The BEST Recipe for Chicken Parmesan

Published on January 30, 2014 by Lauren
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    Even though I love dump recipes and my two other chicken parmesan recipes, this one is till my absolute favorite.  It is a classic recipe that we make for almost every single one of our dinner guests.

    Oh – here are my other two recipes before I forget:

    Chicken Parmesan

    As a perfect compliment to Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe, this recipe for Chicken Parmesan is as good as any you’ll find in an Italian restaurant.  And it’s easy, too!  I’ve been making this for my wife for years, and she loves it. When she had to change her diet to eating gluten-free, I adjusted a few ingredients to accommodate her.  Fortunately, this recipe can be easily made gluten-free (details below).

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    Ok back to the recipe at hand…

    Here is how to create the ultimate chicken parmesan recipe:

    It starts with whole chicken breasts, trimmed.  Place them in a plastic freezer bag and pound them to about 3/8 to 1/2 inch thickness using the flat side of the tenderizer.  I can usually get three good portions of chicken from a normal-sized chicken breast after pounding.

    Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Parmesan

    Season with some kosher salt and black pepper, and then prepare to coat them.  I use a three-step process: flour, eggs and breadcrumbs.

    Chicken Parmesan

    First, drench in flour and shake off the excess.

    Then drop the chicken into the beaten egg mixture.

    Once totally covered, shake off the excess and place onto the breadcrumbs.

    Press the chicken into the breadcrumbs deeply on both sides, flipping a few times. This helps the coating stick really well, and completely cover every square inch of the chicken.

    Chicken Parmesan

    Now it’s ready for frying. Make sure that the oil is hot but not smoking. Place the chicken in the oil, and fry for five minutes total, flipping halfway through. Remove from the pan and blot excess oil with paper towels (this keeps the chicken nice and crispy, not oily and greasy!).

    Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Parmesan

    Place on a cookie sheet and apply a generous amount of whole milk mozzarella cheese. Many recipes apply sauce first and then cheese, and I used to do this too. But I found that the coating underneath the sauce would get soggy, and the cheese would slide off when slicing into the chicken. Melting the cheese directly on the chicken solves these problems… the chicken stays crispy and the cheese doesn’t move.

    Chicken Parmesan

    Place under the broiler for just a few minutes until the cheese gets bubbly.  Add sauce and parmesan cheese and serve!

    Here is a printable version of the recipe so that you can add it to your cookbook.

    Chicken Parmesan
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    Serves: 6
    Are you looking for the BEST recipe for chicken parmesan? This recipe is better than any one I've had at a restaurant and with my homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce it brings it out of this world!
    • 2 chicken breasts, trimmed
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose white four (gluten-free option: use a gluten-free flour substitute, we used Better Batter)
    • 2 eggs, beaten with 1/4 cup water
    • 1 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free option: use gluten-free breadcrumbs, we used Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs)
    • 1 tsp Kosher salt
    • Black pepper
    • Peanut oil, enough to cover the bottom of your pan about 1/4" deep
    • 2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
    • Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce
    • Parmesan cheese
    1. In a plastic freezer bag, or under a sheet of plastic wrap, pound chicken breasts to 3/8" to 1/2"
    2. Cut each chicken breast into 3 equal sized pieces and lightly season with kosher salt and black pepper
    3. Drench the chicken in flour, shaking off the excess.
    4. Dip the chicken in the beaten egg and cover completely.
    5. In a dish with the breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tsp kosher salt, coat all sides of the chicken.
    6. Heat peanut oil in a pan; hot but not smoking.
    7. Place chicken in the pan and cook for 5 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
    8. Blot excess oil with paper towels.
    9. Place chicken on a cookie sheet and top with mozzarella cheese.
    10. Place in broiler and cook until cheese is bubbly.
    11. Spoon sauce over chicken, garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.

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  • I made this for dinner tonight. I was trying to find a recipe that was like our favorite Italian restaurant. It was delicious. It was even better than the restaurant. My husband called it superb. Thank you for the great recipe.

  • I marinate my chicken breasts in lemon juice before coating and cooking. It makes them extra juicy and delicious!!

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