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Crispy Chicken Parmigiana

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Try this classic chicken parmigiana at home for a deliciously filling dinner that the whole family will love! The best crispy chicken parmigiana (also called chicken parmesan) has the perfect fried breaded coating and is topped with homemade marinara sauce and bubbly melted mozzarella cheese.


Classic Italian Pollo alla parmigiana (also known as chicken parmesan in the US and affectionately known as a “parm” “parmy” or “parma” in Australia, because we can and will shorten every word we possibly can!) is one of the most loved and popular chicken recipes in the world.


While it is a favourite dish to order in pubs and restaurants, this crispy, tender, cheesy and saucy chicken parmesan is a suprisingly simple recipe to make at home too!


While it tastes and looks like it takes hours to prepare, in reality it all comes together in less than 30 minutes with easy pantry ingredients… including the homemade marinara sauce!


This is the only chicken parmigiana recipe that you will need. Skip the restaurant and give it a try at home instead!

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How to make chicken parmigiana at home


The first step for crispy chicken parmesan is to bread the chicken for texture and flavour!

  1. Coat the seasoned chicken pieces in the flour mix.
  2. Dredge the chicken through an egg wash and coat in the breadcrumb mix.
  3. Pan fry the chicken on both sides and rest on a paper towel to drain excess oil.


To make the parmigiana, spoon a generous amount of the homemade tomato sauce over the top and cover with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake the chicken on a tray until the chicken has cooked through and the cheese has bubbled and melted, around 7-8 minutes. Top with fresh chopped parsley and basil.

This recipe makes six medium pieces, but can easily be multiplied for more.


Chicken parmigiana sauce


For maximum flavour, try this rich and delicious homemade marinara sauce, packed full of punchy flavours! It is my go-to homemade pizza sauce recipe, but works perfectly with the crispy breaded chicken and melted cheese too!


You can also use store bought pasta sauce, tomato paste, marinara sauce or pizza sauce.

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Tips to keep the crumbs sticking to the chicken


One of the challenges faced when making breaded chicken at home is that the coating can fall off of the chicken. There are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure that this doesn’t happen;

  • Coat the chicken in flour before dredging through the egg wash. The flour helps the egg stick to the surface of the chicken, which will hold the breadcrumbs in place.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan! When frying, cook in batches if needed to avoid the chicken pieces hitting each other and knocking off the coating.
  • Start in hot oil. Wait until the oil is almost smoking hot (canola or vegetable oil is best) before adding the chicken. You can test by adding a small piece of chicken or crumbs. If it immediately bubbles, the oil is ready.


To lighten this dish up


To make this classic chicken parmesan recipe a bit healthier, try these options;

  • Oven bake the chicken breast instead of frying. Just drizzle a little olive oil over the top and bake at 200 C for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Then add the tomato sauce and cheese and bake until the cheese has melted. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces.
  • Skip the crispy coating and use oven baked chicken breast instead.
  • Lighten the calories by serving with a simple salad or zucchini noodles instead of fries or pasta.
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What to serve with chicken parmesan

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Something a little different…

For a spin on a classic chicken parmesan, try these suggestions;

  • Try eggplant parmesan instead, for a vegetarian option! Follow the recipe below, but use thick slices of eggplant instead of chicken. It will seriously change your life!
  • For chicken parmigiana with ham, simply add a thin slice of ham to the tomato sauce before adding the cheese and baking.
  • For a Mexican parma, switch the marinara sauce for some tomato salsa, black beans and cheese before grilling and top with guacamole, sour cream and crumbled corn chips.


More chicken recipes that you will love;

Try these delicious recipes to jazz up your next chicken dinner!

Thanks for reading! If you try this crispy chicken parmigiana recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or review below, or send me a message. For more food inspiration, tips and to share your own recipes and creations, head over to my Facebook Recipe Group. 

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Crispy Chicken Parmigiana

Try this classic chicken parmigiana at home for a deliciously filling dinner that the whole family will love! The best crispy chicken parmigiana (also called chicken parmesan) has the perfect fried breaded coating and is topped with homemade marinara sauce and bubbly melted mozzarella cheese.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken parmesan, crispy chicken parmigiana
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Andrea Geddes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breast approx 600 grams
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup plain flour all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs lightly whisked
  • 1 cup canola oil or vegetable oil, for frying

For the breading mix

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs plain or panko
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs fresh parsley chopped

For the marinara sauce

Plus

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • basil and parsley to serve

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 °C (392 F).
  • Mix the tomato sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Stir the breadcrumbs together with the paprika, garlic powder and parsley and 1-2 tsp of salt. Set aside.
  • Slice each chicken breast lengthways into 3 thin pieces of similar size (6 pieces total). Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and then coat in the flour until completely covered.
  • Dredge each chicken piece through the egg wash and then coat evenly in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat, until almost smoking. When hot, add the chicken pieces and cook for around 3 minutes on each side. Larger pieces may need longer. The coating should become crisp and golden.
  • Rest the chicken pieces on a plate with paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  • Transfer the chicken to a baking tray and spoon the tomato sauce over the top of each piece.
  • Top with the shredded mozzarella and bake until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese has bubbled and melted (around 7-8 minutes). Larger pieces may take longer.
  • Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped parsley and basil. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Notes

For maximum flavour, I use this rich and delicious homemade marinara sauce recipe, packed full of punchy flavours! It pairs perfectly with the crispy breaded chicken and melted cheese.
You can also use store bought pasta sauce, tomato paste, marinara sauce or pizza sauce.
This recipe can use regular or panko breadcrumbs, or a mix of both. Panko crumbs absorb less oil and become crisper.
 
Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the oven used. Ensure that the chicken breast is completely white and cooked through before serving.
 

Tips to keep the crumbs sticking to the chicken;

One of the challenges faced when making breaded chicken at home is that the coating can fall off of the chicken. There are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure that this doesn’t happen;
  • Coat the chicken in flour before dredging through egg. The flour helps the egg stick to the surface of the chicken.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan! When frying, cook in batches if needed to avoid the chicken pieces hitting each other and knocking off the coating.
  • Start in hot oil. Wait until the oil is burning hot (canola or vegetable oil is best) before adding the chicken. You can test by adding a small piece. If it immediately bubbles, the oil is ready.
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Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 2mg


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Sally May 10, 2020 - 5:18 am

5 stars
Such a classic dinner, there is nothing better than a parmy! This is the perfect recipe to make at the moment until we can go back to the pub!

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Andrea Geddes May 10, 2020 - 6:37 am

Hi Sally! Yes! I miss eating out. These “takeaway” at home recipes certainly help in the meantime!

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Sylvie May 10, 2020 - 6:34 am

5 stars
The second I saw the first photo, I though “man I wish that was my dinner tonight”! Love to get parma when we go out but never think to make some at home. Cant wait to give it a go now!

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Andrea Geddes May 10, 2020 - 6:36 am

Thanks Sylvie! We love parma nights at the pub, but at home is just as good too (if not better!). Enjoy.

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Chloe May 10, 2020 - 9:59 am

Can’t believe this can be ready in 30 minutes! It looks just incredible. While the pubs are still closed I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

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Andrea Geddes May 15, 2020 - 12:11 am

Thanks Chloe! It is a great substitute while we can’t go out- and a perfect substitute for when you don’t feel like going out!

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Alex May 14, 2020 - 8:19 am

5 stars
How good this looks!! Can’t beat a delicious classic like this!

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Andrea Geddes May 15, 2020 - 12:10 am

Thanks Alex! It’s definitely a favourite in our home!

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