Chicken Parmesan

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

If you are looking for a nice comfort meal that will satisfy you and your loved ones then you need to look no longer.

Because this is the right thing for you.

I just know it.

It’s Chicken Parmesan.

A flavorful combination of chicken, tomato sauce and cheese.

The best thing ever!

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

Here are the ingredients.

1. We are going to start by preparing the tomato sauce.

First, grate one half of the onion and place it into a medium saucepan.

It sounds like a strange thing to do – to grate an onion – but doing so will create smaller onion pieces and release more of the onion’s juices.

But then, you know how it works – rules are made to be broken. So if you don’t feel like grating it, then just give it a good chop.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

2. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the onions and place the saucepan over medium-high heat.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

3. Heat the mixture up and let the onions saute for about 2-3 minutes.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

4. Peel the cloves of garlic, press them and add them into the saucepan.

If you don’t have a press then just mince the garlic finely.
5. Cook until fragrant – for about one minute.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

6. Then add the tomatoes.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

7. Add the oregano, salt and sugar.
8. Bring to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to maintain the simmer.
9. Cook uncovered for about 10-12 minutes.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

Meanwhile, we can prepare the chicken.


10. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
11. Rinse the chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry – this is the thing I just always do, probably because my Mom said so.
12. Working one at a time, place a chicken cutlet between two layers of plastic wrap (or wax paper).

With a meat pounder, pound the chicken pieces to flatten them to an even thickness – between 1/4 – 1/2 inch (0.6 – 1 cm).

If you don’t have a meat pounder, you can use a rubber mallet, an empty wine bottle or a heavy rolling pin.

Working in kitchen can be a lot of fun sometimes.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

13. Salt the chicken pieces generously.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

14. Now we need two bowls.

In one bowl whisk together the eggs.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

15. And in the second bowl mix together one half of the Parmesan cheese (grated) and  the breadcrumbs.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

16. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
17. Dredge the chicken pieces (one piece at a time) first in the egg mixture…

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

18. …and then in the breadcrumbs.

I like to use tongs or two forks to do this.

Or both if I feel especially mischievous.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

19. Then lay the pieces in the hot pan.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

20. Turn the heat to medium, then gently fry the cutlets until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

21. Spread about 3/4 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) casserole pan or baking dish.
22. Once the cutlets are nicely browned on both sides, arrange them on top of the tomato sauce.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

23. Spoon the rest of the tomato sauce over each of the cutlets.
24. Slice the basil leaves roughly and sprinkle them over the sauce.

Me love basil!

Me have my own plant!

Me is happy to have my own plant!

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

25. Grate (or slice) the mozzarella (or Edam cheese) thinly…

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

26. …and place the slices on top.
27. Sprinkle the whole dish with the rest (1/2 cup – 50 grams) of the Parmesan cheese.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

28. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

Oh my!

chicken Parmesan recipe with step by step pictures

Serve this scrumptious meal with spaghetti and the remaining sauce.

Or… mm… in a large roll.

And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
(This recipe was adapted from

41 thoughts on “Chicken Parmesan

  1. 1
    Sue says:

    This looks REALLY delicious!

  2. 2
    Joy says:

    I dont know how I missed this recipe but I’m having serious cooking remorse after seeing this and thinking about what I made and ATE for dinner tonight. Well, thank goodness for a brand new day and brand new opportunities to cook!

  3. 3
    Mary says:


    This looks ahhh-maze-ing!!!!!!

    This has been bookmarked!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  4. 4

    cant wait to try this wholesome thingy 🙂

  5. 5

    love love love loved thsi recipe 🙂 Cant wait to try it .. gonna get some steaks this weekend :>

  6. 6
    Adrienne says:

    Thank you! Thank you! I’ve always been afraid to try making Chicken Parmesan. Your pics and words gave me the confidence. My chicken was crispy golden cheesy saucy perfection. I didn’t have any mozzarella or Edam cheese, so I used provolone. It was awesome.

    My boyfriend was nearly silent through the meal (normally he’s quite the talker) except to keep telling me how good it was. This is a new staple in my monthly menu… possibly more frequently!

  7. 7

    Looks super! And I love your nails. Haha. 🙂

  8. 8
    Thomas says:

    Thank you for the recipe! My Icelandic family loved it! 🙂

    We were surprised how big the chickens end up in the end!

  9. 9
    vanillapetal says:

    this one is my chosen recipe for the week… will be trying it out tomorrow. cannot wait! looks simply diiii-vine!

  10. 10
    Lara Jacobs says:

    I’ve never tried making chicken parmesan before but have had great experience with your other recipes, so I’m trying this tonight. Just wish I had enough time for garlic knots, they are delicious!

  11. 11
    vanillapetal says:

    ok… so i tried it. and i LOVED it! amazing! like eating a pizza flavoured pasta! the best part was the leftovers- which were just as delish the next day!

    thank you!

    p.s. i added a few more cheeses into the mix- chedder and feta. ama-zing!

