Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe – This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt! 

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Chicken parmesan. Oh how I do love thee! Seriously though, what’s not to love, crispy, crunchy parmesan coated chicken topped with marinara, melty cheese and a bit of  basil all on a bed of slurpy noodles and even more marinara?

But friends, today I have a technique to share with you that will rock your chicken parmesan loving world – baked chicken parmesan. Yes, baked.

With this recipe you get every single bit of the crispy, crunch parmesan chicken that you love made simpler, easier, and I dare say without all the guilt!

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

The trick to all that flavor and crunch on the chicken is the parmesan coating. Rather than breading in flour, I used panko crumbs. Panko is lighter and airier than standard breadcrumbs and tends to absorb less oil. I think it makes for a really crisp coating, too. You can use any type of panko that you like. For these, I used my new favorite gluten-free panko that I found. If you are gluten-free, I think you’d enjoy it!

Panko by itself doesn’t really have a great deal of flavor (at least to me), so the addition of the parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder give it the perfect amount of seasoning the chicken needs in this recipe.

You’ll also notice that I add my olive oil directly to the panko parmesan mixture and stir it until it is well combined. I found that this helps with flavor, crispiness, and also to better adhere to the chicken as the chicken parmesan bakes.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my recipe. You’ll want to be sure to use chicken of similar sizing so that the chicken cooks in the same amount of time. You can even split the breasts in half to make filets or cutlets to reduce the cooking time even further while reducing the serving size, if you’d like.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

First you’ll dredge your chicken breast in eggs. If for some reason you are sensitive to eggs or even allergic, you can use buttermilk instead of the egg for this step. This simply helps the coating stay on the chicken as the chicken cooks.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Be sure to turn your chicken in the egg (or buttermilk) to make sure that all of the chicken is well coated.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Next, place your chicken into the panko parmesan mixture. You’ll want to lightly press the mixture onto the chicken to help it adhere and to make sure that chicken is well coated.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Next, place your coated chicken breasts onto a baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil and bake the chicken until the internal temperature registers 165º F when checked with a temperature probe.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Once the chicken has cooked through, spoon a bit of marinara sauce on top of the chicken. I love to use my homemade marinara sauce, but you can use your favorite recipe or even store bought, if you like.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Then, you’ll top with shredded mozzarella cheese and return to the oven for just a few minutes for the cheese to melt.

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Top with basil and you are ready to serve this baked chicken parmesan! I declare, it is so good that every time I make it I think I might just have to make it again the next night! 🙂

I like to serve my baked chicken parmesan over cooked noodles that have a little more marinara sauce on them. For the noodles, I generally go with a fettuccine and have really been loving the flavor of this gluten-free fettuccine lately. It is also mighty delicious served over zucchini noodles if you want to add more veg to the meal!

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe. I hope you give it a try soon. Let me know what you think when you do!

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com
Yield: 4

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Total Time 55 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess!
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Spray a baking sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.
  2. Combine the Panko, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the olive oil in a shallow dish until well combined. Whisk the egg in another shallow dish until well beaten.
  3. Dip the chicken breast into the egg and then into the Panko mixture, carefully pressing the Panko mixture onto the chicken. Place the coated chicken breast onto the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken. Bake in the oven until the chicken is golden brown and registers 165º F when checked with an internal temperature probe, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, spoon about 1-2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 more minutes. Top with fresh basil for serving.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe - This baked chicken parmesan recipe includes everything you love about chicken parmesan without all the guilt or mess! // addapinch.com

15 comments on “Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe”

  1. This sounds really good, but I can easily do without extra marinara sauce. I am so sock of tomato sauce! (That’s a function of eating too much cruise line kitchen food.) I rarely cook anything Italian, but I’m definitely saving this recipe, for just in case.

    • Hi Susan,
      You can definitely adjust the amount of marinara sauce on your dish if you wish. It is really good – my family loves it. I really hope you like it if you give it a try. Thanks! xo

  2. This looks very good. I like the idea of cooking in the oven and adding such a small amount of oil to the Panko mixture.. Will make tonight or tomorrow.. Looks yummy. thank you..

    • I hope you enjoy it, Sue! It is really delicious and my family loves it. We honestly don’t miss it being fried…it tastes so good! Can’t wait to hear how you like it! Thanks so much! xo

  3. I used this recipe this evening, it was a hit! It tastes awesome!

  4. I will be making this soon. I would like to know if you can make this in a air fryer?

    • Hi Jacqueline,
      I’ve not made it in an air fryer, but feel sure that you could! My in-laws absolutely love their air fryer? Do you enjoy yours? I’ve been trying to decide! 🙂

  5. you aleays have such good receipes…thank you..

  6. Can you make the chicken ahead of time and freeze it? Then, bake it on the night that you are serving this dish?

    • Hi Amy,
      Yes, you can freeze them. After chicken breasts have baked, cool completely. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap, keeping breasts from touching, then place airtight freezer bags. Or can place baked chicken on foil lined baking sheet, flash freeze for about 30 to 45 minutes, then wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags. Then to cook, thaw completely in refrigerator, reheat until hot, then follow recipe for adding sauce and complete recipe instructions from that point. Enjoy – Thanks!

  7. Just finished with diner and clean up, would like to say great taste and flavor.Did not have the heaviness of restaurant style chicken parmesan. I used Cento crushed tomatoes in the yellow can 28 oz. and used angel hair pasta. Split the chicken breasts in half and they came out at 165* with thermometer.

    I reduced the amount of diced onion for families taste and grocery store was out of Basil. Will add to recipe box to make again in the future.

    Nice to have something different since my 13 year old daughter has cut out red meat and pork.

  8. Can I make in morn and keep refrigerated for dinner that evening? Am afraid chicken will get soggy?

    • Hi Rebecca,
      It won’t be as crisp as freshly made, but we still love it as leftovers – and it still has a little crunch. Also, you can freeze them. After chicken breasts have baked, cool completely. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap, keeping breasts from touching, then place airtight freezer bags. Or can place baked chicken on foil lined baking sheet, flash freeze for about 30 to 45 minutes, then wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags. Then to cook, thaw completely in refrigerator, reheat until hot, then follow recipe for adding sauce and complete recipe instructions from that point. Enjoy – Thanks!

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