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20 Best Chicken Parmesan Recipes (All Types)

Chicken Parmesan Recipes

While Chicken Parmesan was not created in Italy, it has its foundation there. Growing up in an Italian household, I am no stranger to Chicken Parmesan. What is there not to love when combining chicken and cheese as a base for a dish. 

There are many variations of this dish; some many have not considered. The best news is these recipes are easy to prepare. 

1. Tasty Homemade Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Tasty Homemade Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe prepares enough to feed a family of four. This recipe is simple to scale up for larger families or dinner parties. This recipe is perfect for leftovers that can be reheated.

This recipe calls for chicken tenders, but chicken breasts are easily substituted. The chicken should be pounded to flatter than an inch. It uses two types of cheeses; parmesan and mozzarella.

In this recipe, the chicken is first fried in a pan and then baked in an oven until the cheese is brown. 

2. Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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This Chicken Parmesan is a twist on the traditional recipe with a casserole. Chicken breasts or tenders can be used as they will be cut into one inch pieces. This particular recipe includes garlic and pasta.

The chicken is not dredged in bread crumbs. Instead, they are sprinkled on top of the chicken before baking. Once it is cooked, the casserole is served over ravioli or rotini.

The ingredients in this recipe are affordable and healthy for the entire family. 

3. Chicken Parmesan with Ravioli Bake

Chicken Parmesan with Ravioli Bake

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This recipe combines chicken tenders, creamy cheese, and tomato sauce. It has the extra bonus of cheese ravioli. Adding fresh rolls and a green salad is a great way to make this a complete meal.

The ravioli are cooked in boiling water and then placed in a baking dish and mixed with sauce and spices. The chicken is browned in a pan then layered on top of the items in the casserole dish. Then it all is topped with mozzarella cheese to bake up hot and bubbly. 

4. Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts

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This recipe for Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts has a cheesy, crunchy breading that is easy and delicious. Chicken is an affordable option for protein. However, it is easy to get tired of it quickly.

This recipe is a great way to bring excitement to chicken. Before frying, egg, garlic, and cheese are mixed together and layered on the chicken prior to frying. An essential tip for this recipe is to pound the chicken flat and ensure it is the same thickness for even cooking.

5. Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Crispy Chicken Parmesan In A Plate

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This Crispy Chicken Parmesan recipe is closer to the traditional style where the chicken is breaded, coated in sauce, and cheese is melted on top. This recipe uses both Panko and Italian flavored breadcrumbs. These produce crispy chicken with a ton of flavor.

The coating for the chicken also includes garlic and parmesan cheese. For a slight change in flavor, use chicken thighs instead of breasts. Once the chicken is fried and then baked with sauce and cheese, serve over pasta, mashed potatoes, or vegetables. 

6. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan uses fresh mozzarella with the suggestion to cut it in cubes instead of shredding it. It uses fresh basil, but any Italian herb can be substituted. It can also be removed completely based on taste preference.

Another suggestion for this recipe is to use high quality tomato sauce to get the best results from the recipe. 

7. Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan With Pasta

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This is an excellent recipe for a healthier version of the traditional Chicken Parmesan. The chicken is breaded but not fried, giving it a lighter taste. Serving it over roasted vegetables instead of pasta helps to keep it light and healthier.

A side salad is also a great addition. Brushing butter or oil on the chicken before breading helps the bread crumbs stay on the chicken and get crispy. Substituting whole wheat or gluten free breadcrumbs are also options.

The cheese (and butter) can be easily omitted for those not wanting to consume dairy. This recipe creates a great family-friendly meal.

8. Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana With Vegetable Salad

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This is Bobby Flay’s Chicken Parmigiana recipe. This recipe includes directions for homemade tomato sauce. This Chicken Parmesan recipe is easy to make, but it is best for those who have some cooking experience.

The chicken in this recipe is fried, but two pans are going at once. For someone new to cooking, they may want to use only one pan and fry fewer pieces of chicken at a time. The prep time is a little for those that opt to make the tomato sauce in the recipe.

It takes about 30 minutes to make that and about 15 – 20 minutes to prepare the chicken for baking. This recipe is an excellent take on Chicken Parmigiana for those up to the challenge.  

9. Classic Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Classic Chicken Parmesan

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This recipe is for the classic Chicken Parmesan that everyone loves. It is hard to find one better than this. The crispy Parmesan crust helps bake in the juices of the chicken.

It is topped with large amounts of homemade sauce and melty cheese. This recipe is excellent reheated. If there are any leftovers, store them in the fridge and heat them when ready.

This quick meal is easy to make on any hectic weeknight. Put the chicken on a toasty roll for something different instead of serving it over pasta. 

10. Quick Chicken Parmesan

Quick Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe creates a magical blend of classic marinara, bubbly mozzarella cheese, and chicken. This recipe requires some ingredients that may not be in the house, but it is worth it. This recipe calls for red pepper flakes to give the chicken a little kick.

They are optional and easy to omit if spicy food is not desired. Included in this recipe are some tips for less experienced cooks. It consists of a video, as well as a list of ingredients and tools needed. 

11. Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe is quick and easy to make. It does not, however, lack taste or juicy flavor. This recipe is the ideal combination of tangy sauce, melty cheese, and crispy chicken.

This recipe uses jar tomato sauce, but homemade is always welcome. When using jar sauce, one thing to mention is to pay attention to the sugar content. Tomato sauce often has a high amount of sugar.

As with many chicken recipes, pounding the chicken until it is thin and even is highly recommended. It cooks evenly and faster this way. Once the chicken is fried, move it to a baking dish with mozzarella and sauce to finish the cooking process. 

12. Homemade Chicken Parmesan

Homemade Chicken Parmesan

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This recipe is what one would expect from a standard homemade Chicken Parmesan recipe made from scratch, including the tomato sauce. The great thing about making it from scratch is anyone can put a special twist on it to make it unique. This recipe is for a family-friendly meal that kids love and is relatively easy to make.

It is perfect for a busy weekday night or a dinner party. When choosing to make it from scratch, it is easy to know exactly what is in your food, and there are no surprises or hidden ingredients, like sugar. 

13. Easy Chicken Parmesan

Easy Boneless Chicken Parmesan

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This great Chicken Parmesan recipe combines everyone’s favorite ingredients: cheese, breaded chicken, and tomato sauce. This dish has been considered comfort food for a long time. This recipe is ideal for boneless and skinless chicken breasts.

A great tip for this recipe is to use homemade breadcrumbs. Putting stale bread in a food processor is a simple way to make breadcrumbs. Instead of chopping onions, try to grate them.

The onions will cook faster, release more juice, and give your sauce an incredible flavor. 

14. Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Panko breadcrumbs chicken parmesan

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There are many Chicken Parmesan recipes available, and this is one of the best recipes available. This recipe is easy enough to make on a chaotic weeknight. The chicken in this recipe is well seasoned and crispy; the sauce is full of flavor with a touch of sweetness.

The Panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a lighter, more subtle taste. This recipe allows the seasoning and sauce to fill the dish with flavor. If there is any chicken left at the end of the meal, it can be refrigerated or frozen, making it perfect for leftovers. 

15. Chicken Parmesan

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan

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This quick and easy version of Chicken Parmesan is ready in under 30 minutes. There is no baking involved, which speeds up the process. Only one pan is needed.

This recipe allows dinner to be on the table with ease. The chicken is extra crispy and tasty from frying in butter. Remove the chicken once it is cooked and add the sauce.

Once heated, the chicken is added back to the pan with mozzarella and parmesan on top. The dish is finished once the cheese is melted. 

16. Chicken Parmesan

Marinated Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe is simple to make at home. The chicken remains juicy while baked in a simple sauce with melty cheese. This recipe is a family favorite that even kids love.

It is easy for a weeknight but also ideal for a dinner party. Your guests may even think you ordered it from a restaurant. This recipe has a twist because the chicken is marinated in Italian seasoning mix and salt to give it extra flavor and tenderness.

The Panko breadcrumbs give it a nice golden color. Let’s not forget the melty cheese on top, creating a fantastic meal. 

17. Ultimate Easy Chicken Parmesan

Ultimate Easy Chicken Parmesan

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For many, Chicken Parmesan is comfort food, and this recipe delivers precisely that. This layered dish provides several opportunities to add flavor. While this recipe has several steps, they are simple and easy to follow.

To make the process faster, use jarred tomato sauce instead of homemade. Consider homemade sauce and breadcrumbs for those wanting to make the entire dish homemade. This recipe adds fresh basil leaves between the chicken and the cheese to get an extra pop of flavor.

The basil can be omitted for those that do not like the taste. 

18. Easy Chicken Parmesan

Nutty Flavor Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken Parmesan is a loved dish and a comfort food to many but often requires many steps and time. The many steps often makes it feel overwhelming to newer cooks or those short on time. This recipe offers shortcuts that are smart and time saving, making this recipe possible on a busy weeknight.

Even better is that some of these steps can be done ahead of time to save time during actual cooking. This recipe calls for fontina instead of mozzarella. It has a nutty and buttery flavor to give another layer of flavor to the chicken. 

19. Easy Chicken Parmesan

Pasta Chicken Parmesan

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This Chicken Parmesan recipe provides easy steps to prepare a beloved meal and has alternative suggestions for those who want something a little different. For example, it suggests trying spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles instead of pasta. For those who want pasta as their base or side for this meal, the recipe suggests cooking the pasta while the chicken bakes so no time is wasted.

It also suggests trying a different type of pasta other than the traditional spaghetti. For those new to this recipe, this is a great start. For those experienced, now could be the time to make some adjustments and try something new. 

20. Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air-Fryer Chicken Parmesan

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This recipe is a completely new twist on Chicken Parmesan. Instead of frying and baking the chicken, this recipe air fries it. An air fryer is needed for this recipe.

An air fryer cooks raw chicken. It does need to be flipped during cooking. Breaded chicken can also be cooked in an air fryer.

This recipe cuts down many of the typical steps associated with Chicken Parmesan. It also eliminates some of the ingredients. This recipe is a great way to make a quick and healthier version of Chicken Parmesan.