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Easy Chicken Parmesan and Homemade Marinara Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Calories 3018 kcal


  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 basil leaves torn
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 c half and half optional
  • For the chicken:
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 c parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried italian herbs
  • 1 c marinara sauce
  • 1/2 c mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. For the tomato sauce: Grab your favorite large pot and sauté onion in olive oil and butter for 5 minutes or until softened.

  2. Add in garlic and cook for another minute. Add in tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, and stir.
  3. Cook the sauce on low heat while you prepare the chicken, stirring every few minutes. When the chicken is done, remove sauce from heat, add more salt and pepper if needed, and add in half and half.
  4. For the chicken: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  5. Prepare a breading station with 3 shallow dishes or pans
  6. The first dish, combine flour salt and pepper, the second dish the beaten egg and the third bowl breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese and spices.

  7. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then add a good pinch of salt and pepper to each dish of the breading station as well.
  8. Take a piece of chicken and dredge in flour, shake off excess. Dip into the egg mixture and finally into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure chicken is well-coated. Set chicken aside on a small baking sheet. Continue the process until you've breaded all the chicken.
    Breading station with egg, flour and panko
  9. Allow chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes while breading sets.
  10. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or oven proof sauté pan on medium high heat.
  11. Add in 2-3 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Make sure not to crowd the pan. Chicken does not have to be cooked thru. They will finish cooking in the oven.
  12. For the chicken parmesan: Once all the chicken is cooked, remove excess oil from the pan and add 1/2 cup of sauce, or more to the bottom of the pan until it is covered.

  13. Place chicken cutlets in the sauce, top with mozzarella cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the chicken.
    breading station with chicken flour and egg
  14. Allow chicken parmesan to rest for 5 minutes, then serve with pasta of your choice and the tomato basil marinara.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Parmesan and Homemade Marinara Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 people)
Calories 3018 Calories from Fat 1413
% Daily Value*
Fat 157g242%
Saturated Fat 53g265%
Cholesterol 928mg309%
Sodium 4612mg192%
Potassium 3300mg94%
Carbohydrates 162g54%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 229g458%
Vitamin A 2719IU54%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 1794mg179%
Iron 15mg83%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.