Chicken Parmesan

This post has been updated to include new images and a recipe video.

Chicken Parmesan - Plated

The better at cooking I get, the more critical disappointed with restaurant food I become.

I guess it’s the lonely road of the foodie and is kind of an annoying Catch 22.

[insert violin solo]

Chicken Parmesan - The Breading

To me, there’s nothing worse than eating (and paying for!) a mediocre or, even worse, a bad meal I know I could have cooked better.  Therefore, when I eat out, I like to order things I know I can’t cook as well at home.

Chicken Parmesan - Breading The Chicken

For the longest time, I didn’t think my Chicken Parmesan was as good as what I would get at a restaurant.  And, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Italian food, so we eat it out (and in) a lot. Once I started making my own tomato sauce for spaghetti, meatballs and pizza, I realized it was time to try out the Chicken Parmesan again.

Chicken Parmesan - Tomato Sauce

I’m so glad I did.

Oh my goodness, not only is this recipe amazingly easy to make, it’s also ridiculously delicious.  Like ridiculously.

Chicken Parmesan - Ready To Bake

Plus, it is deceptively healthy–well, for chicken parmesan, that is.   Yes, there is a good amount of cheese on it, but the breading is very light.  I like to brown the chicken in a skillet for some flavor and color before popping it in the oven to bake at 500 degrees.  I know..crazy hot, right?  But it does the trick!

Chicken Parmesan - Out of the Oven

This Chicken Parmesan is so delicious, especially with some linguine, spaghetti or (if wanting to go low-carb) zucchini noodles.

Chicken Parmesan - Plated

No more ordering Chicken Parmesan at restaurants!

Chicken Parmesan - Plated

Well…maybe sometimes (heehee).  A girl’s gotta eat!

If you’re interested in seeing how easy this meal comes together, check out the video below.  And stick around after the recipe for the bloopers!

Chicken Parmesan
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This recipe is deceptively healthy–-well, for chicken parmesan, that is. The chicken is lightly breaded, browned in a skillet for some flavor and color and then baked. It’s so delicious, especially with some simple linguine or spaghetti noodles.
Serves: 4
  • 2 chicken breasts halves, boneless and skinless
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Combine the herbs, salt, pepper and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish to blend. Cover chicken breasts with mixture and shake off any excess.
  3. Heat olive oil in large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook just until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  4. Spoon the tomato sauce over and around the chicken. Sprinkle parmesan over each chicken breast. Cover each chicken breast with mozzarella slices.
  5. Bake, covered with foil, for 10 minutes, and then uncovered for 5 minutes, until the cheese melts and the chicken is cooked through.



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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

65 comments… add one

  1. Carla July 23, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Wow, I want a plate of that! Yummy!

  2. Jessica August 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I made this tonight. It’s really yummy :)

    1. Sweet Pea Chef August 9, 2010, 4:59 pm

      Yay, Jessica!! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m glad you liked it. It’s one of my favorites.

  3. Lauren September 11, 2010, 7:23 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it was FABULOUS! I had altered it to be gluten free and I was so happy with the results! Can’t wait to make it again!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 11, 2010, 9:48 pm

      Ooh — I’d love to know how you altered it to be gluten free, Lauren! I’m always looking for ways to make my recipes more ‘palatable’ to different diets. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Dan Ricaud December 5, 2010, 2:13 am

    Thanks, thats very useful to know! I admit to being a bit of a failure in the kitchen, but I’m trying my best to learn. Admitting iis the first step right!? I promised to cook something for my wife this weekend for the first time – very exciting! I found some really simple recipe at this website, seems to be designed exactly for me, which is fantastic! Anyway, thanks for your tips, I’ll be sure to subscribe to your site to read more.

  5. Dustin Baier January 11, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Some chicken Parmesan sounds really good. we should do this again. :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 11, 2011, 11:17 pm

      You’re right, Dustin…it does sound really good. Definitely need to put it on the list!

