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A plate of quick and easy homemade chicken parm.

Chicken Parmesan

This recipe is a super-easy way to make Chicken Parmesan. Using a jarred sauce (or your own homemade in the freezer sauce), thinly pounded chicken breast, and sliced mozzarella cheese, under the broiler and boom, you’re done
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta, Poultry
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 592 kcal


  • 4 about 4 ounces each boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and can we agree not to use the stuff in the green can?
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or mix some oregano, basil, and thyme together
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or as needed
  • 8 ounces spaghetti cooked according to package directions, ½ cup pasta water reserved
  • 3 cups marinara sauce either homemade Basic Marinara Sauce or your favorite prepared sauce, heated
  • 1 cup 4 – ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded, or the equal amount of sliced fresh mozzarella
  • Chopped fresh parsley or basil or both optional


  • Place the chicken breasts into a large zip-top bag; using a meat mallet (not the pointy tenderizer side, but the flat side) or rolling pin, pound to ¼ inch thickness. Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings, and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Split the mayonnaise between each breast and spread it evenly across the top with a spatula or knife. Dredge each breast, mayo side only, in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the breast, breaded side down; cook until brown, about 3 - 4 minutes; turn and cook the other side until done, about 3 minutes more. 
  • Preheat the broiler. 
  • Toss the pasta with 2 cups of the marinara sauce adding a little of the pasta water if it seems dry. Place 1 cup of the cooked spaghetti in each of 4 oven-proof bowls or gratin dishes; top with a chicken breast then ¼ cup of sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. 
  • Broil for 3 – 4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Garnish with the herbs, if desired.


Find the recipe for Basic Marinara Sauce here


Serving: 1gSodium: 1327mgFiber: 5gCholesterol: 88mgCalories: 592kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 15gProtein: 48gCarbohydrates: 65g
Keyword easy chicken parm, quick easy chicken parmesan
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