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Classic Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

There’s no need to go out for Chicken Parmesan once you learn how easy it is to make at home. Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey shows you how.

Although this dish is traditionally served with a side of pasta, a crisp salad dressed with oil, vinegar, and herbs is also a nice accompaniment. This chicken also makes wonderful leftovers. Reheat it for 10 minutes; try it in a sandwich with a little extra sauce on the side.

Classic Chicken Parmigiana


3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds total), or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 cups jarred tomato sauce or Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh, cut into eight 1/4-inch-thick slices


Heat broiler. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a shallow bowl. Season both sides of chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dip chicken in the beaten egg, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat both sides.

Spread tomato sauce onto the bottom of a 10-by-15-inch baking dish. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 4 chicken cutlets in skillet; cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Using a spatula, transfer browned cutlets to baking dish, placing them on top of sauce. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets.

Top each cutlet with a slice of mozzarella. Broil about 4 inches from heat source until sauce is hot and cheese is melted and lightly browned in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Our friend Sarah Carey, editor-in-chief of Everyday Food Magazine just launched her delicious “How-To” series on YouTube. A 13-year veteran of the Martha Stewart test kitchen, Sarah is an expert in converting culinary classics into easy and convenient meals for the family.

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  • Regina Paes

    I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading along. I’m loving it! Keep up the good work.


    • Modern Day Moms

      Thank you so much, Regina!

  • Amani Hamza

    It is great you added pamisan cheese. I usually dip the chicken scalops first in flour with: salt, pepper, a pinch of cardimom and thym and cummin. Then in beaten eggs, then in just bread crumbs. This way the scalopes will have a thick tasty coat . You then can immediately add a slice of a cheese of your choice on top. You can skip all the rest and serve it with sauté as a side dish.

    I love your recepie very much, but thought why not you try mine too. Keep the good work and good luck, you deserve it.

  • Mary Hartlett

    Thank you!!!! I made this tonight an it came out delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing

    • Modern Day Moms

      Yay! Happy to hear :)

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