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Chicken Parmesan

When you’re looking for a quick dinner that contains nothing highly processed, look no further than that classic Italian fast food, chicken parmesan.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Chicken, Dinner, Everyday Meals, skillet dinners
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken, chicken parmesan, parmesan
Servings: 4
Calories: 619kcal


  • 4 skinless chicken breasts medium boneless
  • 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese


  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 2 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp onion minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tsp sugar optional


  • *Italian-flavor bread crumbs (with cheese) may be substituted
  • **1 jar (26 oz) of your favorite pasta sauce may be substituted for the sauce recipe (I often substitute it for speed sake, but will add pesto)
  • Pound each chicken breast between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap with a mallet until breast is about 1/4-inch thick. I never skip this step–because the chicken will cook evenly and not be underdone on the thick end nor overcooked at the thin end. It also tenderizes the chicken.
  • Pour cream in a shallow bowl. Mix breadcrumb ingredients and place on a large plate.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tbs of the olive oil. Dip chicken in cream, making sure it’s well coated then dredge in the breadcrumbs. Repeat for remaining chicken breasts.
  • Brown chicken breasts, 2 at a time, in the heated skillet. Remove to a plate. Meanwhile, add the remaining 1 1/2 tbs of olive oil and repeat browning on remaining chicken breasts. Set aside.
  • Wipe out the skillet to remove any burnt-on breadcrumbs. Return pan to a medium heat. Add the 1 tbs of olive oil (in the sauce recipe) and saute the onion and garlic until tender.
  • Add the tomato sauce and the remaining sauce ingredients and heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low, add the chicken breasts, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler to high. Slice block of mozzarella into 8 slices. Place 2 slices of cheese on each chicken breast. Broil for approximately 5 minutes (about 6-inches from flame or heat element), or until cheese is melted, bubbly and begins to brown.
  • Serve with any kind of pasta. Serves 4


Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1640mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 396mg | Iron: 2mg