Chicken Parmesan is a meal that I love to order at an Italian restaurant. So of course it needs to be added to our meal rotation. My Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan is topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese and is served with spaghetti. This is a meal that sings to my carb loving heart! Making this classic Italian dish at home is pretty darn easy and every bit as good as the Chicken Parmesan I order at restaurants.
The Chicken For Easy Chicken Parmesan
I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this Easy Oven Baked Parmesan Chicken. For this recipe I use 2 full chicken breasts, (about 1 1/2 pounds) that I pound out to an even thickness for cooking. Most chicken breast are thicker on one end, this makes it hard for the chicken to cook evenly and can leave you with dry chicken.
To pound out the chicken, I put some parchment paper over the chicken (plastic wrap works great too), and then I pound the heck out of it using my meat mallet (the flat side). A rolling pin, skillet or anything heavy works great too.
Pound the chicken breast until it is more even in thickness. You can see in my photos below, the chicken is pounded out so it is more even.
After pounding out the chicken, I cut each chicken breast half in half, giving me 2 pieces of chicken per chicken breast. I end up a total of 8 pieces, which is perfect for our family. If you don’t cut the chicken breasts in half you will have 4 larger pieces of chicken.
Breading the Chicken
The breading on Chicken Parmesan is important! It can make or break the dish. My Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan has a delicious breading that is pretty darn simple.
Before breading your chicken, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease your baking sheet.
I use plain bread crumbs for the breading. Then, the chicken is dipped in flour, eggs and then the breading.
The plain bread crumbs need some seasoning. I love to use some seasoned salt, garlic powder, garlic salt and onion powder. Grated Parmesan cheese is also added to give it that classic Parmesan taste we love! Just measure it all out, give the seasonings, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese a good mix and set it aside. You can season the bread crumbs to your liking. Just taste the bread crumbs and add more of anything you think it is lacking.
Beat 2 eggs and set it aside. I like to have my eggs in a shallow dish for breading, this makes it easier to dip the chicken in the egg bath.
Measure out 1 cup of flour and set it aside. I use a paper plate because it is shallow and easy to dip the chicken in, and it is easy cleanup!
To bread the chicken, take your chicken breasts one at a time and dip it in the flour. Make sure the chicken is fully and evenly covered in the flour. Shake off any excess flour.
Next, take the flour coated chicken breast and dip it into the egg bath, making sure it is fully dipped and covered in egg.
Lastly, take the chicken and dip it in the bread crumbs, making sure it is fully covered in the bread crumbs. Press on the bread crumbs and make sure they are stuck on good. Place the breaded chicken breast on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat with all of your chicken breast pieces.
The Marinara/Spaghetti Sauce
I love easy recipes. Because it takes time to bread the chicken I love to use store bought Marinara/spaghetti sauce to keep the recipe easy. You can use Homemade Spaghetti Sauce if you want.
Heat the Marinara/spaghetti sauce in a sauce pan while the chicken is cooking.
The Spaghetti or Other Pasta
Traditionally Chicken Parmesan is served with spaghetti. If you are not a spaghetti fan, you can use any type of pasta. Bowtie and penne pasta are great to use for this recipe too.
I cook my spaghetti ahead of time and then set it aside. When we are ready to eat, I let hot water run over the cooked spaghetti in my colander so it can heat to the perfect temperature.
Baking the Chicken
The breaded chicken will bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
After your chicken has baked for 15 minutes, take your melted butter and brush the tops of each piece of chicken. This helps the chicken get a little crispier. This is optional, but trust me, it makes the chicken amazing!
Let the chicken finish baking, about another 10 minutes. The internal temperature needs to reach 165 degrees.
Checking the internal temperature of the chicken: I use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature (see below for the one I have and love). To check the internal temperature, you will want to check the thickest piece of chicken. Make sure the meat thermometer is stuck directly in the center of the thickest piece of chicken. The meat thermometer should reach 165 degrees in under 30 seconds.
Once your chicken has reached temperature it is time to top it with sauce and cheese. Top each piece of chicken with a bit of spaghetti/marinara sauce and then top with grated mozzarella cheese. Set your oven to broil and let it broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly to your liking.
Serving Easy Chicken Parmesan
Whether you like your chicken right on top of the spaghetti or like our chicken on the side, this will be a dinner you will love.
Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan
- 2 full skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
- 2 jars (24 oz. each) Marinara/Spaghetti Sauce *use your favorite – see notes
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese *I use the plastic bottled kind
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp seasoned salt *or more to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder *or more to taste
- 1 tsp onion powder *or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt *or more to taste
- 4 tbsp butter, melted *for brushing on the chicken during baking
- Spaghetti, cooked *or other pasta of your choice
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease your baking sheet.
- Measure your bread crumbs and add the seasonings and Parmesan cheese. Mix it together. Taste the bread crumbs and adjust the seasonings as needed. Set aside.
- Take your chicken and pound it out to an even thickness so it can cook evenly. To do this, I place the chicken on my cutting board and cover the chicken breasts with parchment paper. To pound the chicken I use the flat side of my meat mallet. A rolling pin or heavy skillet works great too. Pound the chicken so it is even in thickness.
- Cut each chicken breast in half, so you have 8 pieces. This is optional. If you do not cut each chicken breast in half you will have 4 larger chicken pieces.
- Measure your flour and put it in a shallow dish or on a paper plate.
- Take your 2 eggs and beat them in a shallow dish.
- Take each chicken breast piece and place it in the flour, then dip the chicken in the eggs and last in the bread crumbs. Make sure the chicken is evenly covered. Press the bread crumbs on to the chicken just to make sure they are fully covered. Place the chicken on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with all of your chicken pieces.
- Bake the chicken at 400 degrees. Note: Total baking time will be about 20-25 minutes but you will brush it with butter at the 15 minute mark – you will see this in the instructions below).
- While your chicken is baking, cook your spaghetti or pasta according to the directions on the package.
- After 15 minutes of baking, brush the tops of the chicken with the melted butter. Let the chicken continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (See my blog post above for tips on checking the internal temperature of the chicken and for the meat thermometer I use and like.)
- Once the chicken reaches 165 degrees, top each chicken piece with some marinara/pasta sauce and grated mozzarella cheese. Set your oven to broil (my oven automatically turns the temperature up to 525 degrees on broil). Let the chicken broil for 2-3 minutes. Watch it closely. Let the chicken broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden browned to your liking. Take the chicken out of the oven when it is done.