Gooey cheese and fresh basil tops crisp breaded chicken breasts lying on a bed of light marinara sauce. This friends, is serious comfort food. Jump to the Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe. Or, watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.
Homemade chicken parmesan is totally doable — just keep the following in mind.
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How to Make the Best Chicken Parmesan
After making a few mistakes, ourselves, we’ve narrowed down a few tricks to make the best chicken parmesan. They’re all simple enough, but wow do they make a difference.
Salt and Pepper Are Your Friend
Whenever we bread chicken (or other meats and veggies), we always go heavy on the seasoning. Breading the chicken is a three part process. The chicken is dredged in flour, dipped in egg, and then is tossed in breadcrumbs and a little parmesan before pan frying.
Fortunately, that means there are lots of chances to season the chicken. First, we lightly season the chicken itself. Then, we actually add salt to the flour and to the breadcrumbs. This way, not only is the chicken seasoned, but the breading is as well. Win!
Why You Should Use Marinara Sauce
For the sauce, we rely on a light marinara sauce. We make our own marinara sauce, but you could buy it at the store. Using a lighter sauce, like marinara won’t weigh down the chicken.
How Much Sauce To Add — Less Than You Think
We really like baking the chicken on top of sauce with only a tablespoon added to the top of the chicken. This way, the breading remains crisp, but you still get the extra flavors of the chicken baking on top of the sauce.
Cooking the Chicken — Or, How Not to Overcook the Chicken
Chicken parmesan is a two-part process. First the chicken is breaded and pan-fried. This makes the breading crisp and golden brown. After that, it is baked.
While the pan-frying does cook the chicken partially, it won’t be completely cooked through. So, you really only need to bake long enough to complete cooking the chicken and to melt the cheese. We bake for 15 to 20 minutes. That’s it.
For serving, we like to add a small side of pasta topped with warm marinara sauce or even crisp vegetables. The chicken is very filling so there’s no need for lots.