This Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe could not be more simple! Oven baked, breaded chicken topped with store bought Marinara Sauce and golden melty mozzarella cheese served over spaghetti makes it a family favorite!
2jars (24 oz. each)Marinara/Spaghetti Sauce*use your favorite - see notes
2cupsgrated mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1cupplain bread crumbs
1/4cupgrated Parmesan cheese*I use the plastic bottled kind
2tspseasoned salt*or more to taste
1tspgarlic powder*or more to taste
1tsponion powder*or more to taste
1/2tspgarlic salt*or more to taste
4tbspbutter, 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.
For the spaghetti/Marinara pasta sauce use any brand you like. I use 2 (24. oz each) jars of sauce. One jar is not quite enough after you top the chicken with sauce and you need sauce for serving over the pasta.You do not have to use spaghetti for your pasta. Bowtie and penne work great too!