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Baked Chicken Parmesan

A lighter version of the traditional chicken parmesan that’s baked to absolute crisp perfection!

Baked Chicken Parmesan - A lighter version of the traditional chicken parmesan that's baked to absolute crisp perfection!

I don’t know about you guys but I tend to skimp on dinner. “Skimping” meaning I stick to Special K-type cereal dinners. I just get so exhausted when I come home from work, I can barely lift the cereal box out of the cabinet and pour it into a bowl.

That’s why I’m so glad I found this recipe. It’s easy, simple, so comforting and also perfect for work leftovers. All you have to do is dredge the chicken in a simple breadcrumb mixture, bake it for 25 minutes or so and then serve it with spaghetti and marinara. How simple is that?! This recipe has seriously saved me from so many cereal dinners. I need to stock up on some chicken breasts so I can make this again throughout the week!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

A lighter version of the traditional chicken parmesan that’s baked to absolute crisp perfection!

10 minutes35 minutes


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • 3/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, homemade or storebought


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Working one at a time, brush butter on each chicken breast and dredge in breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat.
  4. Place onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Gently flip and bake until the crust is golden and the chicken is completely cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  5. Remove from oven; spoon 1 tablespoon marinara on each chicken breast and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately with spaghetti and additional marinara, if desired.

Adapted from Skinnytaste.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Does anyone know the nutritional facts for this recipe ? Or at least the calories 

  2. I made this for dinner and it was phenomenal. I did make a couple.of changes. First I used 1/2 cup each of seasoned bread crumbs panko bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese. I also put dried oregano and basil into the flour. I pan-fried the chicken in a mixture of garlic oil and butter-probably about 2 Tbsp of each then into the oven to finish baking. I served it with a romaine salad garlic bread and linguini with brown butter sauce. I will definitely be making this again!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I really liked this recipe. This was the first time I made chicken parm without first dipping it in flour and egg. This was so much simpler, involved less clean up and less mess. I’m definitely making it this way again!

  4. YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve heard about your blog a couple of times and will now spend my afternoon reading 🙂

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy to make and absolutely delicious! I have made this a few times now and it is always a winner! 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    So impressed! My boyfriend and I loved this recipe.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved it! Used foil instead of parchment, so the chicken cooked in about 13 mins before turning. Easy recipe and very light dish! 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was super easy and delicious!  Lighter than a traditional version.  Will definitely make this again!  Clean up was super quick and easy too!!

  9. This was so amazing!!!  My whole family loved it!!   Any chance it can be made ahead of time for a busy work day and not time to make it fresh quickly?

  10. I made this tonight. Super easy, delicious and my family loved it. The chicken cooks better this way.

  11. Why when I bake for twenty five minutes the chicken is still not done?! What am I doing wrong?! We were really looking forward to this dish

    • Cooking time in recipes are simply an estimation. The size of your chicken can be larger than what the recipe specifies, which will require additional cooking time. Or your oven may not be properly calibrated.

  12. This was delicious!! I used a slice of provolone for each chicken breast with a little fresh basil on top. Amazing! Will only ever bake my parm from now on. Thank you! 🙂

  13. Made this for two teenaged boys and by boyfriend. It was super-easy to make and the boys didn’t leave a drop! We put it on the “to make again” list.

  14. What is the green stuff on top in your picture? Also, do you bake for 20 minutes, then flip, bake again for 5 minutes? Then take out, cheese it, then bake again for another 5 minutes?

  15. I made this for dinner last week and it was delicious! I’m going to substitute Thin Spaghetti or Angel Hair pasta next time as there was a lot of pasta left over – but I’m definitely making this again!

  16. Made for dinner tonight. It was easy to make and delicious. Hubby (who doesn’t like Italian food) was impressed.

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  19. Made this tonight, substituting turkey breasts instead of chicken. This is definitely a time and energy saver! Thank you, Chung-Ah!