Baked Chicken Parmesan

You might think of today as April Fool’s Day, but it’s my Dad’s birthday! Because he brings the Italian side to my ethnic background, I needed to share an Italian-American dish today. Chicken Parmesan is a nice simple dish that works well during the week. I like that I can start it in the oven and then relax a bit when I get home from work. The 30 minutes is enough time to even take a shower, or just work on the vegetable side dish. You can serve it with pasta like I did, or make some garlic bread on the side. If you are limiting your carbs, then feel free to leave it out entirely.

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I promise that this dish is easy for anyone. You can even play around with the seasoning depending on what you have. If you don’t have one or the other for panko and bread crumbs, feel free to use all of one kind, but I like the mix to evenly coat the chicken (bread crumbs) and have texture (panko). The olive oil idea replaces the common method of dipping the chicken in egg. It was inspired by this recipe and it worked much better than eggs, as well as adding a small amount of flavor.

Directions for Baked Chicken Parmesan

  • About 3 cups tomato sauce (homemade or jar)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts, sliced into thin pieces (scallopini style)
  • Olive oil
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded/grated parmesan
  • 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning (Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Garlic powder, etc.)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking dish about 9 x 13 inches with baking spray. Or, pour a bit of olive oil in it and roll the chicken pieces in it. Either way, coat the chicken with a little bit of olive oil. Stir together the bread crumbs, panko crumbs, parmesan, and seasoning.

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Coat the chicken in that mixture, then place in the baking dish, spaced out if possible.

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Pour the tomato sauce on top. Place the mozzarella slices evenly on top.

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Bake for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Top with some parsley, if desired.

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Serve!

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Directions for Baked Chicken Parmesan (without pictures)

  • About 3 cups tomato sauce (homemade or jar)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts, sliced into thin pieces (scallopini style)
  • Olive oil
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded/grated parmesan
  • 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning (Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Garlic powder, etc.)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking dish about 9 x 13 inches with baking spray. Or, pour a bit of olive oil in it and roll the chicken pieces in it. Either way, coat the chicken with a little bit of olive oil. Stir together the bread crumbs, panko crumbs, parmesan, and seasoning. Coat the chicken in that mixture, then place in the baking dish, spaced out if possible. Pour the tomato sauce on top. Place the mozzarella slices evenly on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Top with some parsley, if desired. Serve!

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12 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Parmesan

  1. – Happy Birthday to your Dad!
    (Today is my Father’s B’day too… for reals, not April Foo’s Day.) 😀
    – Easy and delicious dish is always a welcome. You have made it deliciously, and I almost can smell its fragarance!

  2. Yum, chicken parm is so good…my son loves it (particularly, the mozzarella) but I don’t make it that often because I have to brown the chicken in the skillet first and it becomes a project. Are you telling me I don’t need to do that?! Had no idea! I have to try that and the oil instead of egg trick. Happy birthday to your dad!!

      • I had to make chicken parm for dinner tonight! : ) So instead of cooking the chicken in a skillet first like I normally do, I baked it in the oven. I didn’t quite have the nerve to put the sauce right on top (I’ll work up the courage) so I let it bake first and then added the sauce and mozarella after the chicken was cooked. I like that baking it made for a lighter dish. It was a great dinner – thanks for the inspiration! : )

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