  12. 12
    zunicka says:

    I cooked this delicious chicken and we love it! Petra your website is great, great photos, great recipes, l am impressed.
    Are you from Slovakia?

  13. 13
    zunicka says:

    Jasne Peta, som Slovenka. No tak to cumim, ze baba zo SR ma taky perfektny blog, lebo fakt vyzera ako nejaky zahranicny – a este na taku mladu babu, super super, len tak dalej!
    Toto kuriatko robili v restike v ktorej som kedysi pracovala v Amerike a vdaka tebe som si tento recept urobila doma a sirim ho dalej:) A ked som ho servirovala, zlozila som servitky podla tvojho navodu.
    Hned si ho ukladam do oblubenych a prihlasujem sa na odber noviniek.
    PS:uzasne fotky,fakt!

  14. 14
    anika says:

    ohh I’m making this at the moment and its smells yummie! even my son ( who has autism and only want to eat cookies and chips) can’t wait untill its finished. You make the recipies that make my son go eating! thank you!
    ( your tortilla wraps are one of his favorites too.)

  15. 15
    Doma says:

    U r very talented gal…amazing receipes…Thanks a lot.

  16. 16
    Francine says:

    Awesome recipe my family and I really loved it, thanks so much!

  17. 17
    Bader says:

    Your site is making me unbelievably hungry! I have to try out this recipe, not much of an onion fan but these pictures make me think otherwise

  18. 18
    yasmin says:

    OHHH.. MY.. GOD!!! this so unbelievably One mouth watering meal!!!

    Great work!!
    x 🙂

  19. 19
    Isabelle says:

    My husband looooves this recipe and so do I!! I love recipes like this, easy and delicious! I absolutely LOVE your blog, please come out with a cookbook!

  20. 20
    Lauren says:

    Chicken Parmesan is my live-in boyfriend’s favorite meal. He loves Olive Garden so I made him Pasta Fagioli and Chicken Parm the other night from this recipe, so he could enjoy it at home! It was so fabulous! Do you have any tips for making sure the chicken stays flat? I pounded it down quite thin but once it baked it puffed right back up again. The chicken breasts I used were rather large, so it was a little too thick with not enough breading because it poofed back up so big!

  21. 21
    Delilah says:

    I have been looking at this recipe for about a year now, and I just made it!
    It was very delicious and filling. So much so that my father is now contentedly napping on the couch haha. Thanks for keeping up such a cute blog with yummy recipes 🙂

  22. 22
    Jouhaina says:

    im gonna try this recipe one of these days, it looks soo yummiee!!!
    greetings from hollanddd

  23. 23
    Meropi says:

    Tried this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! One of the tastiest things I’ve cooked and yet so simple. Can’t wait to cook this with/for my boyfriend. 🙂 Hopefully we’ll remember to snap some pictures before we gulp it all down.
    Thank you so much for this very awesome blog!

  24. 24
    ada says:

    ahoj petra, tvoj recept bol bohuzial ukradli a drzo skopirovali na mimibazar. pokladam to za neobycajnu bezocivost, este aj fotky boli len hlupo skopirovane….
    myslim, ze by si tam mala napisat dotycnej panej a aj adminovi

    • 24.1
      Petra says:

      ahoj ada! velmi pekne ti dakujem za info, velmi si to cenim! idem to tam teda preskumat…. 🙂 pekny den! petra

  25. 25
    Diego says:

    Tried it this last weekend i can tell it’s absolutely delicious, it made my saturday’s lunch a gourmet one. Thanks for sharing it!

  26. 26

    I would love to try your recipe soon and thanks for sharing it! It looks so delicious.
    By the way, where did you get the garlic peeler? I’m looking something similar like yours.

    Thanks! 😉 Happy New Year!!!

  27. 27
    Hope Tran says:

    Thanks for your simple easy to follow recipe, I made this last night and it turned out superb. Hoping to see more recipes from you in the future. Keep up the great work! P.S. your step by step photos are a great visual 🙂

  28. 28
    Crystal says:

    I cooked this last night for my husbands’ birthday dinner and it was so so delicious. I made it twice for 8 people and everyone absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this, it became a family favorite.

  29. 29
    Tamara says:


    I’m spanish so maybe my english is not perfect. I love cooking and I have found this blog reading one spanish food blog. I want to ask you, what means “crushed tomatoes”? They look so red and a little liquid. How do yo get it?

    Thanks, and sorry for my english =S

  30. 30

    This is looks absolutely delicious! The combination of tomato sauce, cheese and meat is right up my street. I will try this recipe real soon.

  31. 31
    Courtney says:

    Just permade tonights dinner, it smells so yummy! This is the first I am making Chicken Parm!

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