Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan is a great comfort food dish that’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, but special enough to serve at a dinner party!

Skillet chicken parmesan with basil.

Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Parmesan is a family favorite at my house… I mean, what’s not to love? Nobody can turn down a plate of juicy chicken, fried to perfection, and covered in gooey cheese. Especially when it’s served with a side of pasta.

The great thing about this dish is you can really prep most of it in advance, making meal time a breeze. So, of course Chicken Parmesan makes a regular appearance on our weeknight dinner rotation. But I really think it’s special enough to serve to friends at a dinner party too!

What is the Difference Between Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Parmigiana?

There isn’t one! Chicken parmesan is also known as chicken parmigiana, which is a traditional Italian dish of breaded chicken, covered in tomato sauce and bubbly cheese. Recipes may vary from place to place, but they’re all essentially the same.

It doesn’t really matter what you end up calling this chicken dinner as long as it makes its way into your meal rotation – your family members (and your stomach 😉 ) will thank you!

Ingredients for chicken parmesan.

Recipe Ingredients

What are you going to need to construct this pan-fried chicken masterpiece? Gather up the following:

  • Chicken: I used 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced into medium sized cutlets, and sliced or pounded to 1/3- 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt and Pepper: To season chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: I like to use Panko breadcrumbs, but whatever your favorite brand is will work.
  • Seasoning: You’ll need dried basil, dried parsley, and garlic powder.
  • Eggs: For breading the chicken cutlets.
  • Vegetable Oil: For frying the chicken.
  • Tomato Sauce: 1 (24 ounce) jar Bertolli* sauce.
  • Cheese: Use both grated mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Optional: 1 pound pasta cooked according to package directions to serve with the chicken.

Can You Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes! Using chicken breasts is the traditional approach, but chicken thighs make for a deliciously flavorful chicken parm. Make sure to pound them with a meat mallet so that they will be thin enough to fry, but after that, proceed as usual.

How to Make Homemade Chicken Parmesan

Anyhow, let’s talk about this Skillet Chicken Parmesan and how to do it for your family or guests…or really whoever! What I love best about this recipe is so much can be done in advance, so if you are hosting you have the maximum time with your guests!

Trim & Season the Chicken: Place your chicken breasts on a large cutting board, trimming any excess fat. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.

Prep the Frying Stations: In a shallow bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, basil, parsley and garlic powder. In another shallow bowl whisk together the 2 eggs.

Breading mixture for chicken parmesan.

Dip & Coat the Chicken Cutlets: Creating a working station, dip each cutlet into the egg and then into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly. Repeat this process with all the chicken.

Heat Oil: In a 10- inch skillet add enough oil to cover and fill the pan until it’s 1/4- inch deep. Heat the oil on medium until it’s hot enough to fry. (To test the heat of the oil place the back end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If bubbles form immediately the oil is ready. If not allow the oil to heat a few minutes more.) Line a large plate with paper towels and set aside.

Fry the Chicken: Place 3-4 pieces of chicken in the hot oil. Allow the chicken to cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to the paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. When all the chicken is cooked pour the frying oil into a glass container to dispose of. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.

Chicken frying in a skillet.

Add Tomato Sauce & Cheese: Pour the entire jar of Bertolli sauce in the skillet and nestle all the chicken into the sauce and sprinkle the chicken pieces with both cheeses. Preheat the oven to broil.

Cook on Stovetop: Cover the skillet with a lid or foil and place back on the stove top and heat over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is just about melted.

Broil and Serve: Finally uncover the skillet and place under the broiler for 1- 2 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and lightly toasted. Serve immediately with pasta.

Chicken parmesan with a side of pasta.

Tips for the Best Chicken Parm

And that’s the process! It takes a bit of work to get to this bubbly, crispy chicken parm, but the result is so worth it. Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Make Ahead Tips: I bread my chicken way in advance. Just cover it and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it! You can even fry your cutlets ahead too. That is a huge time saver! If you do that just take them out of the fridge about 15 or so minutes before you place them in the sauce to take the chill off.
  • For Extra Cheesy Chicken Parm: Mix in some parmesan cheese with the breadcrumbs. Also, make sure to use fresh mozzarella. It yields the best results!
  • If You Want to Skip Frying: You don’t have to fry the chicken. If you’re looking to make a somewhat lighter meal calories-wise, bread the chicken and make baked chicken parm instead. Skillet Chicken Parmesan is the family favorite, but we wouldn’t turn down a serving of baked chicken parm either!
Plate of chicken parmesan with pasta.

