Quick Baked Chicken Parmesan


This baked chicken Parmesan is a lighter version of the traditional chicken Parmesan as I skip the pan-frying in oil and instead bake breaded chicken breasts in the oven, then top with sauce and cheese. My family's not big on lots of sauce and cheese, so I just use a little to flavor the dish. Feel free to add more if you like, but it's excellent as-is. Serve chicken over pasta with additional sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • canola oil cooking spray

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs

  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk water and egg together in a bowl until smooth. Combine bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, thyme, and garlic powder in a separate bowl.

    Overhead of one bowl with whisked eggs and another bowl of bread crumbs..

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  3. Dip each chicken breast in egg mixture, allowing excess egg to drip back into bowl. Coat each chicken breast in bread crumb mixture, shaking off excess.

    Raw chicken breasts being dipped in an egg mixture, then coated in a breading, and placed in a baking dish.

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  4. Repeat dipping each coated chicken breast in egg mixture and the bread crumb mixture for a double-coating and place in the prepared baking dish. Spray breaded chicken breasts with cooking spray.

    Overhead of raw, breaded chicken resting in a glass baking dish.

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  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

  6. Pour spaghetti sauce over each chicken breast and top each with mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.

    Baked, breaded chicken breasts covered in red sauce and topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

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  7. Continue baking until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the cheeses are melted, about 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  8. Serve over pasta.

    looking down at a plate of baked chicken parmesan over pasta



If you start to run out of the egg mixture, add a little more water.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
12g Fat
33g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 803mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 307mg 24%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 576mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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