Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite chicken dishes, since it combines breaded chicken with spaghetti and tomato sauce, two great tastes that taste great together, with a whole bunch of cheese.

You can use my tomato sauce recipe. Just start the sauce before the chicken, and by the time the chicken is done and resting, you can blend the sauce for serving.

Chicken parmesan served on spaghetti with tomato sauce and cauliflower

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Mix eggs until smooth. Drench chicken in egg and then cover in bread crumbs, packing loosely. Place on baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 165°.

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Ingredients for chicken parmesan

This recipe is why I always have something I can use for breading on hand. Panko crumbs are nice, but crushed saltine crackers will do if needed.

An Italian seasoning mix generally consists of basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. If you've got those on-hand, you don't need to buy the mixture. Just mix equal parts of those herbs (about 1 tsp each should work).

Bread crumbs, parmesan, and herbs on a plate

First we get our breading ready. Measure out the ingredients and then mix them together.

Breading mixture mixed together on a plate

Put them on a plate or other wide, shallow container so its easy to get the chicken in and out.

Two eggs in a bowl

Next scramble the eggs. This bowl isn't ideal, as some of the chicken parts are a bit too big, but it worked fine and still tastes that same.

Two eggs in a bowl, scrambled

Scramble the eggs by folding with a fork, or dirty a whisk if you'd like.

Chicken, egg, and breading ready for use

Once we've got all our ingredients ready, we can begin the breading process.

Chicken leg in bowl of eggs

Coat the chicken in the eggs. Get all the bits covered, as this is the only way the breading will stick.

Chicken leg on plate of breading

Then roll the chicken in the breading. Pat the chicken in the crumbs gently on every side. Pile crumbs on top and pat them down.

Chicken leg coated in breading

Try to get the chicken as thoroughly and evenly coated as you can.

Breaded chicken parts on baking sheet

Move the chicken pieces to a baking sheet.

The messy remains of breading and counter after all chicken is done

I had thought I would have a lot of breading left, but it turns out most of it was used.

Finished chicken on a baking sheet in an oven

After about 20-25 minutes, check on the chicken. Once the internal temperature reaches 165°, you're done! Make sure to get your thermometer deep into the middle of the thickest part, but don't hit bone or your reading will be off.

Serving chicken parmesan with cauliflower and spaghetti and tomato
sauce

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