Best Chicken Parmesan


This easy recipe for chicken Parm boasts juicy, tender chicken with a crispy Parmesan crust, a zesty homemade marinara sauce, and a golden layer of gooey melted cheese. Served over rigatoni pasta.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


Marinara Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14 ounce) can Italian crushed tomatoes with basil

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons red wine

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 (16 ounce) box rigatoni


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 cups canola oil for frying, or as needed

  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

For Finishing:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves


  1. Make the sauce: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Keep warm until needed.

  2. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

  3. At the same time, start the chicken: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Set out three large mixing bowls for breading chicken. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in the first bowl. Whisk together eggs and milk in the second bowl. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in the third bowl.

  5. Place chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and flatten with a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Dredge a chicken breast in flour mixture and shake off excess. Dip into egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place onto a plate. Repeat to bread remaining chicken.

  6. Fill a large, cast iron skillet with 1 inch oil; heat over medium-high heat until oil is hot but not smoking. Add breaded chicken in batches; cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan over chicken.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) and the cheeses have melted, about 5 minutes.

  8. Plate pasta portions. Stir basil into sauce and ladle over pasta. Top each portion with chicken.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1168 Calories
39g Fat
139g Carbs
63g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 1528mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 139g 51%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 63g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 417mg 32%
Iron 8mg 47%
Potassium 632mg 13%

* 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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