  6. Lisa January 11, 2011, 7:46 pm

    I have made a version of this dish from Americas test kitchen for the last few years. It has now been replaced by this one. Loved the tomato sauce, added a bit of pesto as suggested. Very yummy!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 11, 2011, 11:24 pm

      Wow, Lisa, that’s quite a statement. Here’s to many, many years of using this Chicken Parmesan (and tomato sauce!) recipe, eh? :)

  7. Kara September 25, 2011, 12:43 am

    Found ur website when I had googled spaghetti sauce and I’m so glad I found it, this was the first recipe I tried. I had my fingers crossed, my husbands very critical of anything italian, his late grandmother was italian, making him a quarter and I have tried a couple homemade sauces but nothing measured up, but after making this, I got a very good from him, which was amazing! I thought this tasted like restaurant quality, I can’t wait to try more of ur recipes, thanks so much for this one!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:29 pm

      YES! That is so awesome — what a compliment :) I’m so glad it turned out well for you and your husband, Kara :)

  8. Jasanna November 7, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Can’t wait to try this for my husband. Have to make those deceptively healthy things, you know! :)

  9. Megan November 9, 2011, 1:43 pm

    What side do you typically make with this meal? Do you serve it with pasta, over pasta, or something else? Thanks – sorry for the silly question!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef November 9, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Oh, that’s fine, Megan! I usually serve it alongside some simple linguine and use left-over marinara sauce with it. I hope that helps!

    2. Megan December 5, 2011, 2:21 pm

      Update: Delicious!! I’ve made it twice and the second time I flattened out the chicken and then coated it. Yum! I had even more of the incredible breading. So great!! Thanks again!

  10. Nicole December 13, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Found this on I am making this for dinner tonight! I will be using jarred tomato sauce because I dont have time to make my own.

  11. Dulce January 24, 2012, 9:34 pm

    As I was making this, my daughter saw the tomatoe sauce and immediately refused to eat dinner with us!! As the chicken was in the oven she comes back to the kitchen and is like “What smells so good?” Once it was ready I gave her a bite to try and she absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it was a huge hit with my daughter and she is the pickiest person I know. Needless to say, it came out super delicious!!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:32 pm

      YES!! Thanks so much for sharing this, Dulce. Nothing makes me happier than to read picky eaters –especially kids! — loving the recipes I share. I’m so glad it all worked out :)

  12. Judit @WineDineDaily February 26, 2012, 3:01 pm

    Your chicken parmesan looks very delicious! Have to try it…

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Judit! I hope you enjoy it :)

  13. Maria March 11, 2012, 8:12 pm

    I found your recipe on Foodgawker so I decided to try it out.. So glad I did.. This was DELISH!! Thanks for Sharing. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes :)

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:33 pm

      Yay for Foodgawker. Thanks for stopping by, trying the recipe and letting me know how it went :)

  14. KLynn May 5, 2012, 6:22 pm

    This was yummy! I like and appreciate your recipes for the step-by-step directions and photos depicting the sight along the way. My cooking skills are steadily improving but are still novice and the pictures work as a safety net and story/directions written as a chat, feels as if a cordial chill, which makes cooking fun and relaxed. Thanks for sharing.!..

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:34 pm

      Awesome. I am so glad the photos of the process help you — I really appreciate your feedback. Best of luck with your continuing cooking!

  15. Bodia Scott May 24, 2012, 2:30 am

    Just made this for dinner tonight! Simple recipe (mine came out amazing and my cooking skills are limited to instant mashed potatoes hehe
    ), and very yummy ! Thanks for sharing..

  16. Harini June 29, 2012, 3:44 am

    Hi there! I love the look fo this recipe and I cannot wait to make it for my friends and family. I just wanted to ask, how many people does this recipe serve?

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Depending on how much chicken each person wants, it serves 2-4 people.

  17. PositivelyPesistentteach June 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

    I made this, but it definitely was not fully cooked after the time listed here. Had to add more time in the oven. Next time I might cook it on a lower temp for a longer time.

