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Easy chicken parmesan (parmigiana) with crispy breaded chicken, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The best comfort chicken dinner. | aheadofthyme.com

Easy Chicken Parmesan


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings

Description

Easy chicken parmesan (parmigiana) with crispy breaded chicken, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The best comfort chicken dinner.


Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons saltdivided
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggsbeaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (for pan-frying)

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlicminced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 5 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Slice each chicken breast carefully in half lengthwise. Place each halved chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or in a freezer bag. Carefully flatten the chicken breasts with a rolling pin to achieve uniform thickness, about 1/2-inch thick. Don’t pound the breasts too hard. It could tear them apart.
  3. Pat dry each breast completely with a paper towel and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  4. In a shallow plate, whisk together Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside. Add beaten eggs into another shallow plate.
  5. Dip both sides of each halved chicken breast into the eggs to evenly coat them, and then dip it into the breadcrumb mixture. The breadcrumbs will stick to the egg wash.
  6. Heat oil in a non stick cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes until the hot oil is sizzling and shimmering. Pan fry the chicken breasts for about 4-5 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Set aside on a plate. The chicken should be almost fully cooked and the internal temperature should reach above 155 F.

Prepare the Sauce:

  1. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the hot oil in the skillet. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes until soft and tender. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, parsley, and salt. Stir well to combine and bring the sauce to a simmer. Turn to low heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer sauce into a bowl.

Assemble and Bake:

  1. In the same skillet, or in another cast-iron skillet or baking dish, evenly spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom. Place the chicken breasts spaced evenly apart over the sauce.
  2. Cover each breast with 1/4 cup sauce, and top each breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle finely chopped parsley on top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven at 425F for 15-20 minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden brown.
  4. Serve with spaghetti and garnish with more parsley on top.

Notes

Equipment usedcast-iron skillet or an oven safe skillet (you could also fry the chicken in a regular skillet and then transfer into a casserole dish to bake with the sauce and cheese).

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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