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Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This easy baked chicken parmesan recipe can be made in the oven. It’s a little bit healthy but still plenty crispy, made with a mix of cornflake and Panko breadcrumbs.  Makes 4 – 8 servings.

overhead shot of a baked chicken parmesan recipe made with dairy free mozzarella, on a bed of spaghetti in a white bowl with an antique fork, a second serving to the side with a blue tinted glass and a blue and white striped napkin

Chicken parmesan has always been one of my husband’s favorite meals. It was his favorite pre-game meal when he was playing hockey and it’s what I usually make for Valentine’s Day or other special occasions.

I’m always trying to come up with ways to make things a little bit healthier. Not a ton, because I still want to enjoy my life, but by making this baked chicken parmesan recipe in the oven rather than frying it in oil on the stove, I know I’m doing a little.

When I’m in the mood for cutting carbs – although I prefer to think of it as getting in extra nutrients – I like to serve this baked chicken parmesan with my favorite spaghetti squash rather than pasta.

Either way, it gets topped with my 2 minute marinara sauce, and vegan mozzarella cheese (if we have it).

3 servings of a baked chicken parmesan recipe made with dairy free mozzarella on a cookie sheet

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this baked chicken parmesan recipe:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast that have been pounded to 1-inch thickness with a meat mallet on a baking sheet, to be used in a baked chicken parmesan recipe

How to make baked chicken parmesan

Before starting, preheat your oven to 400˚F and make a batch of your favorite marinara sauce. Or, open your favorite jar, whichever you prefer.

Pound your chicken breasts.

Using a meat mallet (or similar instrument, like the bottom of a small saucepan), pound the chicken until it becomes uniformly thick. It should be no thicker than 1 inch.

Be sure to cover the chicken with wax paper or place it in a plastic bag to prevent germs from spreading.

breading ingredients for a baked chicken recipe in a clear pie plate, on a marble background

Dip and bread the chicken.

In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg with a tablespoons or two of water. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornflake crumbs, Panko, garlic, parsley, and salt & pepper.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg and then into the breading mixture to coat, pressing breadcrumbs as needed to make them stick.

4 uncooked, breaded chicken breast on a cookie sheet for a baked chicken parmesan recipe

Bake your chicken parmesan.

Transfer breaded chicken to a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil or cooking spray (optional). Bake the chicken for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.

Top with marinara and mozzarella.

Remove from oven and top with marinara sauce and a slice of cheese (vegan or optional). Return the pan to the oven and allow the chicken to cook for about 2 – 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

close up overhead shot of baked chicken parmesan recipe made with dairy free mozzarella on a baking sheet next to a blue and white striped napkin

FAQs and tips for baked chicken parmesan

What can I serve with chicken parmesan?

I like to serve my chicken parmesan with spaghetti, but I love it with spaghetti squash, too. For a side dish, I think a green salad with a simple Dijon vinaigrette is always a good option.

Is chicken parmesan unhealthy?

Traditionally, chicken parmesan is fried in oil, but this version is a little bit healthier because it is breaded and baked in the oven. If you’re trying to make it even healthier, you could also skip the cheese/vegan cheese.

45 degree angle shot of baked chicken parmesan recipe made with dairy free mozzarella, on a bed of spaghetti in a white bowl with an antique fork, a second serving bowl in the background next to a blue tinted glass
What wine goes best with chicken parmesan?

I like to serve this with a dry white wine, like a chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc. But, if you prefer red, that’s okay. Opt for a lighter red like a brachetto or pinot noir.

How do I get the crispiest breaded chicken?

My favorite way to get super crispy breaded chicken is to start with the right breadcrumbs. I always use Panko – since we can’t use traditional breadcrumbs anyway. I’ve started adding cornflake crumbs to my mixture because they’re super crispy and beautifully golden brown.

I like to spray my breaded chicken with a nice coating of olive oil or whatever cooking spray I have on hand to help it get nice and brown and crispy.

close up of baked chicken parmesan recipe made with dairy free mozzarella, on a bed of spaghetti in a white bowl with an antique fork

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Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This easy baked chicken parmesan recipe can be made in the oven. It’s a little bit healthy but still plenty crispy, made with a mix of cornflake and Panko breadcrumbs. #chicken #dairyfree


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt + 1 pinch
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1″ thickness
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken to a 1 inch thickness.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg with 1 – 2 tablespoons of water. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornflake crumbs, Panko, garlic, parsley, and salt & pepper.
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, followed by the breading mixture until completely coated on both sides.
  5. Transfer breaded chicken to a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil or cooking spray (optional).
  6. Bake the chicken for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
  7. Remove from oven and top with marinara sauce and a slice of cheese (vegan or optional). Return pan to the oven and cook for an additional 2 minutes to melt cheese.

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