Quick Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan


This chicken Parmesan starts out with frozen breaded chicken fillets. It only takes a handful of ingredients and dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a college dorm meal if you only have an air fryer and a portable hot plate to cook on.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • 2 fully cooked breaded chicken fillets (such as Kirkwood®)

  • ½ (8 ounce) can marinara sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, cut in very thin strips


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 5 minutes.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, set 2 chicken fillets into the air fryer basket.

  4. Air fry chicken fillets for 6 minutes. Flip fillets over and cook for 6 minutes on the other side. Spread marinara sauce over fillets. Top each fillet with mozzarella slices. Air fry until cheese is melted, about 3 more minutes.

  5. Drain spaghetti noodles and divide noodles between 2 bowls. Carefully add a chicken fillet to each bowl. Garnish with basil.

Cook's Note:

I buy the Kirkwood® brand of chicken breast fillets that are sold in a red bag at Aldi®. Remaining fillets can be air-fried and served on sandwich buns for an at-home replica of the famous chicken sandwich.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

884 Calories
34g Fat
97g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 884
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 3513mg 153%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 41g
Potassium 476mg 10%

* 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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