probably says more about the recipe than it does about my child’s future as a poet.

It was my sister-in-law, Lynn, who first made it for us. Like many moms, Lynn finds it frustrating to put time and care into dinner, only to have the kids take a pass. It’s a tricky aspect of parenting and is something I wrote about recently here. This particular recipe, though, always get a thumbs up.

What is Chicken Parmesan?

Chicken Parmesan is a dish with Italian roots and a reputation as real comfort food. Typically it starts with chicken breasts that are breaded and fried, then smothered in marinara sauce, topped with Mozzarella and baked.

Lynn’s version, which varies from the classic, was given to her by a college roommate who’s mom found it in a Louisiana Junior League Cookbook. This may explain why the original calls for an entire cup of butter (they do love their butter in the south). It was the first dish Lynn cooked for her then boyfriend (now husband) Mike, and they are still together 20 plus years later.

That’s some chicken.

Is Chicken Parmesan Healthy?

This recipe gets a healthy edge over traditional chicken Parmesan, since it’s baked, not fried. My recipe goes one further by cutting back on the butter and using more egg instead. For breadcrumbs, you can make your own using the recipe provided or look for a store-bought brand that isn’t full of junky ingredients. I also skip the Mozzarella on top, since it’s plenty tasty without it. What results is a dish that remains crispy and delicious, but healthier than the norm.

What to Serve with Baked Chicken Parmesan

We always eat Chicken Parmesan the way Lynn originally served it to us: accompanied by bowls of pasta and marinara sauce, either store-bought or homemade. On the side, I like to do a green salad and steamed or roasted broccoli. Extra Parmesan to pass at the table is also part of our routine.

Top Tips to Make Baked Chicken Parmesan

Although this is a straightforward recipe, here are a few things to keep in mind to guarantee success:

  • Be sure to dry the chicken breasts well before dipping in the egg mixture.
  • If relying on store-bought marinara sauce, choose a good one (I’m fond of Rao’s brand).
  • If the chicken breasts are particularly large, you can pound them slightly so they cook more quickly and evenly.
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, particularly Parmegiano Reggiano, can’t be beat.

Be sure to check out these other healthy chicken recipes.

Healthy Baked Everything Chicken 

Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches 

Instant pot Chicken In Salsa Verde 

Grilled Chicken Kebab Wraps  

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad by Gimme Delicious 

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie by Well Plated 

Best Baked Chicken Parmesan

This Chicken Parm is a family favorite. The chicken is breaded and done in the oven instead of fried, which means it's a bit better for you too. Serve with marinara sauce and a heaping bowl of vegetables on the side. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 302 kcal
Author Katie Morford

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, homemade (see Notes) or store-bought
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to pass at the table
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 1/3 cups Marinara sauce on the side for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean and dry chicken breasts.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, salt, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the melted butter and egg.

  5. Dip each chicken breast in the egg/butter mixture and then in the breadcrumbs, covering both sides evenly. Set on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

  6. Bake until the exterior is brown and the inside cooked through, about 35 minutes. The time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  7. Serve with marinara sauce and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

Recipe Notes

Seasoned Breadcrumbs: In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, a few grinds black pepper.

Comments

05.10.2011 at 4:16 PM #

Mop Prime

Katie- the chicken sounds like a winner, but we want to read Rosie’s poem, too!

05.10.2011 at 4:16 PM #

momskitchenhandbook

I’ll have to confer with the poet to see if she’s comfortable having her work published!

05.10.2011 at 7:29 PM #

Portia

Chicken Parm is one of my family’s very favorite dishes. I’ve been looking for ways to shave calories off of this recipe and like how you are baking the chicken instead of frying it (which I admit is what I usually do.) I plan to give your Aunt Lynn’s version a try.

05.10.2011 at 7:29 PM #

momskitchenhandbook

Traditional Italian Parmesan is fried. This achieves a similar crispy texture with far less fat. It’s not as rich as the traditional method, but tasty nevertheless.

05.10.2011 at 9:13 PM #

Hayley

Do you have a suggestion for a gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs?

05.10.2011 at 9:13 PM #

momskitchenhandbook

Good question. With so many folks gluten sensitive these days, it would be nice to have an alternative. I would make homemade breadcrumbs using slightly stale gluten-free bread. Another thought would be to use crushed rice cereal such as Chex rice cereal. Without having tried it myself, I can’t confirm that it will be a slam dunk, but certainly worth a go. Let me know how it is.

05.11.2011 at 4:54 AM #

Aunt Lynn Morford

i am so excited to have my recipe featured! !! i can’t wait to try this healthier version! our youngest daughter lily (age 6) loves to help make it — very fun for the kids to help dip the chicken in the breading mixture. i am so curious to see this poem too…

05.24.2011 at 3:13 AM #

kelly

I made Auntie Lynn’s Chicken Parmesan and paired it with your recipe for Farro with Roasted Veggies. It was a huge success and my family has asked me to make it again.

I love your blog & always look forward to reading your next post.

01.19.2016 at 10:25 AM #

Meal Makeover Mom Janice

Yum, I can see why this would be a favorite family recipe!

01.19.2016 at 10:25 AM #

katiemorford

Even among the grown ups in the house 🙂

Post Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *