When you think of homemade food, one of the first recipes to pop to mind is chicken parmesan. This Italian inspired dish is one of the most loved comfort foods thanks to its simplicity, its rich taste and just how easy it is to make it.
Chicken parmesan is the kind of recipe you can always change and alter to fit your needs and the taste of your family which also makes it a versatile choice for picky eaters and busy weekday nights.
This short recipe will teach you how to cook chicken parm in 7 easy steps…or 10, if you feel adventurous enough to make the sauce from scratch.
Let’s get started!
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This recipe includes both the sauce and the chicken so you’ll need two sets of ingredients:
For the Sauce
- ¾ Cup of Onion, either grated or thinly sliced.
- ¼ cup of Olive Oil.
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minched.
- 28 oz of crushed tomatoes. You can buy them canned or crush them yourself.
- 1 tsp of oregano. Dried.
- Red pepper flakes to taste.
- A pinch of sugar.
For the Chicken
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, halved.
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups of bread crumbs
- ½ cup of fresh parmesan cheese
- All-purpose flour (about 2 TBSP but you might need more)
- 1 cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh mozzarella cheese, preferably grated or shredded.
- ½ cup provolone cheese, grated.
- Salt and Pepper.
This recipe serves 4 but only you know the appetite of your family. If you feel like you need more or less cheese then go ahead and change that to your preference, just remember that the more cheese you use the longer it’ll take for it to melt so you might have to lower the oven temperature slightly.
Once you’ve collected all the ingredients it’s time to start cooking!!
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How To Cook Chicken Parm
To Cook the Sauce
The sauce should always be cooked first, not only because you can do it while you preheat the oven but also because it needs to be ready once you’re done with the chicken so it pays to think ahead.
If you’re making pasta as a side dish, save some of the pasta water in case you need to thin the sauce. It’s an old Italian trick that you’re going to love!
Step 1 – Sauté your Onions
In a sauce pan, heat up ¼ cup of olive oil and add about ¾ cup of onion, either thinly sliced or grated.
Sauté for 3 minutes or until brown.
Step 2 – Add Garlic
Add your garlic and cook for about a minute or until fragrant.
In total, the onion shouldn’t be cooking for more than 4 minutes.
Step 3 – Add Everything Else
Once the onion and garlic have been sautéed, add the crushed tomatoes, the oregano, the red pepper flakes and, lastly, the sugar.
Mix thoroughly before letting it heat until it simmers, then reduce the heat and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.
- Tip: Using copper cookware to make the sauce? Don’t! Copper will react with the tomato and can alter the taste of your sauce.
To Cook the Chicken
Once your sauce is simmering proceed to cook your chicken.
If you think your sauce might burn while you do this, take it out from the heat and start warming it up again when your chicken is in the oven.
Let’s get started!
Step 1 – Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. This needs to be the first step so the oven has reached the ideal temperature by the time you’re ready to cook the chicken.
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Step 2 – Flattening the chicken
Grab your chicken cutlets or breasts and place them between two layers of food safe plastic (freezer bags do the trick) on top of a solid surface.
Firmly pound each cutlet or breast with a meat mallet, a frying pan or even your own hands.
Continue doing this until the chicken is about ½ inch thick.
Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
Step 3 – Breading the Chicken
To do this, you need to have three things ready:
1.- A deep bowl, where you’ll beat your eggs and 2 tbsp of water.
2.- A shallow dish with flour.
3.- A shallow dish with bread crumbs.
Once you have those ready, you can start breading the chicken:
- Take each flattened chicken breast and dredge both sides on the flour.
- Dip the chicken breasts in the egg mixtures and let the excess drain.
- Dredge the chicken breasts on the bread crumbs, pressing gently to make sure the bread crumbs stick.
- Set aside and repeat the process.
Step 4 – Sealing the Chicken
Heat 1 cup of olive oil in a large skillet or pan. Once hot, cook your chicken breasts for about 2 minutes per side or until slightly browned.
Be careful not to leave the chicken on the skillet for too long, as this will increase your chances of overcooking it once it’s in the oven.
Step 5 – Add the Sauce
Carefully arrange the chicken breasts on a baking dish once they’re all cooked and layer generously with the sauce.
Alternatively, you can cover the bottom of the baking pan with sauce first, arrange the chicken breasts second and add more sauce for good measure.
You didn’t cook your own sauce? That’s okay! Just add the tomato sauce of your preference!
It can be added cold, as it will heat up in the oven, but it’s better if it doesn’t come straight out of the fridge.
Step 6 – Add the Cheese
Layer each chicken breast with mozzarella, provolone and sprinkle everything with parmesan. You can also add fresh basil on top of everything to improve the taste.
Step 7 – Bake!
Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.
Now that you have your chicken parmesan is time to serve. While this is up to personal preference, here are the most common side dishes:
- Spaghetti alla marinara
- Caesar Salad
- Garlic Bread
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes
- Caprese Salad
- Steamed Broccoli
- Asparagus (read more: what does asparagus taste like?)
You now know how to cook chicken parm and make your own tomato sauce in the process.
We hope you’ve found this recipe fun, easy to follow and that the chicken parmesan you cooked tasted delicious.
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