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Chicken Parmesan A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

Homemade Chicken Parmesan

Don’t you love an easy weeknight dinner? This lightly breaded Homemade Chicken Parmesan is always on the menu when I have leftover marinara sauce.

Perfect for a quick, tasty weeknight meal!

Homemade Chicken Parmesan - A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

Homemade Chicken Parmesan

This homemade chicken parmesan is one of those weeknight dinners I throw together at the last minute. As long as I have some leftover marinara in the fridge or freezer and some melty cheese, we’re good to go. The rest can be easily tweaked. I often have a box of seasoned croutons in the pantry to make the kids’ favorite chicken nuggets, so that is a popular option for a lovely crust. Otherwise, some doctored up bread crumbs work well. No sliced cheese? Use some shredded mozzarella. No time for homemade marinara? Your favorite store bought marinara or spaghetti sauce will work in a pinch.

Chicken Parmesan A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

 

Homemade Marinara

This marinara is SO darn easy to throw together, it’s worth cooking up a double batch to have a stash in your freezer. Make sure to buy quality canned tomatoes (I’ve been loving Pomi—BPA and GMO free, made from Italian tomatoes) as they are the main component of this recipe. After cooking the onions and garlic, the rest of the ingredients are added; and in a half hour, the marinara is ready to go. I also make Spaghetti Pie with my leftover marinara. The hubby loves that entree, too! Hope you will work this easy dish into your dinner repertoire.

Chicken Parmesan A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

 

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Chicken Parmesan A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

Homeade Chicken Parmesan

A delicious weeknight dinner that always receives raves from my crew

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: entree
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

For Marinara

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 53 ounces (2 Pomi boxes) chopped tomatoes
  • Large pinch of sugar
  • 3 basil sprigs (or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For chicken

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded with a meat mallet to an even thickness
  • Box of seasoned croutons, crushed or 1 – 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (Panko works well) seasoned with salt, basil and thyme
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg mixed with 2 tablespoons milk or water
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 26 slices of Provolone cheese (if your slices are thin, you will need the larger amount)
  • 26 slices Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Make marinara: Heat olive oil and cook garlic cloves till slightly golden. Add onions and cook till soft. Add tomato paste and mix to combine and cook briefly. Carefully add tomatoes (oil will splatter), a large pinch of sugar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove garlic cloves.
  3. Spray large baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  4. Pound chicken into cutlets about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  5. In a pie tin, whisk egg with water or milk.
  6. In another pin tin, mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan with 1/2 teaspoon salt, basil and thyme for each cup (or mix crushed, seasoned croutons with Parmesan and omit the seasonings).
  7. Heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in large saucepan.
  8. Dip chicken first in egg wash, then in crumbs, pressing to help them adhere. Place into hot pan and cook on both sides till well browned. Remove to prepared pan. Top each piece of chicken with a half slice of provolone and a half slice of mozzarella (use a whole slice if your slices are thin. Cover chicken with 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or till chicken is cooked through.
Chicken Parmesan A terrific weeknight dinner of breaded chicken topped with cheese and marinara

Disclosure: Pomi supplied me with samples of their tomatoes. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pomi.

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18 comments on “Homemade Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Chicken Parm has been on my mind lately and yours sounds good Liz! I had fun scrolling through some of your older chicken recipes too, the raspberry one looks extra yummy:@)

  2. Looks good.. One of my favorite dishes 🙂

  3. Handmade marinara is the best ! And we can used for so many recipes ! With the chicken looks so good ! The perfect dinner!

  4. This is something I haven’t made in decades!! I must try your recipe and love that you’ve added a homemade sauce – the best. Yum!!

  5. Another great dish Liz! Looking forward to trying the marinara sauce, I’ve wanted to make it from scratch for a long time.

  6. I’m pretty sure my husband could eat chicken parm every night and not get bored of it! Total crowd pleaser.

  7. Lizzy I love chicken and this chicken parmesan look absolutely delicious!!
    xoxox

  8. Ta-da Liz Berg to the rescue with a wonderful way to impress my stepmother and father in Florida (who I will see shortly.) Saving! P.s. BIG Bravo for promoting GMO-free products!

  9. Chicken parmesan is the perfect weeknight meal, especially with homemade marinara!

  10. We love chicken parm and this looks like a really good recipe!

  11. Yummy….I make something similar. 🙂 Have a super weekend, my friend.

  12. I love chicken parmesan. It is pure comfort food to me. And I agree with you on Pomi tomatoes. I want some now!

  13. Delicious recipe for chicken parmigiana…I have not made this dishes in ages…
    Have a great weekend Liz 🙂

  14. This looks delicious and not too difficult. I’ll give it a try.
    Amalia
    xo

  15. Heyya… Delicious recipe for chicken parmigiana…I have not made this dishes in ages and we can used for so many recipes ! With the chicken looks so good ! The perfect dinner.. 🙂

  16. Lizzy,
    Chicken parm is a staple in our house. We don’t really have a recipe for it, though. We just make our gravy and instead of pounding the cutlets, my hubby slices them into thinner fillets. Anyway it’s always yummy, as I’m sure yours is.
    Annamaria

  17. I’m assuming the fresh grated Parmesan is for the finished product since I didn’t see it listed in the preparation part.. Or am I missing it? :-/

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