This foolproof chicken parmesan is a great, quick, and easy meal to be enjoyed by all family members.
I didn't get around to trying chicken parmesan until my late 20's. Once I ate it, I was determined to recreate and perfect it. My improvements? Making it lighter. Something about eating an entire chicken breast, plus spaghetti, was just too heavy for me. Sure, it's great for a Sunday, but I wanted to enjoy this meal on any weeknight. Then combine it with fresh herbs, fresh mozzarella, and a decent jarred sauce. I knew I created a budget-friendly weeknight winner.
Easy Chicken Parm
One (1) 1lb. Chicken Breast, Butterflied
2 tbsp Flour
1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp Fresh Rosemary
1 heaping tbsp Parmesan
3/4 tsp Salt, divided
1/2 tsp Pepper, divided
6-8 tbsp of preferred jarred sauce
3-4 slices of Fresh Mozzarella
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a gallon Ziploc bag, add flour plus 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a shallow bowl, add eggs. Season lightly with salt and pepper, whip, and set aside.
In another shallow bowl, add Italian breadcrumbs, parmesan, and fresh rosemary. Mix and set aside.
Season both sides of chicken breast with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 of pepper and place into the Ziploc bag with flour and shake until coated.
Remove chicken and place into egg mixture, coating evenly.
Place egg-coated chicken into breading, coat, and place onto an aluminum-lined baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare another aluminum-lined baking sheet.
In a skillet, add olive oil on a medium heat until it simmers. You'll want your entire pan to be covered with oil, but no more than half a cm.
Place chicken in simmering oil and cook for about 3 min per side or until golden brown.
Remove chicken from skillet and place onto baking sheet.
Spoon on sauce and place in oven for 5 min.
Remove pan from oven, increase heat to broil.
Add fresh mozzarella along with a dusting of parmesan, then broil until cheese is melted and bubbling.
Need Pairing Inspirations?
This meal tastes best with sautéed veggies on the side, layered with spinach, or even on a bun! You could also garnish it with chopped basil to give it a complexity and freshness.
Make this meal your own by customizing or making your own sauce. Adding fresh herbs, garlic, and shallot are all delicious ways to elevate your meal.
You could also substitute marinara for pesto! Homemade or store bought, this is a delicious twist on a classic meal.