Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan {Family Recipe}

Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan topped with hearty tomato sauce, melted cheese, and herbs. This DELICIOUS Italian classic is one my family has been making for years. Made with simple ingredients, is full of flavor, and is a must-try recipe!

Chicken parmesan in a pan with a spatula

This Authentic Crispy Chicken Parmesan is one of my all time favorite dishes. It is a famous recipe within my family – and after having many versions of chicken parmesan over the years, I can say there isn’t one I’ve had better than this recipe! It is an easy and flavorful dinner that makes plenty of leftovers if needed and is the perfect crowd-pleasing meal.

Is Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Parmigiana the same?

Yes! Although spelled differently, chicken parmigiana is also known as chicken parmesan. In the United States we know it as ‘chicken parm’, and in Australia as a ‘parmy’, ‘parmi’ or ‘parma.

Make Chicken Parmesan Without Bread Crumbs or Flour

To make this recipe a little healthier and without breading use 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese mixed with the herbs, garlic powder, and salt & pepper. Dip chicken into egg, then parmesan cheese mixture, and then bake accordingly. The result will be so cheesy and delicious!

How to Make Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) – Step by Step

Step by Step photos showing how to make chicken parmesan

(1) Place chicken cutlets/breasts in a ziplock bag, and firmly pound with a rolling pin or smooth side of a meat hammer – chicken thickness should be 1/2 inch.)

(2) Dip chicken cutlets in flour on both sides.

(3) Then, transfer floured chicken and dip in egg on both sides.

(4) Last, dip both sides of chicken in bread crumbs. Evenly coat and pack breadcrumbs lightly with your hand

Step by step photos showing how to fry chicken parmesan

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Crispy

(5) In a cast-iron skillet or heavy pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Lay breaded chicken in oiled pan and brown chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side.

(6) Place browned chicken cutlets in a baking pan or dish (9×13), layer with mozzarella then tomato sauce. Bake for 13-15 minutes – then sprinkle with shredded parmesan and mozzarella and broil on HIGH for 1 additional minute – cheese will be bubbling and browned.

What to Serve with Chicken Parmesan

  • Pasta – Spaghetti, rigatoni, penne, or any of your favorite gluten free pasta.
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Zucchini noodles or vegetable noodles as a healthier replacement for pasta.

What to Use Instead of Breadcrumbs For Chicken Parmesan

If you do not have breadcrumbs, you can either make your own (see notes below) or grind up old-fashion oats, crushed regular corn flakes, or cracker crumbs.

Make Italian Breadcrumbs

This isn’t required but recommend to elevate your chicken parmesan even more. Homemade Italian breadcrumbs take only a few minutes and make a world of difference for this recipe!

How to make Italian breadcrumbs: Toast 5-7 slices of your choice of bread – whole wheat, Ezekiel bread, or gluten free. Blend toast in a food processor or high powered blender with 1 tsp garlic power, 2 tsp Italian herbs, and 1/2 tsp salt. SO easy and absolutely delicious!

Extra Tips For Making Chicken Parmesan

  • For chicken parmesan you can use either chicken breast or chicken cutlets. The difference? A chicken breast is the whole thing; a chicken cutlet is a slice of meat cut from a chicken breast. It is generally thinner than the whole breast.
  • What makes this Authentic Italian Chicken Parmigiana delicious is using my family’s famous San Marzano Tomato Sauce. This sauce we simmer for several hours to perfection to get a thick, rich, and flavorful tomato sauce. You can also use your favorite sauce for this recipe. (Video below)

A close up of chicken parmesan

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Chicken parmesan in a pan with a spatula

Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

5 from 4 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Amazing Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan - crispy baked chicken with hearty tomato sauce, melted cheese, and herbs. A famous family recipe that is the BEST chicken parmesan I've had - A must-try recipe that makes plenty for leftovers! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: authentic chicken parmesan, chicken parmigiana, easy chicken dinner
Calories: 454 kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts or cutlets, sliced in half into 6 cuts (see notes for difference)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (use gf flour blend if needed)
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Breadcrumbs

  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (see notes to make homemade bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp (each) salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian herb blend (thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

For the Topping

  • 6 slices Mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato/marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place chicken cutlets/breasts in a ziplock bag, and firmly pound with a rolling pin or smooth side of a meat hammer - chicken thickness should be 1/2 inch.)

  2. Breadcrumbs: In a bowl mix all of breadcrumb ingredients together. Set up a line of bowls with flour, whisked eggs, and breadcrumbs. 

  3. Bread the Chicken: Dip chicken cutlets in flour on both sides. Then, transfer floured chicken and dip in egg on both sides. Last, dip both sides of chicken in bread crumbs. Evenly coat and pack breadcrumbs lightly with your hand.

  4. Brown Chicken: Heat 3 tablespoons of oil at a time in a cast iron skillet or pan - brown chicken for 2 minutes on both sides.

  5. Bake Chicken: Preheat oven at 425F. Lay browned chicken in a large baking pan or dish. Layer chicken: mozzarella slices then tomato sauce over top. Bake in oven for 14 minutes - remove from oven then sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Place back in oven and broil on HIGH or 1 minute until cheese is melted and browned. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve with your favorite pasta! 

Recipe Notes

Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

This isn't required but recommend to elevate your chicken parmigiana even more. Homemade breadcrumbs take only a few minutes and make a world of difference for this recipe! 

How to: Toast 5-7 slices of your choice of bread - whole wheat, Ezekiel bread, or gluten free. (Healthier bread actually works best for breadcrumbs - the more course the better!) Blend toast in a food processor or high powered blender with 1 tsp garlic power, 2 tsp Italian herbs, and 1/2 tsp salt. SO easy and absolutely delicious!

 

Extra Tips For Making Chicken Parmesan

  • For chicken parmesan you can use either chicken breast or chicken cutlets. The difference? A chicken breast is the whole thing; a chicken cutlet is a slice of meat cut from a chicken breast. It is generally thinner than the whole breast.
  • For tomato sauce - use your favorite recipe, purchase a high quality marinara, or use my family's famous San Marzano Tomato Sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Italian Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 192
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.3g 33%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 495mg 21%
Potassium 281mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 31.7g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!
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