Serving Suggestions

What goes with pan-fried chicken parmesan? So many things! Here are a couple of my suggestions:

  • Pasta: You could do anything from spaghetti to penne! Whatever you like.
  • Salad: A light leafy green side salad goes perfectly with chicken parm.
  • Bread: Toasted garlic bread would be great, and if you have time, you could make a batch of these Garlic Knots!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store any leftovers (if you have them!) in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

When you’re ready to enjoy another delicious plate of chicken parm, simply reheat in the microwave or the oven, with a little extra cheese. Because the chicken has been sitting in the sauce, the breading will probably be a little soggy, but the chicken will still taste fabulous.

Can You Freeze Extras?

Yep! It’s a great idea to freeze this dinner before you melt the cheese and add the sauce. Then when you’re ready to eat it, just allow it to thaw out, add in the sauce, sprinkle in the cheese, and heat! Store in an airtight container for 2-3 months.

Forkful of chicken parmesan.

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Skillet Chicken Parmesan

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category Category: Dinner
  • Method Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Italian

Description:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan is a great comfort food dish that’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, but special enough to serve at a dinner party!


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced into medium sized cutlets and sliced or pounded to 1/3- 1/2 inch thick
  • salt and pepper to season chicken
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • vegetable oil to fry
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Marinara sauce
  • 1 1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound pasta cooked according to package directions to serve

Instructions

  1. Place your chicken breasts on a large cutting board, trimming any excess fat. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a shallow bowl mix together the bread crumbs, basil, parsley and garlic powder.
  3. In another shallow bowl whisk together the 2 eggs.
  4. Creating a working station dip each cutlet into the egg and then into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly.
  5. Repeat this process with all the chicken.
  6. In a 10- inch skillet add enough oil to cover and fill the pan until it’s 1/4- inch deep. Heat the oil on medium until it’s hot enough to fry. (To test the heat of the oil place the back end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If bubbles form immediately the oil is ready. If not allow the oil to heat a few minutes more.)
  7. Line a large plate with paper towels and set aside.
  8. Place 3- 4 pieces of chicken in the hot oil. Allow the chicken to cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  9. Transfer the chicken to the paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil.
  10. When all the chicken is cooked pour the frying oil into a glass container to dispose of. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.
  11. Pour the entire jar of Bertolli sauce in the skillet and nestle all the chicken into the sauce and sprinkle the chicken pieces with both cheeses.
  12. Preheat the oven to broil.
  13. Cover the skillet with a lid or foil and place back on the stove top and heat over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is just about melted.
  14. Finally uncover the skillet and place under the broiler for 1- 2 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and lightly toasted.
  15. Serve immediately with pasta.

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Kristi M Bowman
February 8, 2021 7:27 pm

I will be trying this but I am also curious about the frying pan you used in the pictures? It looks like a super nice one and I am in the market for a good pan that can be put in the oven etc.

March 16, 2020 12:03 am

Best recipe yet. It came out perfect and definitely not mushy! It’s pinned and saved for next time!

Bettie Martin
October 29, 2015 9:26 pm

I made your Skillet Chicken Parmesan and it was DELICIOUS. 4/4 of us loved it. My family has already asked me to put this on our Repeat List. My daughter has a texture issue with tomatoes so the marinara sauce worked perfect for her. She WILL NOT eat diced, sliced or chunks of tomatoes—I know, I know, I know!!!! We only have a Kroger close to our house and they didn’t sell Bertolli sauce so I just used regular marinara sauce. I’m going to another store tomorrow on a search for Bertolli! Thanks for sharing this simple, quick and delicious… Read more »

October 26, 2015 7:21 am

This is my kind of recipe – easy and tasty! Bertolli is the best!!

October 22, 2015 12:31 pm

Bertolli is, hands down, one of our favorite sauces! And chicken parm, the best!

October 20, 2015 5:13 pm

I love anything made in a skillet. This is lovely, so comforting!

October 20, 2015 10:23 am

Love skillet recipes like this! Chicken Parmesan is one of our favorites – this is a recipe the whole family will love!

October 20, 2015 9:00 am

One of my family’s very favorite meals! Yours looks glorious!!! xo

October 20, 2015 8:33 am

WHY have I never thought of breading my chicken in advance? GENIUS!! And that sauce — I’ve got to find some!!

October 20, 2015 7:50 am

I like that so many of the steps can be done beforehand!

October 20, 2015 12:53 am

This looks beyond delicious! I am loving all those flavors and it is SO PERFECT for a dinner party!!! I could have this for dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!

October 19, 2015 11:16 pm

Oh BOY! Just looking at that crispy chicken makes me weak at the knees. Fabulous meals Shelly!

October 19, 2015 3:45 pm

Chicken parm is one of my very favorite meals, and your version would totally hit the spot! Love your tips too!

October 19, 2015 3:11 pm

I am LOVING everything about this!!!

Georgia
October 19, 2015 2:58 pm

Peyton Manning would be impressed! I love chicken parm cooked any way.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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