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I’m sorry it didn’t cook through for you. Perhaps taking longer to brown it in the skillet would help, too.

  18. Nadia September 4, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I use those mini toaster ovens that only go up to 425 or 450 degrees. How long will I have to bake the chicken with those temperatures?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 9, 2012, 8:49 pm

      Hi Nadia,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact answer for you. I’d just do trial and error and see how much longer you’ll need. Best of luck!

  19. Monique October 27, 2012, 9:11 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and both times it’s SOOOO good! I use Rao’s pasta sauce but other than that it’s the same. I’ll make this again and again. Thanks so much!!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:36 pm

      You’re so very welcome, Monique! I’m glad you have enjoyed it twice so far :)

  20. Rachelle November 29, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I found your recipe through Pinterest, and it just looked amazing. I made it for dinner the other night, and it was soooooo good! By far my favorite chicken parm recipe!
    Thank you for sharing!

  21. Justin December 5, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Found this on foodgawker. Tweaked it with some heat- red pepper flake in the breaking. Such an user-friendly recipe and turned out super tasty. Thanks!

    1. Justin December 5, 2012, 9:02 pm


      1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:37 pm

        Interesting idea to use the red pepper flakes. Thanks for the feedback, Justin!

  22. Tasha Robison January 5, 2013, 8:39 pm

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU! My family of five loves this…which is hard to do. We have a few picky eaters. I actually made this over Christmas when family got together. 20 people and EVERYONE loved it! Pretty great! I doubled the sauce, because that is a favorite and paired it with Fettuccine! Again, thanks so much. It is literally our families favorite recipe!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 5, 2013, 10:09 pm

      Wow, Tasha (and family!), I’m honored to have you all enjoy this recipe so much. Thank you for sharing :)

  23. Julia March 6, 2013, 6:00 pm

    I tried this recipe. The chicken did not cook. I had to leave it in for an extra half hour.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef March 6, 2013, 9:08 pm

      I’m sorry you had to bake it longer than expected! Did you follow the recipe exactly as written?

  24. Meg March 14, 2013, 9:47 pm

    I just put it in the oven! I don’t hae the Thyme, so just the Oregano and Basil. It already smells SOO good!!

  25. Meg March 14, 2013, 11:56 pm

    Update!! It was AMAZING!!! Better than the stuff I’ve had in restaurants! And it got the seal of approval from my boyfriend! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:27 pm

      Yay! Thanks for the update :) I am SO glad it turned out well and that you and your boyfriend liked it!

  26. Sarah May 12, 2013, 1:41 am

    I’m 100% cooking illiterate. Baking, yes, totally. Actual food? Not so much. Thank you so much for this recipe! I did a test run tonight, and I’m taking this to my friend’s house next weekend to make for one of our friend’s birthday dinner!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:26 pm

      This is the PERFECT no-fail recipe so I think you picked a good one. I hope the dinner turned out for your friend :)

  27. Kristina June 16, 2013, 5:08 pm

    This is a favorite in my house! And my husbands favorite dinner ever!!!! I love your blog!!!!

  28. Yessel July 17, 2013, 11:28 am

    Hi! I found you on pinterest and tried this recipe last night. My husband and kids loved it, needless to say, I will make this again and again. I thought you should know since you are the chef! Blessings to you and your family!

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:25 pm

      Thank you for letting me know, Yessel! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe.

  29. Moirahiern August 1, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Found on Pinterest looks great will definitely try it. Thanks for your yummy recipes

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 10:25 pm

      You’re so very welcome. Thank you :)

  30. amarie88 July 1, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I am trying this tonight! My first time ever making Chicken Parm

  31. Pam October 4, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Well this recipe was perfect timing! I bought chicken today in hopes of making chicken parmesan for tomorrow’s dinner!!! How is that for coincidence??
    Thanks Lacey!!

    Pam :)


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