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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Mamma mia! It’s time for some good old-fashioned Italian comfort food. Easy oven baked chicken parmesan is a quick and simple dish your whole family will love.

Crispy oven baked chicken breasts smothered in savory red sauce and topped with melted mozzarella makes this easy recipe a hit every time. Simple enough for any weeknight, oven-baked chicken parmesan will become a regular in your rotation in no time. Chicken breasts in the fridge and not sure what to make tonight? With just a few pantry staples, quick and easy baked chicken parmesan will be on the table in no time.

Quick and easy oven baked chicken parmesan.

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Who doesn’t like some good old-fashioned Italian comfort food? Quick and easy oven baked chicken parmesan is a simple dish you’ll want to make on the regular. Picky eaters? It’s breaded chicken and pasta sauce. Your pickiest of eaters will be cleaning their plates.

It tastes amazing with a chopped salad, some roasted vegetables, or even oven-roasted asparagus.

Simple enough for a weeknight dinner yet impressive enough to dress up your Sunday dinner table. Having guests? Just add more chicken breasts and an additional jar of your favorite tomato sauce. Be aware to not overcrowd your baking dish and the additional chicken will cook evenly. Put on some Sinatra or Dean Martin and let’s get cookin’!

How To Make Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked chicken parmesan right out of the oven.

In just 30 minutes in the oven, you’ll have this delicious Italian feast on the table. In the oven just long enough to fill the house with delectable aromas and get the family’s mouths watering. They’ll think you fussed for hours but no one needs to know how simple and easy oven baked chicken parmesan is to make.

A piece of chicken parmesan topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella.

What You Need:

Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Spaghetti topped with tomato sauce and chicken parmesan.

Kitchen Tools Needed:

Ingredients Needed:

Baked chicken parmesan over pasta.

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How Long Do I Bake Chicken Parmesan in the Oven?

In a preheated 400 degree oven, you bake your breaded chicken uncovered for 20 minutes before adding your favorite spaghetti/penne or marinara sauce. These first 20 minutes will allow your chicken to get nice and crispy. A crisp crust on oven baked chicken parmesan is key to perfecting this dish. Without the breadcrumbs nice and crisp, when you add the sauce you will have a soggy mess on your hands.

Once you’ve baked your chicken parmesan for 20 minutes in your preheated 400 degree oven, simply pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

After the additional 10 minutes, check the thickest part of the chicken breast with an instant-read digital thermometer (aka your best friend in the kitchen). The chicken will be done at 165 degrees. If your chicken is not quite done (depending on the size of your chicken breasts) simply continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes until the chicken has reached 165 degrees.

As always let the chicken parmesan rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Oven baked chicken parmesan and spaghetti.

What Should I Serve with My Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan?

I like to serve my easy oven baked chicken parmesan over a bed of pasta. What type of pasta? This is really up to personal preference. I like mine over spaghetti, linguine, or fettucini. I find these longer pastas help soak up all that delicious sauce.

On the side, a simple green salad is always nice and the freshness works as delightful palate cleanser in contrast with the richness of the chicken parmesan.

Any green vegetable can also be a nice accompaniment. I like a little broccoli or green beans. Also, don’t forget your garlic bread to sop up that sauce on the plate. In any grocer’s freezer section you’ll find garlic Texas toast that will be ready in 5-8 minutes. Pop it in the oven as your easy oven baked chicken parmesan rests and it’ll all be ready at the same time.

Can I Modify this Recipe for Dietary Restrictions or Personal Preference?

Absolutely! Have at it! Here are some of my favorite ways to change this recipe.

  • Only have plain breadcrumbs on hand? Simply add some Italian seasoning to your plain breadcrumbs.
  • No breadcrumbs at all on hand? Substitute crushed crackers instead. You can easily doctor them up with a little Italian seasoning or garlic powder and oregano.
  • Gluten-free? No worries! Substitute the seasoned breadcrumbs with a gluten-free alternative. Many grocery stores sell gluten-free breadcrumbs or you can make your own with crushed gluten-free crackers.
  • Cheese lovers in your family? Try adding a little grated parmesan to your breadcrumbs and double the shredded mozzarella on top.
  • On the flipside, lactose intolerance? Simply omit the shredded mozzarella on top and when dredging your chicken breast omit the mill and double the egg.

Play around. Have fun. Cooking should be a joy. Buon appetito!

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Print Recipe
Learn how to make super easy oven-baked chicken parmesan with this recipe.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:35 mins

SERVINGS

4

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • 13×9 Glass Baking Dish
  • Instead Read Food Thermometer

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 jar your favorite spaghetti/penne or marinara sauce 24oz
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine lightly beaten egg and milk in a bowl.
  • Dip chicken in egg/milk mixture, then dip in in bowl with breadcrumbs. Then, place breaded chicken breasts in a 13×9 inch glass baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and add shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until done. Check with an instant read thermometer. Temp will be 165 degrees F when done.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1721mg | Potassium: 1112mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1150IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked chicken parmesan, chicken parmesan, italian dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 418kcal
Quick and easy oven baked chicken parmesan.

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26 Comments

  1. Hi I made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy. I added parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to the egg and bread crumbs. I like a lot of flavor and this worked for us. The crust was nice and crunchy with no soggy parts. I would suggest checking the chicken temp before adding the sauce and cheese however. My chicken was very thick and needed almost an extra 20 minutes to cook. Thank you for the super easy recipe. I will definitely be making this many more times to come.

  2. Tried it! Loved it! As did my fiance, chicken parmesan is one of his favorites so I was a little worried about trying it– so glad I used this recipe!

  3. Made this for dinner tonight and the family loved it and were asking for seconds. So glad i found this recipe.

    1. If you use a mallet to flatten each breast to an even thickness, I like just under an inch thick, it won’t take as long.

  4. Loved it and so does the hubby and kids, will be making again for sure! Super easy too, even for beginners!

  5. Delicious and easy! My family didn’t even know that this was made with no oil! Only change I made was to add parmigiana cheese to the bread crumbs. Definitely going into one of our regular meals.

  6. I made this tonight.
    It was very good! But may I suggest salt pepper and maybe garlic salt on the chicken before the bread crumbs.
    This recipe was great (and easy) but the chicken itself was bland.
    I will be making this again ????

  7. FINALLY… something that EVERYONE can agree on!!!! The kids LOVED it! Did NEED extra marina sauce, in my opinion, but otherwise it was PERFECT!!!! Thank you for posting!!!

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for writing us. You should be fine to freeze the chicken and reuse later. In our own home we frequently make extra chicken while doing recipes like this and vacuum pack and freeze it for later use. Works perfectly!
      Happy Cooking!
      Kent

    1. Hi Michelle,
      I’d always recommend fresh for optimal taste, but you can certainly either reheat from the fridge or frozen for convenient meals in the future. We will often do double batches of recipes like this with the intent of vac packing and freezing for a future meal.

      Happy Cooking!
      Kent

  8. Great recipe. I did some doctoring with added spices but it was just great and easy for a single Dad. Thanks