Chicken Parmesan Recipe That’s Great

This chicken parmesan recipe is great if you want a dinner for two that seems really fancy but only takes about 30 minutes to throw together. It’s also great if you’re entertaining members of your local organized crime family, I swear those guys love chicken parm.

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What You Need to Make It

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareCast iron skilletAmazon
CookwareWhisk or forkAmazon
CookwareMedium mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareSmall cutting boardAmazon
CookwareKitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareParchment-lined baking sheet with aluminum foil under parchmentAmazon
CookwareLarge pot with lidAmazon
CookwareLarge mixing spoonAmazon
CookwareButter knifeAmazon
CookwareMeasuring SpoonsAmazon
CookwareMeasuring cup, (for dry goods) 1/2 cupAmazon
Cookware2 dinner plates (for preparing chicken)Amazon
CookwareMeat tenderizing hammerAmazon
Ingredient12 to 16 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breastStore
Ingredient1 cup Italian style dried panko breadcrumbsStore
Ingredient2 large eggs, beaten slightlyStore
Ingredient1 tablespoon waterStore
IngredientHandful of grated parmesan (about 1 ounce)Store
Ingredient1/2 cup all-purpose flourStore
IngredientSalt/pepper/garlic mix (I use Livia’s)Store
Ingredient3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oilStore
Ingredient1 tablespoon of butterStore
Ingredient2 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese (1 ounce per chicken breast)Store
Ingredient1 pound of pasta noodlesStore

Alright, step 1 of making this chicken parmesan recipe is to prep the water for your pasta.

I know it sounds like a weird first step, but you need to get that ready because it’s way more obnoxious than you think to get the pasta made if you’re in the middle of doing the chicken and getting that baked.

water in large pot for pasta

You don’t need to start the water boiling just yet, but you might as well or at least start the burner on medium so by the time you’re starting to cook the chicken, the water’s ready for you to start the pasta.

Whatever you decide to do – just make sure that for this chicken parmesan recipe, you have the pasta cooked and hot when the parm is ready to come out of the oven.

Speaking of the oven, preheat it to 450 degrees F now.

preheating oven for chicken parmesan recipe

Next, put your chicken breasts in a plastic bag or at least cover them in plastic and pound them down with your meat hammer until the breasts are about half an inch thick.

tenderizing chicken for chicken parmesan recipe

Once that’s been pounded out, set it aside and grab your flour. It’s important to prep all the dry ingredients beforehand since this recipe moves pretty fast once you start. Put 1/2 a cup of flour on one of your dinner plates.

flour for chicken parmesan recipe

Then, shake a good amount of salt and pepper into your flour. I used a salt/pepper/garlic mixture.

salt and peppering the flour

Make sure to mix everything around. A fork is great for that.

mixing salt, pepper, and flour together

Next, crack two eggs into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

cracking two eggs into a medium mixing bowl for chicken parmesan recipe

Using either a fork (like me) or a whisk, mix the egg around in the bowl.

Also, add a tablespoon of water to your egg mixture.

mixing egg around in a medium sized bowl

Once that’s good and mixed around, get your panko and add one cup of that to your plate for this part of the chicken parmesan recipe.

panko bread crumbs for 
frying chicken

You’ll want to put all of the chicken coatings next to the skillet, so you don’t drip too much while moving them in there.

chicken coatings for chicken parmesan recipe

Next, circle back to your chicken breasts and if you need to, work on cutting them up. I sliced the one below in half since it was about 12 ounces.

chicken breast on cutting board.

Once you do that, turn up the heat to high on your pot of water (if you haven’t done that already). If you’re starting the water now, wait about 5 minutes or until it’s close to boiling before you start cooking the chicken.

heating up pot of water

Once that’s done, put your two chicken breasts on the floured plate for this part of the chicken parmesan recipe.

coating chicken breasts in flour

Following that, put your floured chicken breasts in the egg quickly on both sides.

chicken being dunked in egg

Then, push both of those into your panko plate.

chicken parmesan recipe panko coating part

Let those chicken breasts sit for a minute and go grab your olive oil. Measuring three tablespoons of that into the skillet and turn it to medium-high heat.

olive oil in skillet

Grab your butter, too and throw 1 tablespoon of that into the skillet. Look at that. Look at that butter and olive oil. It’s a beautiful thing.

putting 1 tablespoon of 
butter into a skillet

Anyways, once that butter’s melted more, throw the breaded chicken into the skillet.

chicken breasts cooking in skillet

Let each side cook for two minutes, then turn them over with your tongs.

turning chicken for chicken parmesan recipe

Once both sides have cooked 2 minutes each, place your chicken on a baking sheet with a base-layer of aluminum foil and parchment paper above that. For my recipe, I decided to just stick the skillet in the oven, but I won’t be doing that again.

The bottom can get way too burnt by doing this. Anyway, before putting the chicken breasts in the oven, put a little bit of tomato sauce on each and then about 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken breast. Then, grab a small handful of parmesan and put half on one breast and half on the other.

putting mozzarella on chicken breasts

For this part of the chicken parmesan recipe, bake for 10-15 minutes at 450. Check the chicken’s internal temp after 10-12 minutes since it may be done by then.

chicken in skillet

Once that’s in the oven, put your pasta noodles in the boiling water. Since it takes about 12 minutes to cook pasta, that should be done at about the same time as the chicken.

cooking pasta

Once your chicken parm is done cooking in there, you should have something that looks a little like this:

chicken parmesan recipe finished cooking

If you’re wondering, yes, it does taste as good as it looks.

completed chicken parmesan recipe

One more shot of the completed chicken parmesan recipe:

chicken parmesan recipe

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe That's Great

Recipe by BobCourse: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium


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A simple and tasty chicken parmesan recipe that you'll make again and again.


  • 12-16 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 1 cup Italian style dried panko

  • 2 large eggs, beaten slightly

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter (salted or unsalted)

  • 2 ounces of shredded mozzarella

  • 1 pound of pasta noodles, any kind

  • Handful of grated parmesan (about 1 ounce)


  • Prep your water - fill a large pot about halfway for the pasta. Set that on the stove but don't turn the burner on. If you do, just turn it to low heat for now.
    Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F
  • Using a meat hammer, tenderize your chicken breasts. Best to do it with them in plastic bags or underneath some cling wrap.
  • Place half a cup of flour on one dinner plate, 1 cup of panko on another dinner plate, and crack 2 eggs + 1 tablespoon of water into a medium bowl and whisk that around. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper to the flour plate and mix that around with a different utensil than the eggs. Set all of these things as close to the skillet as you can.
  • Place each side of each chicken breast in the flour, then in the bowl with the egg in it quickly. Then, press each side into the panko on the plate.
  • Put 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and turn that to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Once heated up, put both chicken breasts in the skillet and cook each side for 2 minutes per side. After the second side is done, use a tongs to move the chicken on to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Put a little red sauce on each chicken breast, followed by 1 ounce of mozzarella then a small handful of parmesan and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Check the temperature after 10 minutes.
  • Right after the chicken goes in the oven, start cooking your pasta noodles. Those will only take about 12 minutes.
  • Drain your pasta once it's finished and put about half on a plate. Set one chicken breast on top of the pasta and add some additional red sauce and mozzarella to the pasta. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calorie calculation is an estimate, and the full calculation is available at the end of the article.

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe Calorie Calculation

Chicken 460
Breading est200
Total calories2090
Total per serving1250