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Chicken Parmesan ~ crispy breaded chicken cutlets smothered in mozzarella cheese and baked in a homemade marinara all over thin spaghetti.
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Chicken Parmesan

Step by step instructions to delicious, restaurant quality crispy Chicken Parmesan with a homemade marinara. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy chicken parmesan recipe
Servings: 4



  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Pankow breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese of freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1/2 cup onion of diced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup red wine dry, not sweet
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes can
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1/2 - 1 pound thin spaghetti


  • Pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/4" thickness then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Set up a ‘breading station’: (1) beaten eggs (2) flour in a plate or shallow bowl (3) Combine Italian breadcrumbs, Pankow breadcrumbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese also on a plate or shallow bowl.
  • Bread the chicken repeating until all the chicken is coated.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add the butter and olive oil then add the chicken to the hot oil without overcrowding (work in batches if necessary) cooking 3-4 minutes per side and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, add the onion and grated garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook 4-5 minutes or until the onions have softened.
  • Pour in the wine, lower the heat and continue cooking 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, brown sugar and a very small pinch of red pepper. Combine thoroughly then cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes.
  • Add the parsley and continue cooking 5 more minutes.
  • Pour about 1/3 of the sauce into a shallow baking dish (enough to cover the bottom with a little extra) then transfer the chicken cutlets to the baking dish, top with a couple of tablespoons of sauce and slices of mozzarella.
  • Bake at 400° For 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.  Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions, top with extra sauce and chicken.